Most people get annoyed if they stumble upon simple spelling and grammar issues in an otherwise really great article. In addition, most people loose trust in the author and if it is content found online, there is a huge risk that the visitor will browse to another website. Spell checking capabilities is commonly integrated into most writing and text editing applications. It is a great aid for users to check grammar and spelling errors in a snap. WordPress, the most popular publishing platform now, have a simple feature integrated into the editor. However, for most editors and proofreaders, this is not enough and third party plugins would be their next option.
A good and free WordPress plugin for proofreading your content is After the Deadline. With this plugin, you will quickly identify spelling and grammar issues in your content. It is almost like writing in Microsoft Word where errors are highlighted with colors and meaningful suggestions are provided to help the user solve the problem. In this article, I take a closer look at After The Deadline and help you get started.
How to get started. It works with WordPress 2.8+; just download the plugin and upload it into your wp-content/plugins folder and activate.
When writing a new post or page, you can see the plugin icon (Icon with ABC and a green check mark underneath it.) bundled together with the WordPress post editor.
Write your post and click on the spell checker icon to start proofreading your content. The plugin will underline spelling and grammar errors after it checks your content. RED line means a spelling error, GREEN for Grammar errors and BLUE for style tip word options.
To correct the spelling error, right click on the underlined word to see the spelling suggestions. According to the developer, the plugin uses Artificial Intelligence to check the spelling of your content. It includes an option to ignore the suggestion temporarily or permanently.
Clicking on the Explain option shows a popup box with the definition of the word used and why it was suggested.
Style Tips underlined in Blue are based naturally on the types of words that fit into the context. Right click on the word and you can also see the alternative suggestion similar to the grammar and spelling error check.
You can check out the settings of the plugin under your WordPress user profile. After the Deadline allows you to automatically proofread new and updated content post and pages.
You can also enable proofreading for the following grammar and style rules when writing posts and pages:
- Bias Language
- Complex Phrases
- Diacritical Marks
- Double Negatives
- Hidden Verbs
- Passive Voice
- Phrases to Avoid
- Redundant Phrases
The proofreader supports English, French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish. Your WPLANG value is the default proofreading language.
Finally, you can choose to add words and phrases as exceptions from the content checker.
After the Deadline is a must have plugin for bloggers, content writers and for anyone who handles a lot of content. It is a pretty powerful tool for maintaining a high quality and error free content for your website. You can see all the features for this plugin here.