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Always Show Excerpts


After getting annoyed that the default 2017 theme always showed the full post content on every index page, I extended the answer at into this lightweight plugin that can filter calls to “the_content” and return the post excerpt instead.


  1. Upload the plugin files to the /wp-content/plugins/always-show-excerpts/ directory, or install the plugin through the WordPress plugins screen directly.
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ screen in WordPress
  3. Go to the Settings -> Reading page to configure the plugin, picking which types of archives should be affected.


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  • Tested against 5.6 alpha


  • Initial release.
  • Tested against 5.2.4