How to set minimum word count for WordPress posts

WordPress does not specify a minimum amount of text for blog posts, and if your site accepts content from multiple authors, specifying a minimum work count is critical. This article will demonstrate how to set a minimum word count for a WordPress blog post.

Setting a minimum word count for WordPress blog posts

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Follow the steps below to edit your Theme setting file to set minimum word count blog posts in WordPress:

  1. Log in to your WordPress site with an administrator account.
  2. On the Dashboard in the left sidebar, click Appearance, and then click Theme Editor:

  3. On the Theme Editor , select the Theme you want to edit from the dropdown:

  4. The files for this selected theme are listed on the right column under Theme Files. Click on the file named “functions.php”:

  5. Insert the following code to the end of functions.php file and click Update File Button to save the changes:

    function minWord($content)
    
    {
    
        global $post;
    
        $content = $post->post_content;
    
        if (str_word_count($content) < 100 ) //set this to the minimum number of words
    
        wp_die( __('Error: your post is below the minimum word count. It needs to be longer than 100 words.') );
    
    }
    
    add_action('publish_post', 'minWord');

     

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