get_extended( string $post ): string[]

Gets extended entry info (<!--more-->).


There should not be any space after the second dash and before the word ‘more’. There can be text or space(s) after the word ‘more’, but won’t be referenced.

The returned array has ‘main’, ‘extended’, and ‘more_text’ keys. Main has the text before the <!--more-->. The ‘extended’ key has the content after the <!--more--> comment. The ‘more_text’ key has the custom "Read More" text.


Post content.


string[] Extended entry info.
  • main string
    Content before the more tag.
  • extended string
    Content after the more tag.
  • more_text string
    Custom read more text, or empty string.


function get_extended( $post ) {
	// Match the new style more links.
	if ( preg_match( '/<!--more(.*?)?-->/', $post, $matches ) ) {
		list($main, $extended) = explode( $matches[0], $post, 2 );
		$more_text             = $matches[1];
	} else {
		$main      = $post;
		$extended  = '';
		$more_text = '';

	// Leading and trailing whitespace.
	$main      = preg_replace( '/^[\s]*(.*)[\s]*$/', '\\1', $main );
	$extended  = preg_replace( '/^[\s]*(.*)[\s]*$/', '\\1', $extended );
	$more_text = preg_replace( '/^[\s]*(.*)[\s]*$/', '\\1', $more_text );

	return array(
		'main'      => $main,
		'extended'  => $extended,
		'more_text' => $more_text,



User Contributed Notes

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    Displaying small excerpts from latest posts

    If you want to display the latest posts on your WordPress blog, but only the content which comes before the <!--more--> tag, you can use this:

    $post = get_post();
    $myposts = get_posts( array(
    	'posts_per_page' => 5
    ) );
    foreach( $myposts as $post ) : setup_postdata( $post );  
        $content_arr = get_extended ( $post->post_content );
           <a href="<?php the_permalink(); ?>"><?php the_title(); ?></a>
           <?php echo $content_arr['main']; // Display the part before the more tag  ?>   
    <?php endforeach; ?>

    Note: $content_arr['extended'] contains the contents after the more tag.

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