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How to Proofread a WordPress Site Quickly and Efficiently
Is your WordPress site free of grammar, spelling and other errors? Are you sure? The following is a great way to find out. No matter how many times you’ve looked over your site and all its individual pages, there’s always that one inevitable typo that seems to elude you. And nobody wants to receive that email from a friend, relative or, worse, a visitor to your website telling you about a typo and how to fix it. To keep that embarrassing situation from happening and to keep from looking unprofessional, here are a few tips of the trade to help you edit your site from the Home page to Contact Us as quickly as possible.
Check the Home Page, Menu Items, Header & Footer
The home page of a WordPress site is typically its most visited, and many of the elements that are on the home page will carry onto the other pages, such as the header, footer, menu items and some sidebars. For that reason, you will cover a lot of ground by just scouring your site’s home page. This is the first step to efficiently editing your home page.
Open the live version of your home page and scan from the top of the page down to the bottom. If your site is set to showcase your most recent blog posts as your home page, do the same thing. Read from top to bottom and check for spelling and grammar errors. If there are any words or phrases that you are unsure of, pop them into Google and you’ll find out instantly.
Check the menu items to make sure they lead to the right places and that they’re spelled correctly, and do the same with any sidebars and footer items.
Finally, check any links that you find on the home page. Make sure the anchor text is spelled correctly and that the sources are correct. Don’t forget to check your alt text for spelling errors.
Widgets, Menu and the WordPress Editor
If you find typos on the home page that exist in the header, footer, menu items and sidebars, first go into your WordPress dashboard, then go into the widgets section. Drop down every widget you have on your site and check for spelling errors. Do the same with any header or footer plugins. If menu items are misspelled, a quick trip to the menu section will allow you to make quick work of those. And keep in mind that you may need to hunt for and alter some published errors inside the WordPress Editor section. ‘Ctrl + F’ is your friend in those instances.
Page by Page and Post by Post
Once the infrastructure is proofed, it’s time to go through each page. An easy way to do this is to open your pages section and then put your mouse on <edit> under the first page. Right click and select ‘open link in new tab’ in your web browser. Do this for every page on your site.
Once all of your pages are open, go from left to right and check your code, links, spelling and grammar. Checking your pages in the edit screen will allow you update and view changes easily once the edits have been complete. Don’t forget to check your meta data for spelling and grammar errors, as well.
Do the same for every post you have by going to the posts section and opening new tabs for every post your site has. You don’t have to do it this way. You can open each page or post one-by-one, but this way will help you keep track of which pages have been edited and which pages have not.
Once you have checked the back ends of each page and post, view the pages and posts live so that you can determine that the published versions are laid out properly now that the new edits have been made.
And that is all there is to proofreading and editing a WordPress site. To help you out, download a browser dictionary, such as Google Dictionary. This will help you keep on top of spelling errors for those instances where your internal editor is asleep or on break. Just like you’d see in a word processor like MS Word or Google Docs, spelling errors will be underlined in red, allowing you to easily right click and edit as necessary.
Do this for every WordPress site you have and you’ll never have to worry about looking unprofessional or getting that email from a fan informing you of one or more typos that could have been easily caught using the above information.