Asked  7 Months ago    Answers:  5   Viewed   39 times

How can I truncate a string after 20 words in PHP?


function limit_text($text, $limit) {
    if (str_word_count($text, 0) > $limit) {
        $words = str_word_count($text, 2);
        $pos   = array_keys($words);
        $text  = substr($text, 0, $pos[$limit]) . '...';
    return $text;

echo limit_text('Hello here is a long sentence that will be truncated by the', 5);


Hello here is a long ...
Wednesday, March 31, 2021
answered 7 Months ago

A regex would be simplest:

$input = 'foo_left.jpg';
if(!preg_match('/_(left|right|center)/', $input, $matches)) {
    // no match

$pos = $matches[0]; // "_left", "_right" or "_center"

See it in action.


For a more defensive-minded approach (if there might be multiple instances of "_left" and friends in the filename), you can consider adding to the regex.

This will match only if the l/r/c is followed by a dot:

preg_match('/(_(left|right|center))./', $input, $matches);

This will match only if the l/r/c is followed by the last dot in the filename (which practically means that the base name ends with the l/r/c specification):

preg_match('/(_(left|right|center))\.[^\.]*$/', $input, $matches);

And so on.

If using these regexes, you will find the result in $matches[1] instead of $matches[0].

Wednesday, March 31, 2021
answered 7 Months ago

From: jQuery text truncation (read more style)

Try this:

var title = "This is your title";

var shortText = jQuery.trim(title).substring(0, 10)
    .split(" ").slice(0, -1).join(" ") + "...";
  • Tested here

And you can also use a plugin:

  • jQuery Expander Plugin

As a extension of String

String.prototype.trimToLength = function(m) {
  return (this.length > m) 
    ? jQuery.trim(this).substring(0, m).split(" ").slice(0, -1).join(" ") + "..."
    : this;

Use as

"This is your title".trimToLength(10);
Wednesday, June 9, 2021
answered 5 Months ago

This can't work properly. Stored with Unicode there are many more Characters than with ANSI. So if you "convert" to ANSI, you will loose lots of charackters.

You can use Unicode (UTF-8) charset with htmlentities:

string htmlentities ( string $string [, int $flags = ENT_COMPAT [, string $charset [, bool $double_encode = true ]]] )

htmlentities($myString, ENT_COMPAT, "UTF-8"); should work.

Thursday, August 5, 2021
answered 3 Months ago

You can pass the limit as the third parameter of explode that will do the job.

$split = explode('-', 'orange-yellow-red',2);
echo $split[1]; //output yellow-red
Thursday, August 12, 2021
answered 3 Months ago
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