How to Change Post Excerpt Length in WordPress

By default, WordPress displays only 55 words as an excerpt but sometimes we need to change the post excerpt words length, while we customizing the archive landing page or post-landing page from default to the new word limit.

In this tutorial, I will explain how to change post excerpt length in WordPress by applying some code in your functions.php file from your current activated WordPress theme folder.

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How to change post excerpt length in wordpress

You can change the default WordPress post excerpt from 55 words to as you want by following the below two mehtods:

  1. Manual method
  2. Using WordPress plugin

Manual Method

Open functions.php file from your current activated theme folder and copy paste below code at the end of the file. Below code will change the post excerpt from 55 words to 150 words.

Using WordPress Plugin

If you have not coding knowledge OR you don’t want to make any changes in your theme’s files, then this method will help you to change the post excerpt from default 55 words to as you want. follow the below steps to install and configure this plugin.

Step 1) Download the latest version of Advanced Excerpt plugin from

Step 2) Login to your website admin panel and navigate to the Plugins => Add New and then click on the upload button.

Step 3) Select the downloaded zip file from your computer and click on install now button.

Step 4) Click on Activate button after the installation and follow the plugin’s instructions.

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Prem Tiwari

An engineer by profession and a passionate blogger by heart. Founder of (A Programming blog for beginners), Tech Speaker at various forums. A part from this he is an open source enthusiast, WordPress Lover, Blogger, SEO, and Growth Strategic.

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