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How to Install the Spell Checker Plugin on Your WordPress Blog

Good spelling and grammar are vital when creating superior content. Poor skills look unprofessional and may contribute to how a person views your brand. Luckily, it’s not all that difficult to install a spell checker plugin for WordPress.

With a quick click of the mouse, you can scan the content for the most common grammatical errors as well as spelling mistakes. It can turn an otherwise horrible looking post into a masterpiece of content.

Today, I’m going to show you how to install a TinyMCE spell checker. Even if you use browsers that monitor spelling, such as Chrome, it’s a good way to find those grammatical issues before someone points it out in the comment section. For instance, a lot of people have issues with “its” and “it’s.”

Using Jetpack

Jetpack is a plugin that has a wide variety of modules built into it. Although it requires a free account with WordPress.com to use most of its features, it may be worth the effort. You’ll have access to nearly 30 modules that improve the functionality of WordPress.

Go to the Plugins area and click, “Add New.”

Add New Plugin

Install and activate the “Jetpack” plugin. It should be one of the featured plugins showing in the Add Plugins page. If not, you can search for it in the field on the right.

Jetpack

Activating the plugin will take you to the connection page for WordPress.com. You can also find this page by clicking the “Jetpack” tool under Dashboard in the left column of WordPress. Click the “Connect Jetpack” button to begin.

Connect Jetpack

You will be prompted to create an account on WordPress.com. If you already have an account, you can add your new website to the system. As you can see, I already have an account under my testing profile, so I will click the “Approve” button for the new site.

Approve Site

If you need to create a new account, follow the instructions provided by WordPress.com and then approve your new site.

When your website is connected, you will be given options for a payment system. Because you’re not going to build a website on this platform, click the “Start with Free” button to continue. The only thing you’ll use this account for is connecting the plugin.

Start Free

The reality is that you’ll never have to access WordPress.com ever again after connecting Jetpack. However, it does have a lot of useful features such as monitoring traffic of your WordPress hosted website.

Once you click the button to start for free, you’ll be returned to your website’s admin dashboard.

Now, let’s make sure proofreading is enabled. Click the “Settings” option under Jetpack.

Jetpack Settings

The first screen you will see the the Writing tab for Jetpack. Look under the “Composing” section. Make sure the switch for “Check your spelling…” is highlighted in blue. This means the tool is active. At any time, you can click this switch to turn on and off the proofreading module.

Proofreading Switch

Because it is such a sought-after feature, proofreading is enabled by default. You won’t have to worry about a “save” button as all changes in Jetpack are committed in real-time. Just click a switch and move on.

Let’s take a look at how to use the spell checker plugin. It’s an obvious addition to the editing system of WordPress and is available in many areas. Go to Posts and click, “Add New.”

New Post

As you can see in the Tiny MCE editor, you now have an “ABC” with a check mark under it. Click this button to scan your content for grammar and spelling errors before you publish a post.

Proofread Button

As you can see, the proofreading tool highlights areas that need attention. The type of error will be color coordinated. For instance, misspellings will have a red underline while grammatical issues will be green. If you see blue underlines, it signifies other words can be used instead or omitted altogether.

Error Colors

When you want to fix one of the errors, click the highlighted word to show a list of options. Choose the right one for the word and move on to the next.

Word Options

When you’re done editing your content, click the proofreading button again to return back to normal editing. If you don’t, you won’t be able to write additional content or have access to various tools. This is because the proofreading module takes over the editing screen.

Proofreading Return

If you want to run the TinyMCE spell checker plugin from the “Text” tab, the tool is identified as a “proofread” button.

Text Edit Proofread

That’s all there is to it. Now, you can keep a vigil over your spelling and grammar with a click of the mouse. Just make sure you’re selecting options that make sense within the sentence. Some of the options the proofreader provides can seem questionable given the context of the material.

Where can you proofread content in WordPress?

This spell checker plugin is available in almost any content area of the system. Posts, pages, category descriptions, custom post types and even some widgets for the sidebar will have the proofread button available. In fact, I’ve seen it available in FAQ plugins as well.

Also keep in mind that this module also works perfectly with the TinyMCE Advanced plugin.

What else can the spell checker plugin do?

The primary focus of Proofread is to check the spelling and grammar of your content. However, it also works as a way to make reading easier as well. When the tool scans the text, it will give options for certain words that have been known to improve the readability score. This is vital for visitor retention and helps SEO.

While some options it provides may not be ideal in every scenario, it’s easy to tighten your writing when you look at what’s available.

The proofread module is also capable of identifying passive voice. Using less of this in your content is better for reading, which is why tools like Yoast SEO scan for passive voice in text.

Are there other spell checking plugins available for WordPress?

Back in the day, Proofreading and Spell Checker were stand-alone plugins. However, these systems are no longer valid thanks to users turning to Jetpack. Unfortunately, searching for either of these tools through WordPress comes up empty at the time of this article.

The TinyMCE Spellcheck plugin is still available, but it hasn’t been updated in several years. Essentially, it’s the same tool that is now featured in Jetpack. This is probably why it hasn’t been upgraded in so long. However, you may still be able to use Spellcheck without using Jetpack by installing this plugin. I don’t advise it because of how long it has been since TinyMCE Spellcheck was updated.

I’m sure you might be able to find a third-party plugin from other sources in sites like Google, but then you risk security threats to your website.

Good Content is Legible Content

Misspellings and grammar problems often lead to poor content delivery. You don’t want people misinterpreting your message or forming an opinion that you’re unprofessional. Tools like Jetpack and its proofreader simply make your content easier to absorb. Give you readers a way to understand your topic. You don’t have to be a language professor, but spelling things right can go a long way to website success.

What kind of tools do you use to fine-tune your content? Do you trust outdated plugins even if the tools they provide are still usable?

Author: Josh Dargie

My name is Josh Dargie and I’m the Operations Manager at GreenGeeks. I’ve been with the company since 2009. I have over 16 years of experience working with and for various web hosting providers specifically in development, day-to-day operations and customer service.

Updated on September 1, 2017

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