How to display the number of your published WordPress posts

Needing to provide information for a page for marketing companies, I created a shortcode that would output the number of posts that have been published. And it’s just 2 lines long!

Copy the code below into your theme’s functions.php file and then place the shortcode [post_count] wherever you wish the count of posts to appear.

If you want to change the shortcode name, simply change it on the final line.

Short, sweet and does the job!

Posted by David Artiss

Enterprise Happiness Engineer for the WordPress VIP team at Automattic. Gamer, film lover and general fan of all things Marvel, Star Trek and Star Wars. Failed comedian. Writer for The Big Tech Question. World's Greatest Grandma.

6 Replies to “How to display the number of your published WordPress posts”

  1. Is there a way to do the same thing for total number of words?

    I used to have a plugin that did that, but when I went from Movable Type to WordPress, the same kind of plugin was a bloody system resource hog, had to remove it.

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    1. That would be easy to do, but is it the kind of thing you’d want to display within a post via a shortcode?

      David.

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      1. In a post, no – but I’d like to use it in the sidebar.

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        1. Sidebar? Are you wanting to display the word count for each post? Wouldn’t that be better situated with the actual post (either at the top or bottom of it)?

          David.

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          1. Sidebar on the main part of the site, not on the individual posts. I used to have that as a cgi plugin in Movable Type where it would post the total number of words over the entire blog, but when I went to WordPress, the same plugin was unsable, it took my server down.

          2. Hmmm. Unfortunately, that would be a big project as you’d have to track the word count of each post and then tot it up in total as required. I can imagine why the one you had had performance issues – unless it’s down right this is bound to happen.

            David.

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