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Limiting the output of a custom field.

  • Hi,

    I want to limit the ‘description’ field output so I can create a summary on one page and get the full description on another. I know where to place my code, I’m just not sure how to limit the character output of my ‘description’ field.

    I have this;
    <?php the_field('description'); ?>

    Lets say I want to limit the output to 20 words, how can I do that easily?


    • smspaul

    • January 28, 2014 at 7:32 am

    In this situation, you could try something like this:

    • Elliot

    • January 28, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Hi @danfloun @smspaul

    Exactly! And make sure to use get_field instead of the_field to get the value, and then pass it into the function to trim it down.


  • Okay, this is what I did;

        <?php $summary = get_field('description');
              echo substr($summary, 0, 200); ?> 

    That does what I require, thanks.

  • I would recommend using the built in WP function wp_trim_words.

    <?php $excerpt = wp_trim_words( get_field('your_custom_field' ), $num_words = 50, $more = '...' ); ?>

  • Thanks @lukeclifton, this works really great and is simple.

    • azygo

    • November 22, 2018 at 1:47 pm


    Thank you for solving that. But where should I place this code please ?

  • its worked perfectly

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