After The Deadline: Proofreading For WordPress

wordpress spell checkIf you’re familiar with WordPress, you’ve probably used the built-in spell check tool at some point. It can be a lifesaver, especially if you misspell words often while typing up blog posts. However, the tool doesn’t catch everything.

If you’re like me, you often use the wrong words in the wrong places. There, their, and they’re can be pretty darn tricky to get right, especially if you write on the fly. Even the bold words in the last sentence are easy to mix up.

Reading over your entire post can leave you forgetting one or two of the words. Funny thing is, those two words will be the first thing your readers notice.

Introducing After The Deadline

That’s where After the Deadline comes in. It’s an awesome spellchecker that was just acquired by Automattic, the parent company of WordPress. User’s of the popular platform will notice that the tool is already available in your blogs, which can be launched by clicking on the proofread button with a green checkmark (see photo above).

For a detailed overview of After the Deadline, check out this video:

It’s pretty impressive If I must say so myself.

How It Works

The way After the Deadline works is fairly simple. Once you’re done writing a post, you simply click the button and it will automatically go through and analyze your post. When it’s finished, it will highlight problematic words like so:

after the deadline

As you can see, the tool does more than just highlighting the words. It also differentiates between misspelled words and misused words. In the above example, the word “new” should actually be “knew.” If you click on the word that’s underline, it will open a drop down box with options. Here’s an example:

after the deadline drop-down

It’s very good at knowing the correct way to do things, which makes me feel happy knowing I have a proofreader I can count on. True, it won’t replace an actual human being proofreader, but it’s a good alternative to those who can’t afford a full-time proofreader.

If you want to use the tool on a self-hosted WordPress blog, all you need to do is install the After the Deadline plugin.

Posted By: Justin Wright

This post was published by Justin Wright on September 9th, 2009.

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