Have you ever needed to conduct a word count of the words on a web-page? Have you ever solved this task by copying/pasting the content into a word processor and running a statistic tool from there? And what if there is a free browser add-in capable of providing the statistics in the browser window? Let’s look at the word count add-ins and compare them with the professional word count tools.
Chrome and Firefox boast of being one of the most extensible browsers, and even web humor proofs this. Today I’m reviewing a free word count add-in called Word Count Plus. It may be of great benefit to you, so let’s get started.
For those who don’t have Chrome or Firefox installed, you can download them for free on the official websites. Then run the installation using default options (not a single problem even on Vista).
There is a page with add-ins (add-ons) on the official website of any browser. Depending on which browser you use, go to the add-ins page and type in “Word Count Plus” in the search field. You can also choose any other add-in of your choice for the query “word count.” After downloading, follow the onscreen instructions to install the word count add-in.
You can either press a word count button.
Or right-click it and get some shortcuts that make the word count much easier.
To get the word count in Chrome, I opened https://www.anycount.com/company/, selected all the text with Cmnd+A, and right-clicked to choose Word Counter Plus to see the statistics.
You should see a pop-up window with word count outcomes.
Professional word count tool allows counting not only text but also meta description, meta keywords, alt text, form controls, and titles.
2) Flexible word count (you can count words in the first and the last paragraphs of the page with no copy/pasting);
3) Supports addition and undoing the previous action.
1) A browser add-in (to count the words, you need to open a browser);
2) No bulk file processing (calculating statistics in 10 files becomes a time-consuming task);
3) Not full statistics (no count of alt tags, page title, and keywords, as they are coded in fact).
Thus, we can conclude that word count add-ins can be quite convenient for counting words on the web page. But professionals who need accurate and full word count statistics in the HTML files, including the page title and alt tags text, should pay their attention to a professional word count software. As you may have noticed in the screenshots above, you can get much more complete word count statistics.