3 Helpful Tools to Give Your WordPress Content a Grammar Check

Posted on June 11, 2017 by in Tips & Tricks | 10 comments

3 Helpful Tools to Give Your WordPress Content a Grammar Check

Need to give your WordPress content a grammar check? No matter how much of a stickler you are when it comes to grammar and spelling, you’re bound to let a few mistakes slip through over the course of your career.

And when you consider that spelling and grammar mistakes actually to your readers, such a situation is definitely something you want to avoid. One of the ways you can do that? Turn to a friendly robot for help with proofreading.

In this post, I’m going to dig into three different ways you can give your WordPress website a grammar check. While none of them are a complete replacement for manual proofreading, they’ll help you catch the most obvious errors right away.

1. Jetpack Spelling and Grammar Module

While there are several grammar check plugins listed at WordPress.org, most of them are poorly rated and/or out of date. The one shining star? Good ‘ole Jetpack.

In addition to many other goodies, one of the modules packed into Jetpack is a grammar check tool. Once enabled, you can instantly check spelling and grammar with the click of a button.

What’s especially neat about Jetpack’s spelling and grammar module is that you can turn on checking for specific style errors. So if you’re a huge fan of passive voice (which I don’t recommend), you can turn off passive voice checking to avoid Jetpack nagging you about your use of passive use.

Assuming you already have Jetpack installed and connected to your WordPress.com account, you can enable or disable the spell check feature by heading to Jetpack → Settings → Writing and turning the Check your spelling, style, and grammar option on:

Jetpack Settings

Once you turn on the module, you can configure checks for specific grammar and style rules in the options below:

grammar style rules

Then, in your WordPress Editor, you just need to click the ABC button to turn on spell checking:

ABC button

Just be aware – Jetpack might not catch everything, as evidenced by the screenshot above.

You can also see that Jetpack uses different colors to mark mistakes, much like desktop programs. Here’s what the various colors mean:

  • Red: spelling errors and misused words.
  • Green: grammar mistakes
  • Blue: style suggestions

And if you click on a specific error, you’ll get some suggestions, as well as the option to ignore the error:

Specific errors

If you’re already using Jetpack, this is definitely the easiest way to add spell checking to WordPress. Just be aware – Jetpack’s grammar check doesn’t work inside the Divi Builder.

Price: Free |

2. Grammarly Browser Extension

Grammarly is a popular cloud-based spelling and grammar tool. While it’s not a WordPress plugin like Jetpack, it is my go-to tool because it has the most reliability of any grammar tool I’ve tried. That is, it flat out catches more mistakes than most other tools.

And here’s the cool thing:

With the free or (as well as a ), you can actually use Grammarly to proofread any text inside the WordPress Editor:

grammarly chrome wordpress plugin

You can fix errors in two different ways. First, you can hover over individual errors to bring up a set of suggestions:

spelling errors

And second, you can bring up every single error in your post by clicking the floating red number icon in the bottom right of the Editor:

grammar suggestions

If you correct an error in this popup interface, Grammarly will automatically update the corresponding text in the WordPress Editor.

And here’s what’s really cool if you’re using Divi:

The Grammarly extension even works inside the Divi Builder.

While you can’t run a grammar check on the actual text you see in the Visual Builder, if you open up the Settings popup for a specific text module, Grammarly will mark errors in that interface:

text settings

From there, everything is the same as the process I outlined above. Pretty neat!

Price: Free – also a premium plan with more features |

3. TinyMCE Spellcheck

Be aware: This plugin hasn’t been updated in years. While I tested it and didn’t run into any issues – it’s always a good idea to be wary.

TinyMCE Spellcheck is a fork of the even-more-out-of-date , which is the same backend powering Jetpack’s spellcheck module.

To get started with TinyMCE Spellcheck, all you need to do is install and activate the plugin. Beyond clicking the activate button, there’s nothing else to configure.

Then, like the Jetpack spellcheck module, you get an ABC button in the WordPress Editor:

wordpress editor spell check

Once you turn on the spell checking function by clicking the ABC button, you can click on individual errors to bring up more options (again – just like Jetpack. Notice a trend?).

So – why pick this plugin over Jetpack if they do pretty much the exact same thing? Well, you get much the same functionality in a more lightweight package. The only thing you’re missing is the ability to toggle on and off specific errors.

One claims TinyMCE Spellcheck loads 20x faster than Jetpack. So unless you’re using other Jetpack modules, that’s a pretty big tradeoff.

Price: Free |

Wrapping Things Up

Checking your spelling and grammar before you publish content just plain makes sense.

Beyond making you seem more credible, using proper grammar might even increase , boost or service, and get you .

If I had to recommend one of these tools, it would definitely be Grammarly. It has the most thorough checks and will catch mistakes that neither of the other two tools flag.

But, the Grammarly extension can be a tad annoying sometimes because it’s inserting itself into the WordPress Editor after-the-fact. If you find yourself feeling that way, you might want to pick one of the plugins for a more native experience.

In that case, Jetpack is the best option I’ve found. TinyMCE Spellcheck is also good, but the lack of updates over the past three years is worrying…even if it does still function properly right now. Better to be safe and go with the well-supported Jetpack module, even if it does lower your performance a bit when compared to TinyMCE Spellcheck.

Now over to you – what’s your process for catching spelling and grammar mistakes before publishing your content?

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10 Comments

  1. Grammarly is really nice, but it seems to cause a duplicate text issue for some people when editing content – entire paragraphs are duplicated randomly.

    I had to turn it off when another WordPress user suggested it might be causing the problem for me.

    • I’ve never experienced that one personally but it can definitely be annoying sometimes if you leave it on all the time. I keep it turned off by default and just manually enable the extension whenever I want to spellcheck something.

  2. AS a dyslexia person at the high end of the spectrum of Dyslexia. I have to recommend Grammarly. Worth purchasing and using. Grammarly is ideal for people with Dyslexia, and let’s face it most creative people struggle with spelling. I have often noticed when I have been given content my our customers to add to their website; their spellings are often incorrect.

    Great article, I would not try any other solution than Grammarly.

    Grammarly is 10 out of 10 cloud base solution. I have a full Premium version of Grammarly.
    My

  3. Thanks for the great suggestions! I’d like to add two more. You can use a live editor service such as Wordzen or Scribendi, which give you more than just proofreading and grammar checking — they will improve your overall writing as well. You’ll pay more, of course, but if your blog is your company’s voice, it can be worth it. These services aren’t free like Grammarly, but they cost a lot less than hiring a freelancer or employee, and they’re pretty easy to use.

  4. muy util para cuando uno le crea los contenidos al cliente.

  5. After using Grammarly I am facing replacement issues. Is it normal? Sometimes i am feeling annoyed and then I came across your post and you have written kind of similar annoying issues. Should I turn the checking option off as my default? Need help!

  6. Hi,

    I am using Grammarly from last nine months, and it’s one of the best grammar checkers. You will also get some good word suggestions while proofreading your article. Although, Jetpack grammar checker is also good if anyone doesn’t want to spend money.

  7. Great blog that share valuable information about WordPress.

  8. I never had issues with Grammarly. Alternatively, I use Ginger as a browser extension. It works great for me.

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