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Estimated Reading Time


The Estimated Reading Time plugin simply estimates and displays the time a user will have to spend reading your post.


  1. Upload estreadtime.php to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  3. Enjoy!


How is the estimation done?

The estimation is based on a span of 150 words per minute (slightly slower than average) to 250 words per minute (slightly higher than average). These numbers can be changed easily from within the code of the plugin (lowered to account for more complex content and raised for simpler content). Future versions of the plugin may allow for the changing of these parameters via an “options” page.

Contributors & Developers

“Estimated Reading Time” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.