there are many wordpress plugins that count the written words out there, and my plugin of choice is WP Word Count because of its simple, straight-forward overview page, which includes total counts as well as numbers by month and author.
however, it’s not always desirable to include everything in those counts – e.g. if you hire writers and get billed by the word, you may want to exclude blockquotes.
the following little code modification achieves just that:
you can either open the plugin’s php-file in a text-editor, or (if you don’t have ftp access) use wordpress’ plugin editor.
find the line called “function bjl_word_counter” (in V1.4: line 184), and add/modify the bold segments.
//mn edit: exclude everything within blockquotes!
$mncontent = ereg_replace('\<blockquote\>.*\<\/blockquote\>','',$content);
// THIS IS THE SAME METHOD USED BY TD WORD COUNT (http://www.tdscripts.com/wp/tdwordcount/)
now, all the text that is blockquoted is ignored for the word count.