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Add Manual Exceprts to Pages in WordPress

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John Locke is a SEO consultant from Sacramento, CA. He helps manufacturing businesses rank higher through his web agency, Lockedown Design & SEO.

Excerpts in WordPress are sometimes used as preview text on an archive page (like a blog or category page).

WordPress themes usually enable excerpts on Posts by default.

If you are editing a post, and don’t see the field for Excerpt, it is probably hidden under the Screen Options tab in the top right corner. [See Figure 1 below].

Does WordPress enable manual excerpts on Pages by default?

Pages and Custom Post Types do not have support for manual excerpts “out-of-the-box”.

WordPress Screen Options and Exceprt checkboxFigure 1: Screen Options tab and Excerpt checkbox.

Adding Support for Excerpts to Pages in WordPress

Here is a code snippet you can add to your functions.php file to add excerpts.



/**
 * Add manual excerpts for Pages
 */

add_action( 'init', 'ld_add_excerpts_to_pages' );
function ld_add_excerpts_to_pages() {
     add_post_type_support( 'page', 'excerpt' );
}


Adding Support for Excerpts to Custom Post Types in WordPress

Do you need to add manual excerpts for custom post types? Add this code snippet to your functions.php file, and it will do the trick. Be sure to switch out your-post-type in the first parameter for the name of the custom post type where you want to add excerpts.



/**
 * Add manual excerpts for Custom Post Types
 */

add_action( 'init', 'ld_add_excerpts_to_cpt' );
function ld_add_excerpts_to_cpt() {
     add_post_type_support( 'your-post-type', 'excerpt' );
}


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John Locke is a SEO consultant from Sacramento, CA. He helps manufacturing businesses rank higher through his web agency, Lockedown Design & SEO.

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