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Divi Page Builder and cleaner excerpts

If you’re using the page builder in Divi, it’ll work with Relevanssi, but the excerpts may look ugly because of the shortcodes the page builder uses to format the pages.

The solution is, however, easy: just remove the Divi shortcodes before the excerpt is built. The following code is placed in the theme functions.php and will remove all shortcodes that start with [et_pb before the excerpts are built. The code doesn’t affect the normal shortcode functionality, only the Relevanssi excerpts.

add_filter('relevanssi_pre_excerpt_content', 'rlv_trim_divi_shortcodes');
function rlv_trim_divi_shortcodes($content) {
    $content = preg_replace('/\[\/?et_pb.*?\]/', '', $content);
    return $content;

For Visual Composer, use this:

add_filter('relevanssi_pre_excerpt_content', 'rlv_trim_vc_shortcodes');
function rlv_trim_vc_shortcodes($content) {
    $content = preg_replace('/\[\/?vc.*?\]/', '', $content);
    $content = preg_replace('/\[\/?mk.*?\]/', '', $content);
    return $content;

If you want to simply get rid of all shortcodes in excerpts, try this:

add_filter('relevanssi_pre_excerpt_content', 'rlv_shortcode_blaster');
function rlv_shortcode_blaster($content) {
	$content = preg_replace('/\[.*?\]/s', '', $content);
	return $content;
  • JoshF

    This is great – could you please explain where this code is to be placed??

  • Boumy

    Oops, I didn’t see the last curly bracket so I got my site unreachable until I got it 😀

  • Trev

    Newbie question…. Where should this code be put on Divi ?

  • txspiderman

    I am using the7 theme and get the same results. I added the code to my functions.php and reindexed. I still get the ugly descriptions, ideas?

    • Is the7 using the [et_pb] shortcodes, or something with a different name?

      • txspiderman

        It’s the visual composer layout short codes.

        • And you renamed et_pb in that code to vc, and it still doesn’t work?

          • txspiderman

            Oh! Duh! I will try that

          • txspiderman

            That was the issue, thank you!

  • An if there is more than one code to strip? is the same code?
    Also when some sharing plugins add text in the top of the post how can we strip that to? I am using Massahre and it displays the share count in the excerpt

    • Depends on how and where in the process the plugin adds the text. If it happens after Relevanssi is done, then it’s impossible to block from Relevanssi, if it happens before then it’s simple, just use relevanssi_excerpt_content filter to weed it out.

      And yes, you can add multiple preg_replace() lines to clean out multiple tags.

      • Thanks I found the problem there was a setting related to categories now is working fine.

  • hossein hajipour

    The problem of this solution is that all excerpts related to divi (such as title or text) will be ignore in the search results. Is there better solution for this problem? like, interpreting all of divi codes before considering theme as excerpt?

    • This solution doesn’t actually affect the search results, only the excerpts.

      Relevanssi expands all the shortcodes when preparing the content for excerpts, but the Divi shortcodes do not work properly and cannot be expanded at that point.

  • hossein hajipour

    Thanks a lot for your quick reply. I know the results will remain the same, but the excerpt that will be show with the results may not be related to the search keyboard(s). For example if I search a title of divi text the excerpt will be unrelated to that because we ignore theme. All in all is there any better solution to keep the context of divi modules in the excerpts?

    • No, not that I know of. My recommendation is to steer clear of these visual composer themes, all I see from them is trouble anyway.

  • Christine Jackson

    Mikko, I tried this (using visual composer). I used the replacement vc as you suggested and this did not work. Furthermore, search results are also showing wordpress short codes (e.x. [caption]) and theme shortodes

    • Are you sure those search results are generated by Relevanssi?

      • Christine Jackson

        I assume so, I had Relevanssi installed & activated. Also, ensured the settings were set to not include shortcodes.

        • Relevanssi expands all shortcodes before building the excerpt, except the ones it cannot (for example the page builder shortcodes). Theme shortcodes need to be removed with the filter, as explained in the posts. WordPress shortcodes, like [caption], should be removed automatically.

