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Output Excerpt Manually

There is always the_excerpt(), but that does some pretty specific stuff (e.g. adding paragraph tags, adding [...], not respect the more comment, use the saved excerpt...). Advanced Excerpt is pretty good at customizing that.

If you want to get real simple though:

<?php 
  $content = get_the_content(); 
  echo substr(strip_tags($content), 0, 130) . '...'; 
?>

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  1. Permalink to comment#

    Change the … to

    &hellip;

    and you’ve got an even better snippet. 3 dots (periods) is not the same thing as ellipses.

  2. Permalink to comment#

    Instead of substr which may not work in some languages use wp_trim_words function instead.

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Markdown is supported in the comment area, so you can write inline code in backticks like `this` or multiline blocks of code in in triple backtick fences like ```this```. You don't need to escape code in backticks, Markdown does that for you.

Sadly, it's kind of broken. WordPress only accepts a subset of HTML in comments, which makes sense, because certainly some HTML can't be allowed, like <script> tags. But this stripping happens before the comment is processed by Markdown (via Jetpack). It seems to me that would be reversed, because after Markdown processes code in backticks, it's escaped, thus safe. If you think you can fix this issue, get in touch!

If you need to make sure the code (typically HTML) you post absolutely posts correctly, escape it and put it within <pre><code> tags.

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