When you spend significant time writing in web applications – say, in a CMS, social media client or a bid submission portal – a quick way to count words and characters is useful. Here are my favourite tools to count words or characters without leaving the browser.

I’m working on a project for a UK public sector site that involves analysing lots of legacy web content. The work also involves restructuring the site with a new, straightforward, navigation. Findability and interesting, relevant content are key. In parallel, I need to improve the site’s performance in search engine results.