How to Install the Reading Progress Bar Indicator in WordPress – Maybe some of you who are diligent in visiting popular sites and reading articles on these websites, you will see there is a reading indicator at the top, this indicator is called the “Reading Progress Bar”.
This Reading Progress Bar indicator looks different but what most websites use is similar to the scrollbar mark on the side of your browser. The reading progress bar is useful for showing the user how many articles are left to read and scrolling down, this will encourage visitors to continue reading your article until it’s finished.
To install this reading indicator, in this article, I will show you how to add a reading progress bar on your WordPress site. But before we get to the core part of this article, you should first read the benefits of installing the reading progress bar indicator.
Benefits of Installing the Reading Progress Bar Indicator
Blog visitors usually only want to spend a few seconds on a web page before they decide whether to stay on your blog or leave. But it will be different if you always make long and interesting articles, it will make your visitors stay longer and read your article until it’s finished.
By installing a progress reading bar indicator on each article, this will make it easier for users to find out how long the article will be finished reading and how long the article will be scrolled down. In addition, adding this small user-interface enhancement will encourage users to continue scrolling down and also motivate visitors to finish the articles they read.
Many popular websites use this indicator, and you can also see that on the blog center, this click on the top also uses the reading progress indicator. However, you also need to make sure that this reading progress indicator can run smoothly and doesn’t ruin the user experience on your site.
How to Install Reading Progress Bar in WordPress
The first thing you need to do to install a reading progress bar is to install and activate the plugin Worth The Read. Please read the following guide if you don’t know how to install plugins on WordPress. Complete Guide to Installing a WordPress Plugin.
After your plugin is activated, please enter the plugin settings in the menu Settings »Worth The Read to configure your progress bar indicator.
On this settings page there are two sections and the first is in the “Progress Indicator” section. Please activate the reading progress bar indicator on your website by checking the option “Display On”, you can choose to tick all of them or just activate this indicator in your posts. In this example I only put it on the post.
You can also include comments in the total length of the progress bar by checking the “Include Comments” option. If you are entering a comment, you can also choose a different background color for the indicator in your comments area.
After that you can adjust the position of the indicator will be displayed and there are 4 choices of places, namely at the top, bottom, left or right side. And there are also other settings such as indicator color and opacity settings (transparent background), feel free to adjust these settings to your liking.
Furthermore, at the bottom there is a “Time Commitment” setting, this if you activate it will bring up the length of time the reader will spend reading on an article and is shown in minutes and you can display it before or after the title of your article. But for this setting, I leave it alone and I don’t activate it, because it is less interesting in my opinion.
If the above configuration is complete, please save the settings by pressing the “Save Changes” button.
And after that, please read one of your articles and see the reading progress indicator will be displayed on your site. If you don’t like this plugin then you can use another plugin that is also free called Reading Progressbar which you can download here ⇒ Reading progressbar plugin.
And that’s a complete explanation of how to install the Reading Progress indicator on WordPress, I hope this article is useful for you and good luck. 🙂