As the saying goes, nobody’s perfect. Anyone who’s into blogging can have a typo now and then. There are also times when we use the wrong tense, or forget completely about parallelism, as well as subject and verb agreement. Fortunately, those who are on WordPress can make use of a plugin called After the Deadline. It’s a great plugin which checks for both spelling and grammar mistakes. Most of all, the plugin is free of charge.
You don’t have to worry about flooding your database with the dictionary that comes with the plugin; After the Deadline works by sending your content to their server, check your content, and then it back to your server. Plus, the procedure is done over AJAX, so you won’t see or notice any differences.
Like any other WordPress plugin, you will need to install and activate it. You can get the plugin by clicking here. After you do, there will be a new button on your post edit toolbar which says ABC and a check mark at the bottom. This plugin is also part of Jetpack. We strongly recommend you to install JetPack as future updates to the plugin will be made through Jetpack.
You can click on this button anytime while you’re writing your content. Similar to how it looks like when you’re typing in Microsoft Word, spelling errors are underlined in red, and grammar errors are underlined in green.
To fix the spelling or grammar mistake, just click on the underlined word or phrase and a pop up will appear, showing a list of suggested words. You can click the right one from the list, or you can also click on Ignore Suggestion. For example, if “WordPress” is being underlined, you can choose Ignore Always so that it will not underline that word the next time you use it.
Adjusting the Settings
There’s no dedicated Settings page for the After the Deadline plugin, unlike other WordPress plugins. What you need to do to configure the settings is to go to your profile settings. To make configuration changes and update proofread options, browse to http://www.yourdomain.com/wp-admin/profile.php#atd
One of the settings you can configure is whether After the Deadline will automatically proofread your content when a post or page is published, or when the post or page is updated. You can also configure the plugin to proofread different grammar and style rules, as well as phrases which are redundant. The plugin supports English, French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish.
Support for Different Platforms
There are other versions or forms of After the Deadline, and this article is solely about the WordPress Spell check plugin. Other forms available are a Firefox extension, a Google Chrome add-on, an Open Office extension, and other forms. In a nutshell, if you have a space to type text in, you will have a form of spell check available.
Removing Any Doubts
If you would like to try the plugin out before you install it, you can try out a demo of the plugin on their website. Type in a sentence or two in the text field and then click on Check Writing once you’re done. This will basically show you how the plugin works and then you can decide if you would want to install it on your website or not.
To sum things up, After the Deadline is a great WordPress Spell check and grammar plugin which doesn’t take up too much of your resources. This is definitely one of those must-have WordPress plugins.