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Leslie Hui
Leslie Hui
3,330 Points

Trimming the no of characters for the description in Wordpress


I'm learning "How to Build a WordPress Theme' now and would like to know how i can limit the no. of characters to display for the description in the Work page.

For this line of code <?php the_field('description'); ?>

Any advise please, Zac Gordon?

1 Answer

Leslie Hui
Leslie Hui
3,330 Points

Thanks Gautam Thapar! I actually solved it before you replied. :)

    $trim_length = 104;  //desired length of text to display
    $more = '… '; 
    $custom_field = 'description';
    $value = get_post_meta($post->ID, $custom_field, true);
    if ($value) { ?>
    <p><?php echo rtrim(substr($value,0,$trim_length));?> </p>