          You’ve enabled the custom excerpts in Relevanssi settings? Adjusting Relevanssi excerpt settings changes the excerpts, for example if you adjust the length of the excerpt in the settings, it changes on the results page?

          • Christine Jackson

            Wow, no shortcodes were removed when i used your patch.

            Yes, custom excerpts were enabled, yes it changed on the results page.

          • Have you checked that the filter code is running in the first place?

          • Christine Jackson

            No, i do not know how to do that.

          • On the first line inside the function, write:

            echo “running filter”; exit();

            and then do a search. If the filter is running, you should see the text “running filter” and nothing else.

          • Christine Jackson

            Thank you. The filter code is not running.

          • Christine Jackson

            Could this be caused by caching?

          • Maybe. That, or a typo in the code somewhere. Is the filter code in theme functions.php so that it gets noticed by WordPress? Somehow WP and Relevanssi are just not seeing the code.

          • Christine Jackson

            It is in the functions.php

            I fixed it. Now it says running filter only on a white screen.

          • Ok, now remove the code you added and enjoy excerpts without Visual Composer codes, hopefully.

          • Christine Jackson

            No such luck.

            My code:

            add_filter(‘relevanssi_pre_excerpt_content’, ‘rlv_trim_divi_shortcodes’);

            function rlv_trim_divi_shortcodes($content) {

            $content = preg_replace(‘/[/?vc.*?]/’, ”, $content);

            return $content;


          • Christine Jackson

   is an example. Very first item in list has shortcode before all else.

          • Christine Jackson

            This one is a great example:

          • Christine Jackson

            This example is full of vc shortcodes

          • Yeah, looks like so. If the code doesn’t help, I can’t help you much more, at least without a closer look at your site – and that’s something I can’t do here for free.

          • Christine Jackson

            If i buy a Pro License, will you? What do i need to do to get you to look closer?

          • Sure, this is something that comes with the support license.

  • Max Bayer

    Hello Mikko,

    I am using theKen theme from artbees which is using visual composer. As far as I read so far this might mean trouble. I seem to have similar problems like the rest. Codes like “[/vc_column_inner]
    [/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/mk_page_section]” showing up in the search results. I did enter the code you posted into the functions.php of my childtheme like below

    function rlv_trim_divi_shortcodes($content) {

    $content = preg_replace(‘/[/?vc.*?]/’, ”, $content);

    return $content;


    I could confirm the filter is running using echo “running filter”; exit(); and then removing it again.

    The text sniplets for searching a search term like “toleranzen” never the less looks like:
    …text_transform=“uppercase“ font_family=“none“]Toleranzen bei Stab und Coil[/mk_fancy_title]

    I did check the boxes on “new user defined search sniplet” and “execute shortcodes in results” in the relevanssi settings.

    Is there anything else I could try to solve this issue?

    • You have vc_ shortcodes, but also mk_ shortcodes. So, add this line to the function:

      $content = preg_replace(‘/[/?mk.*?]/’, ”, $content);

      That should clean it up a bit.

      • Max Bayer

        This is ist! Works great now! Thanks a lot, amazing! One last question though, before when doing a search and clicking on one of the results of the results page I am redirected to the site of the result and all search terms on that site are highlighted. In addition to that I had little stripe marks on the page scroll bar on the right side of the screen indicating the position where the searchterms are positioned on the page. These handy stripemarks are gone now. Is this a sideffect of the code I implemented or is there another setting I can change to get them back?

  • Ted

    Hello Mikko,

    I am using Jupiter Theme from Artbees, and visual Composer.

    What should I write instead of Divi?
    On funcitons.php I added
    “function rlv_trim_divi_shortcodes($content) {

    $content = preg_replace(‘/[/?[vc.*?]/’, ”, $content);
    return $content;
    $content = preg_replace(‘/[/[mk.*?]/’, ”, $content);
    return $content;


    • What kind of shortcodes are you seeing? If you’re seeing [vc_] and [mk_] shortcodes, then that is correct, except you need to remove the first “return $content;”.

  • Marna Towne

    Where does this code go for Divi sites?

    • Theme function.php.

