How To See The Total Number Of Words On A WordPress Blog

Authored By: James LePage
Published On: November 14, 2020

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In celebration of our blog reaching 300,000 words of content, we wanted to show you how to calculate the total word count of an individual WordPress blog, as well as the word count of posts. This is incredibly helpful when you're trying to calculate the size of your site (and it's also nice for bragging rights ?).

If you’re trying to figure out the total word count for an individual WordPress blog post in Gutenberg, this is quite simple. Click on the information icon in the upper left corner, and it will show you the word count, block count, and document structure. Neat, huh?

If you're trying to calculate the total word count of your entire WordPress blog, there’s a plugin designed for that specific task. It’s called WP Word Count, And is robust enough for even the largest sites. It's even built with that in mind, and can split up processing to take the load off your server if you have millions of words on your side.

Once installed, it'll do a complete calculation where it takes all of the words from every piece of content (including custom post types, which you can choose to exclude from the final count). it will then display all of these statistics in a pretty interface, showing the total word count, word count based on post type, longest posts, reading times and more.

You can also sort by author, and see the number of words that you publish per month. Unsurprisingly, there's a pro version of this plugin, which we don't use on our website, but it looks like it may suit some of the requirements for larger publishers that use WordPress.

The Pro version allows you to control which specific post types if you on your dashboard, get more detailed breakdowns of word publication based on categories, tags, days, and more. You can also view individual author details with a lot more information than just word count totals, see revision history, site rankings, and motivate yourself and authors with an achievement system. You also get access to graphs, and charts for better data visualization.

That's the plugin that we use to calculate our total WordPress blog word count - it's also helpful when looking at the monthly production, and other various statistics. Definitely not a necessity, but it provides an interesting look at your blog in terms of words.

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James LePage is the founder of Isotropic Design, a digital agency that builds WordPress websites. I read, write and design constantly!

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