WordPress Function to Post Word Count

Post Word Count

Tested on: WordPress 3.0.1

(Originally extracted from the Post Word Count plug-in by Nick Momrick)

Adds a count of total published words to the bottom of the “Right Now” box on the admin dashboard. Useful if you’re using your blog as an outlet for something like NaNoWriMo or if you just want to keep track of how prolific your blogging skills have become. If you really want to have your blog stand out from others, then you should try using cool fonts to make it more attractive.

function post_word_count() {
    $count = 0;
    $posts = get_posts( array(
        'numberposts' => -1,
        'post_type' => array( 'post', 'page' )
    foreach( $posts as $post ) {
        $count += str_word_count( strip_tags( get_post_field( 'post_content', $post->ID )));
    $num =  number_format_i18n( $count );
    // This block will add your word count to the stats portion of the Right Now box
    $text = _n( 'Word', 'Words', $num );
    echo "<tr><td class='first b'>{$num}</td><td class='t'>{$text}</td></tr>";
    // This line will add your word count to the bottom of the Right Now box.
    echo '<p>This blog contains a total of <strong>' . $num . '</strong> published words!</p>';

// add to Content Stats table
add_action( 'right_now_content_table_end', 'post_word_count');
// add to bottom of Activity Box
add_action('activity_box_end', 'post_word_count');

Kudos to Rarst for the query-free cleanup of the code!

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