How to Add a Read More Link to Manual Excerpts

Written by Jean Galea
Written by Jean Galea

Last updated on 23 Mar 2014

If you want to add a 'read more' link to your manual excerpts, here's how to do it. I tested this code with a child theme from Genesis but it should work for all themes.

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If you want to add a ‘read more’ link to your manual excerpts, here’s how to do it.

//* Changing excerpt more - only works where excerpt IS hand-crafted
function manual_excerpt_more( $excerpt ) {
	$excerpt_more = '';
	if( has_excerpt() ) {
    	$excerpt_more = '&nbsp;<a href="' . get_permalink() . '" rel="nofollow">[Read more]</a>';
	return $excerpt . $excerpt_more;
add_filter( 'get_the_excerpt', 'manual_excerpt_more' );

I tested this code with a child theme from Genesis but it should work for all themes.

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<span style="font-weight: 400">Written by: </span>Jean Galea
Written by: Jean Galea

Jean Galea is an investor, entrepreneur, and blogger.

He is the founder of WP Mayor, the plugins WP RSS Aggregator and Spotlight, as well as the podcast.

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  1. Hi! Thank you very much!
    May be you know how to make that my custom more link showing in same paragraph. Now it looks like that:

    (paragraph tag open)
    here manual excerpt text
    (paragraph tag close)
    (paragraph tag open)
    here my custom more link
    (paragraph tag close)

    I want to display more link inline at the end of excerpt text, after last letter.

  2. The manually created excerpts don’t have anything like “read more” in the RSS feed. The posts have the link on the main page. When I look in the RSS feed, I can see that the automatically generated excerpts have […] at the end. Do you know how to add something to those manually created excerpts in the RSS feed?

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