Does Your Website Contian Speling Errors?


A couple of weeks ago I read an article on the NY Times blog section of their website written by one of their columnists. I was shocked to find the post rife with spelling mistakes. Not only was this distracting, but immediately led me to question the writer’s credibility.

It's easy to change websites and post information. In the past, it usually passed by several people before making it live on a website. Nowadays, most websites allow an individual to post immediately and from many different places (including phones). The disadvantage to this immediacy is the increased likelihood of errors.

In fact on this site all the guides post directly to the site, it is not required to be proofread or go through an editor first (even though I usually have friends proofread for me).

It is prudent to check your website for any errors and encourage content creators to have someone proofread content or at the least use spell-checking. With spell check built into many programs (browsers, cms, and blogging software) it is simple as clicking a button. Just remember that some misspellings will not be caught by spell checking so keep an eye out for: their / they're / there, witch / which, weather / whether, too / to / two.

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Dave, your title is very clever! I like it.

You could have also thrown "You're" in the title - that's one of my favourites (and no, that's not a second typo, I'm Canadian ;)
Our website has a similar mix of staff postings so I've tried to review the site every so often to see if I can spot any typos. We have a date stamp on pages so I'm hoping to use that to see who has updated things recently, once I've done a good sweep of the site. Thanks for the article.

Yes, You're is a common error also. I was hoping that in an article about spelling errors that I didn't make any myself. I think it's clean... :)

I read another article on the Chicago Sun Times and I was surprised there were errors in there too. I would think that newspaper articles still have editors right?

I have to admit that a friend just emailed me with a spelling error in this post. I knew that I would have a mistake that I would glance over. I knew this would be a dangerous subject to write on because of the strong likelihood that I'd make a mistake.

It's now fixed.