How to retrieve the total word count from all posts in WordPress

Most of my own WordPress sites have been up for longer than a decade at the time of writing, and I was wondering how much I had written in that time.

Post count notwithstanding, I was interested in the total word count of my output in that period of time.

Here’s a small function that retrieves just that.

Word Count in Posts


But word count from posts is not all that a website adds up to: I have answered several thousand comments since then, and my answers may fill a whole book just by itself.

Here’s how to retrieve the comment word count for the current user:

To retrieve the total word count in all comments instead, we can do much the same thing by leaving out the user_id parameter in the above query. Subtracting the total word count from the current user word count would then reveal the comment word count that everybody else has left on a site.

Both functions work outside of The Loop.

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