      • Marna Towne
        • Are those excerpts generated by Relevanssi in the first place? If they are, that code should fix it, but if they’re not, then it doesn’t work.

          If you change the excerpt length settings from Relevanssi settings page, do the excerpts change?

          • Marna Towne

            Okay, first of all. Newbie-ish person here. I glanced through the manual, but did not find anything on what an excerpt actually was. I thought it was a query result. This mostly sounds above my head. ha!

          • It has the same meaning as in regular English, ie. a snippet of text. That is, the part of the post that is shown on the search results page. See the excerpt settings in Relevanssi settings page. If you change the excerpt length in the settings, do the search results pages change?

          • Marna Towne

            nope. does not look like this is working for me. I changed it to 10 words and still get this whole long thing like the wordpress search.

          • Ok, that’s why the Relevanssi filter is not working: you’re not seeing Relevanssi-generated excerpts. If you have enabled custom excerpts in Relevanssi settings, the next step is to adjust your theme. That may be easy – there may be a setting in your theme settings that lets you adjust what is shown on the search results pages, ie. do you see whole posts or just excerpts – or difficult, as in requiring changes to your theme templates.

          • Marna Towne

            okay. I’m not finding anything in the Divi settings but to set number of search responses. And I DO have custom snippets checked. What do I have to change to make Relevanssi the default search tool? I’m using a widget

          • As far as I can tell, Relevanssi and Divi should work fine. Is Relevanssi powering the search in the first place? If you disable Relevanssi, do the results change?

          • Marna Towne

            nope. not running at all. Results are the same old wordpress search stuff.

          • You may want to try disabling other plugins to see if there’s a conflict with Relevanssi; or try switching temporarily to one of the default themes to see if the problem is with the theme, though Divi should work with Relevanssi.

  • Luisa Sangeeta

    Hello! It totally worked for my excerpts! Thank you very much!
    Another problem I am getting since I installed relevansii, is that the “no result” page from the search has the text all separated in three rows, like in the print screen. All the other pages where I get a “no result” (category pages with no posts for example), are looking normal.

    Like in the second print screen.

    Any idea why?

    • You have this in your CSS file, forcing the content to three columns:

      .search #left-area, .archive #left-area {
      -moz-column-count: 3;
      /* column-count: 3; */
      -moz-column-gap: 60px;
      /* column-gap: 60px; */

      • Luisa Sangeeta

        Wow! Thank you! I had even put it myself! 😛 sorry for the question

  • Hello,
    I use the last version of DIVI theme of
    I tried to use your plugin but seems not works fine.
    I saw that when I use the standard search field the url appear: and the search works fine!

    but If I use the search module of ET the url appear:

    and the result is blank!


    I have created a functions.php file in /child theme folder but nothing.

    Anyone can help me ?


    • Can you use a different search form that would not add the unnecessary parameters? Perhaps the default WordPress search widget? Or you can create a pre_get_posts filter function that strips the unnecessary parameters off.

      • thanks!, but in DIVI builder, I can only use search ET module … I don’t know how to filer the parameters

        • Perhaps you can hire someone who’s experienced in Divi or ask Divi support to help you?

  • PK Chand

    I used this method and it works.. but i also use [stm_post_info] in my post its theme component.
    Can you guide me how i can exactly prevent it from displaying in search too. Thanks

    • PK Chand

      Nevermind one of your research below helped me understand the logic. It was fixed with this simple tweak addition:

      $content = preg_replace(‘/[/?stm.*?]/’, ”, $content);

  • Itamar Megged

    In VC there’s also the [vc_raw_html] shortcode which usualy includes a raw huge line of random characters. These characters are not stripped out with the code provided here, but I’ve modified it a bit so it does. please feel free to use:

    /** strip out all shortcodes + content inbetween `vc_raw_html` tags from search result excerpt **/
    add_filter(‘relevanssi_pre_excerpt_content’, ‘rlv_shortcode_blaster’);
    function rlv_shortcode_blaster($content) {
    $content = preg_replace(‘/[(vc_raw_html).*?].*?[/1] ?/’, ”, $content);
    $content = preg_replace(‘/[.*?]/s’, ”, $content);
    return $content;