Soundcheck

Description

Soundcheck Plugin: Bring Voice to WordPress

Looking for a way to reach the growing number of people who rely on voice search for the latest news and information? As consumers initiate requests for news updates through voice devices, the responses have to be in voice too.

The Soundcheck plugin for WordPress is the easiest way to publish web content that is optimized for voice devices like Amazon Echo and Google Home. The plugin integrates directly with the new Gutenberg editor to make adding speakable content as easy as point, click, and type. The plugin validates posts to check for for the correct speakable markup and lets your preview what voice assistants may dictate from your page. Finally, use copy from your voice-optimized website as spoken content for voice assistants, making WordPress a true CMS for voice.

Introduction to Speakable Content

Google adopted an open schema.org specification called speakable to help the Google Assistant determine which content to read out loud. As​ ​Google explains, “The speakable schema.org property identifies sections within an article or webpage that are best suited for audio playback using text-to-speech (TTS). Adding markup allows search engines and other applications to identify content to read aloud on Google Assistant-enabled devices using TTS.”

“Speakable” Content Blocks

A custom Gutenberg block for adding speakable content to your posts.

  • Include copy that is optimized for text-to-speech.
  • Automatically generate the required structured data with no coding.

Validate and Preview

  • Automatically check new posts for speakable content.
  • Warn when content is not properly optimized for voice.
  • Preview the voice-optimized content on any post.

Speakable News

If you are a Google News Publisher or Producer, expand your reach to a wider voice audience. Add speakable content to news articles and let Google Home devices read it to users.

“Hey Google, what’s the latest news about $topic?”
“Hey Google, play news about $topic.”

  • Monitors when posts come up in Google News.
  • Validates your posts to make sure they have eligible speakable content.

More Info

Screenshots

  • Add a Speakable Section content block.
  • Type the text content that you would like the digital assistant to read.
  • Automatically check to make sure the speakable content is valid.
  • Preview the speakable content or view any validation errors.

FAQ

Do I need to create an account?

The speakable content blocks and validation are all available without a Soundcheck account. You do need to create a free account to use the automated monitoring features.

Does this only work for news organizations?

No, any website can benefit from speakable content. But there are added benefits for Google News Producers.

Contributors & Developers

“Soundcheck” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

Contributors

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Interested in development?

Browse the code, check out the SVN repository, or subscribe to the development log by RSS.

Changelog

1.0.1

  • Initial version of speakable blocks and validation
  • Fix for install issue

1.0.2

  • Fix image paths
  • Fix create path

1.1.0

  • Fix broken links to help content
  • Speakable News module to for Google News Producers and Publishers to track when news article highlights are eligible for dictation on Google Home.

1.1.1

  • Global settings page to configure speakable structured data
  • More configuration options in the sidebar