Post word count

Adding this PHP code to the functions.php of your wordpress theme adds a count of total published words to the bottom of the "Right Now" box on the admin dashboard.

Code Snippet:

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');

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  1. Is it possible to add this to the actual blog with a template tag?

    1. Hi Justin yes you can do that, should be able to just add to your template file and this will be displayed. Keep in mind this script adds HTML you will want to change for this to work in your theme nicely.

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