The WordPress Excerpt is an optional summary or description of a post; in short, a post summary.
The Excerpt has two main uses:
- It replaces the full content in RSS feeds when the option to display summaries is selected in Dashboard › Settings › Reading.
- Depending on the WordPress theme, it can be displayed in places where quick summaries are preferable to full content:
- Search results
- Tag archives
- Category archives
- Monthly archives
- Author archives