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Display the_excerpt only if there is text

Have you ever wanted to display the excerpt only if you write one? A simple couple lines of code can display the_excerpt any where you like.

In my new theme, I am using this coded trick to display the excerpt on a single post only if I’ve got text inside. Usually if you use the_excerpt and you don’t have one, it will fake one for you.

This is not something that I wanted to do on the single post page. So I used the following code to check if the excerpt existed.

if ( !empty( $post->post_excerpt ) ) :

Once this action is taken into account, you can factor in what code you want to out put if the post_excerpt isn’t empty.

if ( !empty( $post->post_excerpt ) ) :
else :

The above code checks if there is an excerpt and print’s it to the screen. If there isn’t an except, it doesn’t do anything.



  1. Tim

    May 17, 2009 at 11:39 am

    Very helpful tip. I love the flexibility of WordPress and this is one more trick to have when working out a custom content display.
    Thanks for posting this!


    Tim´s last blog post..Disappearing Widgets – A Solution in WordPress 2.7

  2. Andrew

    September 17, 2009 at 6:10 am

    I’m trying to get this to work only
    $returns = mysql_query($query);
    $result = mysql_fetch_row($returns);
    $post_title = $result[5];
    $post_excerpt = $result[7];

    display 2 titles and not the main decription or article body, any help please?

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