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Is there any way to limit the text just to the first paragraph of the body lets say? Thanks very much guys. 

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Thanks Diogo

I tried this:

      $lotes = $pages->get(1025)->children();
      function getFirstPara($string) {
      $string = substr($string,0, strpos($string, "</p>")+4);
      return $string;
      foreach ($lotes as $lote) {
      echo getFirstPara($lote->body);

And it worked great !!! :D

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You might want to move that function to a file that is called by all the others, so you have it available averywhere, like _func.php or even the head file if you prefer.

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In the latest 3.x version, there's also some nice additions that will let you easily do this.


Nice. Funny that there is a regex example that seems to do what ts wants.


// render the first found paragraph only

if(preg_match('!(<p>.+?</p>)!', $value, $matches)) {

echo $matches[1];


Regex is basically voodoo to me so i don't quite understand the exclamation marks but i'm sure Ryan has a better grasp :)

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The exclamation marks are simply pattern delimiters. Normally, this is "/", but PHP looks for the first character in a pattern string and treats it as the delimiter. This comes in handy whenever you have a pattern containing a forward slash, as you'd otherwise have to escape it to tell PHP that it's part of the pattern and not its end.

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As a follow up question to the first paragraphy solutions provided. Is there a way to get "the rest of the text" output? A way to exclude the first paragraph?

The result I am looking for is to output the first paragraph from a body text field, then an image from an image field, and then the rest of the text from the body text field. So there might be other solutions?

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