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How To Add Post Excerpt In WordPress? 2 Easy Ways

What Is An Excerpt?

A WordPress excerpt is a post summary or a short description of the post. A theme uses an excerpt as a preview to show what the post is about? Instead of showing the full post content. If excerpt is not created by post writer then WordPress automatically creates an excerpt for the post. According to WordPress an ideal excerpts is one to two sentence long descriptive text covers the gist of the article, by default an excerpt length is set to 55 words in WordPress, but we can also control excerpt length for our WordPress post.

Where Do I Find Post Excerpt?

There are many places where you can find WordPress post excerpt, depending on the themes, there places are given below, where WordPress post excerpt can appear.

  • Search results
  • RSS feeds
  • Blog Page
  • archived pages
  • Portfolio Page
  • Homepage Featured Content

How To Add Post Excerpt In WordPress?

WordPress provides an excerpt box or filed to add post excerpts, steps to add WordPress post excerpt is given below.

Step 1: Click On Setting Icon.

There is a setting icon at the top right corner of the post (see the image.)

Setting Icon

Step 2: Click On Document Tab.

Just click on document tab under the setting icon and scroll down. You will see many options like Article Tags, Featured Image and also Excerpt option.

Excerpt Option

Step 3: Click On Excerpt Option.

As you click on excerpt option you will get an excerpt box to write an excerpt. Now you can write your post excerpt in this field.

Add Post Excerpt In WordPress
Excerpt Box

In general you can see your post excerpt in Google search result page, just below the post link. Here we are showing search page result for the wpHow.co site.

Excerpt In Search Result

These are the steps to add post excerpt in WordPress.

To Add Post Excerpt In WordPress Using A Plugin.

You can also make use of a plugin to add WordPress post excerpt, there are many free plugins are available in WordPress Plugin store.

We area adding a Search result page for such a plugin in WordPress Plugin Store.

Plugin Search Result Page.

Plugin Search Result

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