Read Meter – Reading Time & Progress Bar


People often skip reading posts with the fear of the time they’ll spend reading it. Are you losing readers too?

The Read Meter plugin displays the estimated reading time for blog posts along with a progress bar. It works great to give visitors a quick idea about the time needed to read a post and encourages them to go on till the end.

Usually, visitors try to scan the entire post at first glance and grasp as much as information possible from the post. Reading time specified in minutes motivates users to read the post.

A handy progress bar will show the reader’s position on the post. As the reader scrolls the page, the progress bar indicates the remaining part of the post. This lets readers know how far have they reached and how much more do they have to go on.

Try it out on a free dummy site

The plugin uses an advanced image time calculation technique. In case your post contains images, the plugin calculates the time to view those images as well. It adds 12 seconds for the first image, 11 seconds for the second image and so on till the 10th image. After that, it adds 3 seconds for each further image.

It works great to give visitors a quick idea about the time needed to read a post and encourages them to go on till the end.

Here are some key features of the plugin –

  • A simple shortcode – [read_meter], gives you the flexibility to add read time anywhere on the site.
  • A simple ID attribute to the shortcode can display reading time of that particular post/page irrespective of where the shortcode is added – [read_meter id=47].
  • Even if the post is updated multiple times, the plugin will calculate the read time for the most recent version of the post.
  • You can choose to display the read time and a progress bar on various post types.
  • You can decide whether you would like to include images and comments in the read time and progress bar.

That’s not all! Here are some more controls you get over Reading Time

  • Display the read time on a blog/archive page or single post page
  • Show the estimated time it takes to read any blog/archive page or single post page, which can be displayed on any section of the website
  • Set the read time position – i.e. Above/Below title or above content
  • Set a read time Prefix and Postfix
  • Use various read time styling options – Spacing, Background color, Font size, etc.

Specific controls for Progress Bar

  • Set a progress bar position – i.e. Top/ Bottom of the page.
  • Use various progress bar styling options – Gradient Background color, Bar thickness, etc.

Snimke zaslona

  • General Settings
  • Read Time
  • Progress Bar
  • Getting Started


  1. Upload the plugin files to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory, or install the plugin through the WordPress plugins screen directly.
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ screen in WordPress
  3. Once activated, you’ll find Read Meter settings in the Dashboard Settings.


Where can I find the settings of the Read Meter plugin?

After installing and activating the plugin, settings can be found under Settings > Read Meter

How is the read time calculated?

Let’s assume, you have set Words Per Minute ( Settings > Read Meter > General Settings) to 275 and total words in your blog post are 1100. So the total number of words (1100) divided by Words per minute (275) will give you an estimated time of reading i.e. 4 minutes.

Can I add this for CPT (Custom Post Types)?

Yes! The plugin works with all CPTs. You can select Post Types from Settings > Read Meter > General Settings

Where can I add a shortcode?

Shortcode – [read_meter] can be added to any page with a shortcode module/block. This will work with the Gutenberg editor or any page builder editor.

What themes does the Read Meter Plugin work with?

The Read Meter plugin works with all WordPress themes!


22. veljače 2023. 1 odgovor
The plugin works, but it only counts the words on the blog itself. It does not count words in custom blocks and custom field text
25. prosinca 2022. 1 odgovor
I really like the progress bar. This plugin is simple, which is good. No matter what, the read time is only 1 minute. I thought of reaching out to support, but then I saw that several people already have and the dev doesn’t seem to have fixed the issue. Could be a great plugin, if the main feature worked. I would also be cool if it had the option to display word count.
07. travnja 2022. 1 odgovor
Perfect for purpose. I just added a bit a margin below to separate it better from the start of the text and presto! It just works. Thanks!
08. ožujka 2022. 1 odgovor
Excellent little plugin. The features make it usable for most websites. The only thing I did not figure out yet is how to dynamically translate the text ‘Reading Time .. mins’ while using TranslatePress. @Brainstorm Force: Thanks for making this plugin available.
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Dnevnik promjena


  • Feature: Added the ID attribute to the [read_meter] shortcode eg: [read_meter id="47"] to show reading time of that particular post/page irrespective of where the shortcode is added.
  • Fix: Reading time using shortcode [read_meter] was not visible on individual post/page unless the post type was selected.


  • Fix: Page Content Wrap Marker used for progress bar was causing styling issues with non block based themes.
  • Fix: Only added the marker needed for progress bar on the post types selected.


  • Fix: Theme Layout Styles conflict with the Marker div added as a wrapper to the_content.


  • Fix: Hardened the security.


  • Fix: Progress Bar displaying on 404 Page.


  • Improvement: Loaded the minified versions of CSS and JS files.
  • Fix: Progress Bar Opacity adjustment working on mobile devices.
  • Fix: Progress Bar working on iPhone Mobile devices.
  • Fix: Set Minimum width of the Reading time Container.


  • Fix: Read time postfix not displayed in frontend.


  • Fix: Do not load CSS/JS on pages where read-meter/read-time is not used.


  • Fix: Fixed the Dropdown of Progress bar error.
  • Fix: Changed default values of Progress Bar colors.
  • Fix: Changed default values of Post type.


  • Initial Release.