This plugin hasn’t been updated in over 2 years. It may no longer be maintained or supported and may have compatibility issues when used with more recent versions of WordPress.



Wordbar creates a simple wordcounter / progress bar as a Widget on your WordPress blog.

The widget counts all the words in all the published posts in your Posts table. It then outputs either a progress bar, or a box with the total word count across your blog.

Useful for contests like NaNoWriMo, or just for showing off how much you’ve written and published.


  • The widget in action, giving a total of all words on the blog.
  • The widget in action, giving the total as a percentage of a target.
  • The widget configuration boxes in the admin panel.


Is this cross-browser compatible?

The result has been tested in Chrome, IE and Firefox (Windows). It uses very primitive CSS and HTML, though (not even any Javascript) so most browsers shouldn’t have trouble rendering it.

How often does it update?

Every time the widget is rendered it gets the total from the WordPress database from scratch.

What if I only want to list posts with a particular category, or tag?

The code for the plugin itself can be edited. There is only one $wpdb call in the wordbar_render function, and it can be edited to bring back posts in any combination.



  • First version

Contributors & Developers

This is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

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