This is an awesome wordpress plugin for customizing the look of an excerpt of a post you are creating.

guff » the_excerpt Reloaded
February 26, 2005
WP plugin: the_excerpt Reloaded
posted by Kafkaesquí under WordPress
updated: March 3, 2005

* Download:
o the-excerpt-reloaded.zip
* Display:
o the-excerpt-reloaded.php

With time on my hands this afternoon I decided to use some up and post about my last *older* WordPress plugin previously gone unmentioned on guff.

A great reference for making wordpress template that resembles more of a CMS than a Blog.

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