How to Limit the Post Excerpt in WordPress?

Updated on May 6, 2023 by Editorial Team

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In WordPress, displaying the post excerpt can provide a brief overview of the blog post to the readers. However, sometimes the default excerpt length may be too long or too short. In such cases, limiting the post excerpt can be beneficial.

With the Post Listing block from The Plus Blocks for Gutenberg, you can easily limit the blog post excerpt by character or word count.

To check the complete feature overview documentation of The Plus Blocks for Gutenberg Post Listing block, click here.

Requirement  – This block is a part of The Plus Blocks for Gutenberg, make sure its installed & activated to enjoy all its powers.

To do this, add the Post Listing block on the page, and select the appropriate listing type, post type, style and layout.

Then go to the Show Excerpt/Content section under the Extra Options tab.

Note: Turn on the Show Excerpt/Content toggle if it is turned off.

To limit the excerpt by word count, select By Words from the Excerpt Limit dropdown and set the desired number in the Maximum Words field.

post listing excerpt count

Note: You can also limit the excerpt by characters, by selecting By Character from the Excerpt Limit dropdown.

This will keep all the blog post’s excerpt length to an equivalent number of words in the listing.

Also, check How to Limit Blog Post Title in WordPress.