This is a post I’ve been wanting to write for quite a while now. WordPress, your favorite CMS tool and Artificial Intelligence, or AI for short. It is by far the most impressive new tool we have available on the web now in my opinion. What you can do with AI nowadays is mindblowing. Where nowadays is about a year and a half, two years long.
This post highlights some of the AI tools that can be combined with WordPress in some way. I’ll also try to highlight some of the future applications I see possible within WordPress.
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This, to me, is the most obvious application of AI within WordPress currently. And there are three ways to look at this:
- content creation within WordPress itself,
- content creation related to WordPress, and
- content research itself.
Within WordPress Content Creation
AI within WordPress means there’s an integration with an AI tool that lives inside of WordPress. There’s one that stands out. In a very good way.
The first and most impactful one that comes to mind, partly because it’s one I’m actively using, is Bertha AI. It’s built by Andrew Palmer, a well known developer within the WordPress ecosphere. Bertha AI, once connected to your WordPress installation, integrates inside your editor by helping you to create content. You essentially tell it what kind of content you’d like to create, and it will prompt you to give it specific context. From there it will generate text based on the template or purpose you’ve selected.
It basically takes away the “I don’t know where to start with this content” first hurdle when creating content. I’ve used it to create about a dozen long-form content and I was amazed at how well of a starting point it provided me.
Bertha AI also allows you to generate AI generated images on the fly. Another super cool feature. With the quality currently provided, it’s not going to be long before we’re at the stage where we don’t need the likes of Unsplash and Getty Images anymore. And the quality is only going to up!
Related to WordPress Content Creation
WordPress without content obviously is useless. WordPress comes alive by adding content to it. Content be text, audio, and video. So let’s talk about some existing tools out there that do just that. Create content.
Quillbot is a language processing AI tool that can help people rewrite or paraphrase text. To do that, it uses advanced algorithms to understand the meaning and structure of the input text. After it’s done that, Quillbot suggests alternative ways to rewrite it. This is useful for a variety of purposes. For instance, to improve the readability of a piece of writing. Resulting in a more concise article, or even changing its tone or style.
Quillbot can also help people generate new ideas for writing by suggesting different ways to express the same ideas and I’ve seen amazing results with it.
A great way to use Quillbot is, for example, when you need to base text off of someone else’s text. It rephrases, rewords your version into a unique piece of content.
Speechelo is a text-to-speech (TTS) tool that can convert written text into natural-sounding speech. It’s appication within WordPress is, for instance, audio versions of your blog posts or pages, making your content more accessible to a wider audience. This can be especially helpful for people with visual impairments or those who prefer to listen to content rather than read it.
Additionally, using Speechelo to create audio versions of your content can help improve your website’s SEO, as search engines can index the audio files and potentially improve your search rankings.
Synthesia is a software application that allows you to convert text to speech in video format. Not just audio. To be specific, it creates a video based on an avatar you’ve chosen, a voice, and the laguage you’d like it to speak. It is not directly related to WordPress as it creates videos. However, I’ve used it to create tutorials for clients, convert blog posts to videos, and general faceless YouTube videos. The quality is amazing. Sure, it’s not perfect, but you can get it close to perfect by tweaking the speech.
Murf is very similar to Synthesia, but only focuses on producing audio files. Just like Synthesia, it’s not perfect, but the quality is high. You can use it to create audio version of your blog posts. Servicing those who prefer to listen to read for whatever reason.
Grammarly is a writing enhancement tool that uses natural language processing (NLP) to identify and correct grammar and spelling errors in written text. Use it to check the grammar and spelling of any type of written text. Furthermore, Grammarly can also provide suggestions for improving sentence structure and clarity, as well as identifying and flagging potential plagiarism. In short, Grammarly is a tool that can help improve the accuracy and clarity of written communication.
I’m just going to start with the most impressive one. And it’s just a couple of days old. Absolutely mind-blowing what you can do with it in beta.
As a large language model trained by OpenAI, ChatGPT’s primary function is to process and generate natural language text based on the input it receives. It can provide explanations, definitions, and general information on a wide range of topics. It won’t create original content or provide specific advice or guidance on content creation, however. It’s a beast, but you need to feed it. You need to train it.
And I love it.
There are many AI-powered solutions you can use for content research. Some examples include:
- Google’s Natural Language API: This API allows developers to integrate natural language processing (NLP) capabilities into their applications, which can be used to analyze and understand the meaning and context of text. This could be useful for content research, as it could help identify important keywords and themes within a body of text.
- Semantic Analysis: This is a type of NLP that involves using AI algorithms to analyze the meaning and context of text, in order to extract structured information from it. This could be useful for content research, as it could help identify important concepts and relationships within a body of text.
- Text summarization: This is a type of AI-powered tool that can automatically generate a condensed summary of a body of text. This could be useful for content research, as it could help quickly identify the most important information within a large document or collection of text. Quillbot does this, but there are also other tools.
- AI-powered search engines: There are many search engines that use AI algorithms to improve their ability to understand and interpret natural language queries. This could be useful for content research, as it could help users find relevant information more quickly and easily.
These are just a few examples of AI-powered tools you can use for content research. There are many other similar tools and platforms available, each with its own unique capabilities and features.
General Use in WordPress
There are plenty of AI based solution available inside of WordPress. There’s one that’s “right there in front of you”. Akismet is active in almost all WordPress installations. Its main goal is to stop spam comments. One of the ways it detects spam comments is via AI.
Here’s a list of other AI powered WordPress plugins:
- WordLift; WordLift is a plugin for WordPress that uses natural language processing (NLP) to analyze and enhance the content of a WordPress website. It can help improve the search engine optimization (SEO) of a WordPress site by automatically analyzing the content and identifying important keywords and themes
- Linkwhisper; Link Whisper quietly and quickly “whispers” contextual internal link suggestions that can both help your readers better find content on your site and helps Google rank your site better due to the improved link structure.
- There are a lot more. You can find an overview of WordPress plugins tagged with AI in the WordPress plugin repository.
WordPress & AI and the Future
AI can potentially help with creating code in a number of ways. Some examples of how AI could be used to assist with coding include:
- Code generation: AI algorithms can be trained to generate code based on a set of input requirements or specifications. This could potentially help reduce the amount of time and effort required to write code, as the AI system could automatically generate the code based on the inputs provided by the user. Think Github CoPilot for WordPress.
- Code debugging: AI algorithms can be trained to identify and fix errors in code, potentially making the debugging process more efficient and effective. This could help reduce the amount of time and effort required to identify and fix bugs in code. Right there in your favorite Code Editor.
- Code completion: AI algorithms can be trained to predict and suggest code snippets or complete lines of code based on the context and previous lines of code written by the user. This could help speed up the coding process and reduce the likelihood of errors or typos.
In the future, it is likely that AI will play an even greater role in the field of software development. As AI technology continues to advance, it is possible that AI systems will be able to write entire programs or applications with little or no human intervention. This could potentially revolutionize the way that code is written and make the process of creating software much more efficient and effective.
This is just a small look at what’s possible for AI within WordPress. There’s sooo much more. The main reason I couldn’t get started properly on this article is that I didn’t know where to begin. There’s just so much!
Back to you. What other WordPress & AI tools are you using? Let me know in the comment!