How do I get a word count on my WordPress post?

I hate not having word count with this new WordPress. Is there anything I can do?

I found this question on Twitter by Ang from Ang’s Chicken Coop who had recently migrated to the latest version of WordPress and probably found that her WordPress plugin that did her word count wasn’t working any more. The great thing is that WordPress now has a word count built into it, but she probably hadn’t spotted it, which can sometimes happen when you’re moving to new software and things suddenly change place.

Well, the great news is that you don’t even need a plugin any more; the word count is display on your screen right under your text editing area (shown below):


Voila, problem solved! I wish all my problems could be answered as easily as this one. Now if I had some home theater seating in my home office, I would just put my feet up, put on a good movie and relax in the knowledge that I’ve helped someone today 😉

3 thoughts on “How do I get a word count on my WordPress post?”

  1. I love that there’s a word count built in. I just started using WP, so I started with this version. I’m glad that they added this feature! 🙂

  2. Okay, that’s great but how can I post the word count of a post on the post? Basically, I’d like to show the word count on selected posts in the byline area. Any thoughts? Thanks…

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