WordPress Excerpt Editor

Excerpt Editor provides a convenient place for creating and editing all WordPress excerpts. It can also add custom excerpts for pages (not possible without a plugin). Version 1.0 contains many new features: option to append excerpts from the most recent posts or from the sub-pages to all Posts and/or Pages, option to replace the content with the excerpt on the Home page, all archive pages and/or all tags pages. This eliminates content duplication (SEO).

Currently the interface is only in English, but the excerpts can be in any language supported by WordPress. The plugin also includes .pot file for easy translation.

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Version 1.2

  • Updated for WordPress 2.6.
  • Renders (or hides) all registered shortcodes properly when auto-creating excerpts.
  • Doesn’t append the “Continue reading” link at the end if the post is shorter than the specified excerpt length.

Version 1.1

  • Updated for WordPress 2.5.
  • Removed auto-creation of excerpts on saving or editing.

Version 1.0

  • Includes translation functionality. Speed improvements when appending excerpts from sub-pages and/or posts. When appending excerpts from sub-pages, only the page’s children are included (not sub-children, sub-sub-children, etc).
  • Added option to replace the content with the excerpt on the Home page, all archive pages and/or all tags pages. This eliminates content duplication (SEO).
  • Added option to append excerpts to Posts and Pages.
  • Fixed: problems displaying the *Read More* link.
  • Improvements to the admin page.

Version 0.3.2

  • Fixed: when editing Pages, WordPress would delete the custom excerpts.
  • New option: if *Read More* link is used, it can contain comments count.
  • New option: display the *Excerpt* box when writing/editing Pages.

Version 0.3.1

  • Fixed: properly append the “Read More” link when auto-generating excerpts.
  • Now using nonce fields when deleting or saving excerpts.
  • The code is organised in a class for better compatibility with other plugins.
  • A few other small bugfixes and cosmetic changes.

Version 0.2.1

  • Fixed: properly remove <script>, <![CDATA[ and html comments when auto-creating excerpts.
  • Other small bugfixes and cosmetic changes.
  • New: Auto-create excerpts when publishing new Posts and Pages (WordPress 2.1+ only).
  • New: Use the “More” tag to create the excerpts.
  • New: When displaying posts without an excerpt on the “Home” or “Archive” pages (depending on your theme), or sending RSS feeds, auto-create the excerpt from the content either using the “More” tag or from the first 55, 70, 100, 130 words. Optionally keeping the HTML tags (WordPress 2.1+ only).


Editing: That should be pretty straight-forward. Log in WordPress and go to “Manage – Excerpt Editor”. The excerpts are shown in the large text area. If no excerpt exists for the current Post/Page, the first few sentences from the content are loaded, ready for editing. Posts can be selected from a drop-down list, also there are buttons: “Delete”, “Reload from the content”, “Next”, and of course “Save and get the next”.

Editor Options: Excerpts can be selected by month, by type (Post or Page) and by date. The length can be determined by the “More” tag or by drop-down list – 35, 55, 70, 100, 130 words. There is an option to retain some of the HTML tags when loading excerpts from the content. However when the excerpts are used for META descriptions, they should be text only.

Display and RSS Options: The Excerpt Editor has an option to replace the standard 55 words, plain text auto-excerpt that is created by WordPress when needed for Posts without excerpts. The replacement can be customized in length, can contain HTML tags and optional “Read More” link at the end. That link has css class of “read-more” and the text can be changed.


Standard WP quick and easy installation:

  1. Download.
  2. Unzip.
  3. Upload to the plugins folder.
  4. Log in WordPress and activate the plugin.
  5. Go to “Manage – Excerpt Editor” to use it.


  1. Log in WordPress and deactivate the plugin.
  2. Upload (ftp) the new version to the plugins directory, overwriting the old one.
  3. Activate the plugin and go to “Manage – Excerpt Editor” to set your preferences and to use it.

Advanced settings

When auto-creating excerpts from the content, you can choose to keep some html tags. WordPress will try to close any open tags, but may put the closing tag in the wrong place. Also pages with only links (a sitemap, for example) will have to be edited by hand, as each link is counted as only one word, so the excerpt will contain 40-50 links. If you are using the excerpts as META descriptions, deactivate all tags.

Does this plugin work on WordPress version…

Excerpt Editor has been tested on WordPress 2.2.3, 2.3 and 2.3.1

I have … plugin installed that uses the excerpt, will there be any conflicts/incompatibilities?

No conflicts/incompatibilities have been reported so far.

Does Excerpt Editor support languages other than English?

Currently the interface is only in English, but the excerpts can be in any language supported by WordPress.


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    Recently update wordpress versition. I have used plugins. great service.

  • #355 by enveloped December 12, 2012 at: 2:31 pm

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts about excerpt editor. Regards

  • #354 by nicolas November 30, 2012 at: 11:26 am


    Im try to use your plugin. But I need make some changes.

    I need send the thumb picture to Amazon S3 service!

    Can you give me a clue about how can modify your plugin to reach my goal.

    Thanks, Nicolas

  • #353 by developer May 6, 2012 at: 9:04 am

    it didnt work for me . I am using inline post plugin and the post should be displayed for those post. can u help me what can be my mistakes

  • #352 by Zoltan April 16, 2012 at: 8:32 am

    No answer yet to the below attached comments…
    And I tried it as well, and not apear on pages, nor on posts after edit, and save.. – guess its a useless plugin or incompatibility with WP 3.3.1 or some bug thing.

    #343 by I.G. Romov February 6, 2012 at: 4:44 pm

    Ditto #342. Found it in the Tools part of the dashboard, found the options, etc. but don’t exactly know what to do with it. Loaded a PAGE of material, positioned cursor at desired excerpt point, seemed to automatically give 70 words or some such but when reloaded into browser, still have full page of material: no excerpt, no more tag or anything. Sorry, glad everyone else “gets it” but no joy here.
    #342 by Karen January 12, 2012 at: 11:54 am

    When you are adding the page or in our case post content, where do you put the excerpt as we don’t see a place for it. Is it perhaps our version of word press. What we would like to do is use this plugin to allow us to have the most recent post show in the side with an excerpt that can be different than the posts content.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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  • #348 by Fotografia ślubna warszawa February 25, 2012 at: 4:39 am

    Samochód na przyrzeczenie W sumie kolor tej bieli jest ileś dalszy aniżeli kamizelki niemniej jednak sama nie wiem. Jak aby naprawdę całokształt ladnie poszlo a zespół bedzie miala wolne 20 i 21 sierpnia owo bodaj bedzie nasza data slubu. Oferta skierowana jest aż do osób, par poszukujących czegoś więcej aniżeli zdjęcia ślubne warszawa oklepany dokument ze ślubu azaliż wesela. w sumie o ile to ślub owo doskonale luźny. Ja też chciałam posiadać wesele, masa gości itp. Kamerzysta zaś fotografik w nowej cenie. Kamerzysta i fotograf w nowej cenie

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