Before WordPress introduced the Gutenberg block editor, the word count used to appear in the top left hand corner of the text editor screen. However for some reason Automatic, the company that makes WordPress, decided to bury that very useful information.

Fortunately it’s pretty easy to see the word count in a WordPress post or page and they have added a character count along with a very useful “time to read” estimate:

Word Count in a WordPress Page or Post
  1. Click the three horizontal bars “document overview” icon in the top left hand corner of the screen
  2. Click Outline

There you will see the number of characters on the page / post, the number of words and the estimated time to read.


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