Read Meter – Reading Time & Progress Bar


Le persone solitamente evitano di leggere gli articoli per paura del tempo che perderebbero a leggerlo. Anche tu perdi dei lettori?

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.

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.

Funziona benissimo per dare ai tuoi visitatori un’idea veloce di quanto tempo impiegheranno a leggere il tuo articolo e per incoraggiarli ad arrivare fino alla fine.

Ecco alcune funzioni chiave del plugin –

  • A simple shortcode – [read_meter], gives you the flexibility to add read time anywhere on the site.
  • Even if the post is updated multiple times, the plugin will calculate the read time for the most recent version of the post.
  • Puoi scegliere di mostrare il tempo di lettura e la barra di avanzamento su diversi tipi di contenuto.
  • Puoi decidere se vuoi includere immagini e commenti nel tempo di lettura e nella barra di avanzamento.

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
  • 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.

Controlli specifici per la barra di avanzamento

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


  • Impostazioni generali
  • Tempo di lettura
  • Barra di avanzamento
  • Guida introduttiva


  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.


Dopo posso trovare le impostazioni del plugin Read Meter?

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

Come viene calcolato il tempo di lettura?

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.

Posso aggiungerlo per un CPT (Custom Post Type)?

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

Dove posso aggiungere uno 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.

Con quali temi funziona il plugin Read Meter?

Il plugin Read Meter funziona con tutti i temi di WordPress!


22 Febbraio 2023
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 Dicembre 2022 1 risposta
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.
7 Aprile 2022 1 risposta
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!
8 Marzo 2022 1 risposta
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.
8 Settembre 2021
Nice find. I especially like the customizable progress bar. The reading time is correct.
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Changelog (registro delle modifiche)


  • 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.