Add an electronic proofreader to help you out when writing posts
Along with the options mentioned in previous articles (click here for past posts on Jetpack), the Jetpack plugin also has features that help you out with writing posts. Unlike Microsoft Word, the visual editor in WordPress does not always do a stellar job at giving you spelling suggestions or grammar fixes. As a journalism major, this topic is near and dear to my heart–I believe that other than a poorly researched and backed-up blog post, nothing else reduces your perceived credibility and intelligence as do too many misspelled words or an obvious lack of proofreading.
Thankfully, Jetpack’s Spelling and Grammar addition can help, through its “After the Deadline Proofreading” service. This feature “improves your writing by using artificial intelligence to find your errors and offer smart suggestions” (from Jetpack’s “Learn More” section on this feature).
1) To incorporate this feature, simply head on over to the Jetpack dashboard and click “configure” for this particular add-on. Doing so will redirect you to your customization options (should you need to change these options later, they are located by going in your blog’s dashboard, under the Users tab, and clicking on “your profile”).
2) This feature provides you with check boxes for several options, giving you the opportunity to incorporate the appropriate proofreading steps you need checking for when writing.
You can choose to have this system automatically proofread your written content when you first publish and/or update a page or a post. However, this aspect focuses on giving suggestions after you’ve already hit “publish”–which is still good to have, but frankly a little late if this is the first time it’s been reviewed by either person or system. I’d recommend still checking those options, but you should also check the appropriate choices further down the page for proofreading when writing that first page or post.
The system can search for a variety of common errors; such as: double negatives, redundant phrases, and jargon. Be sure to select the language option; that way the system will use your language to proofread your writing. If there are particular words or phrases that you have a bad habit of repeating, you can also ask that it identifies them when used.
3) Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click “update profile”. You should now have an improved proofreading system checking every post and page that you write; while writing in WordPress, click on the box in your toolbar for suggestions. For a video tutorial, view WordPress’s video (go here for an in-depth article) on this feature below:
Please keep in mind that this is an automated system, and that as such, it can and probably will make mistakes when checking your work–either missing errors or making unneeded suggestions. If needed or desired, you may decide to hire a proofreader. I am available for proofreading and editing services, and I can also recommend a few other excellent proofreaders, such as Brook Flagg (who also provides writing services). Please email me below if you would like more information.
Be sure to read up on using Jetpack’s many features by checking out the comprehensive overview of the WordPress Jetpack plugin and a summary of ALL of the available features.
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