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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!

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  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.

          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.


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