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Post Excerpt widget

Last Update: January 14, 2024


The Post Excerpt widget grabs and displays a short section of a post. It is generally used in an archive or Loop Grid.

Where is the excerpt taken from?

The excerpt can be taken from one of two places – the excerpt text box or the post itself. 

Create excerpts with the text box 

Every post has the option to include an excerpt in the excerpt text box. This excerpt needs to be added manually.

There are two ways to add the excerpt manually – through the WordPress dashboard or through the Elementor Editor:

Add an excerpt through the WordPress dashboard

  1. Open the post in the WordPress editor
  2. Click the Post tab.
  3. Enter the excerpt text in the text box.
    WordPress dashboard 1 Post Excerpt widget 1

Add an excerpt through the Elementor editor

  1. Open the post in the Elementor Editor
  2. Click the Settings icon at the bottom of the panel.
    Clcik settings in the panel Post Excerpt widget 3
  3. Enter the excerpt text in the text box.
    Adding an excerpt through Elementor settings Post Excerpt widget 5

Generate excerpts using the post text

The other option is to generate the excerpt automatically from the post itself as described below.

Example: Adding a Post Excerpt to a Loop Grid

Using the excerpt text box

In the example below, we’ll add a Post Excerpt to a Loop Grid. 

You must have at least one post and the post should have a post excerpt.

  1. Create a Loop Grid and template.
  2. Drag a Post Excerpt to the template.
    Drag a post excerpt widget Post Excerpt widget 7

A post excerpt will appear in the template. When you save to the template, all the posts that contain post excerpts will have these excerpts displayed in the loop. 

Note: You can also include a post excerpt in a Heading or Text Editor widget by using a dynamic tag

Using the post content

Obviously, creating a post excerpt is a time-consuming task. To make the process more efficient, you also have the option of automatically creating a post excerpt from the content of the post itself. To do this:

  1. Add the Post Excerpt widget to the loop.
  2. Click Post Excerpt in the panel.
    Click Post Excerp in the panel Post Excerpt widget 9
  3. Turn the Apply to post content toggle to on.
    Turn the toggle on Post Excerpt widget 11
  4. Select how long (in words) you want the excerpt to be. 
    Select number of words for Post Excerpt widget 13

If you don’t select a number of words, the excerpt will contain the entire post.

The Post widget will now use the content of the post to create the post excerpt. However, if there is a manually created post excerpt, the widget will use that post excerpt instead of taking content from the post

Other options

Open the Advanced tab to add more options:

post excerpt 8 Post Excerpt widget 15
  • Before – Add content before the post excerpt. 
  • After – Add content after the post excerpt.
  • Fallback – Text that will be used in case there is no post content.

Next steps

Learn more about the Loop Grid and creating a post archive

Read the tutorial showing how to Create a Single Post Template

Have more questions? We’re more than happy to assist.

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