In this blog post, I’ll be presenting you some of the best text-to-speech (TTS) plugins for WordPress.
Converting your articles to audio format by recording voice-overs can be costly and time-consuming.
Thankfully, as technology is growing, we now have AI-driven text-to-speech engines that convert your text to a natural voice. Some services like Amazon Polly and Google TTS are the leaders in the space.
With the advent of AI, say no to robotic voices!
So, here are some of the ways by which you can implement the “listen to article” feature on WordPress.
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The consumption of audio content is skyrocketing.
Nowadays, some people even prefer listening to articles instead of reading. It’s simply because listening requires less mental strain and it promotes cognitive ease.
It helps you tap a new range of audience who’d have never read your articles.
Here’s an analysis by Play.ht.
The people who listen to your article stay on 8x longer on the page and this reduced bounce rate significantly.
According to my research, atleast 5-10% will be listening to your article. Of course, you can increase this rate by keeping the audio version of the article brief, and by using the right voice.
As you guys may know, by looking at the time people are spending on your site, Google will rank your content accordingly.
So text-to-speech services help you a lot in this regard.
Even if due to the increased rankings, the traffic increases by 1.2x, your investment will be paid back.
Play.ht is one of the most refined text-to-speech services out there. I’m personally using it in some of my blog posts, and the results are just amazing.
It is a service especially meant for content creators to save a lot of money in professional voice overs.
With Play.ht you get access to 100+ realistic voices. I was literally amazed by seeing how realistic the voices are.
It is a cloud service, which means you can use it with almost all the platforms that support HTML.
They also come with a dedicated WordPress plugin that helps you convert your articles to audio on the fly.
You can embed the audio before the first paragraph, or anywhere in the blog post.
You can also enable, listen icon on the bottom-right or left of the screen.
It also comes with the ability to tweak the voiceover text, select narration style, add custom pronunciations, tone, and also add pauses.
I tend to keep the audio short, to make it attractive.
The developers are really quick when it comes to rolling out new updates. Great features like voice cloning, background music, and more are on their roadmap.
When it comes to their interface, you can create audio from text, URL, or add your own audio!
You also can tweak some of the global settings when it comes to the audio player, page player, and also have access to audio analytics.
If you are an individual blogger, the blogger plan may be suitable for you. If you’re a publication then you can go with their 2nd and 3rd plans.
The most impressive thing I liked about Play.ht is:
- Superior customization options in their WordPress plugin
- Really affordable price compared to other apps here
- Willingness to implement new features with a public roadmap.
SpeechKit allows you to convert your articles to audio content. It has 200+ realistic voices in 28 languages.
It comes with almost all the features that Play.ht comes with. Along with those, it also comes with programmatic ad placement options.
It comes with WordPress and Ghost plugins.
Let us talk about the WordPress plugin.
SpeechKit’s WordPress plugin offers decent features, but lags behind when it comes to customization when compared to Play.ht.
It comes with optional audio shortcodes that’re quite flexible.
You can add articles, edit text, and publish.
But indeed, if you want the ad placement feature, then it may be worth it to go with SpeechKit.
Trinity Audio consists of three products.
- Trinity Player: This is the player that you can add at any place of your article to display the audio of the article.
- Trinity Pulse: It helps your website visitors to discover the trending audio episodes on your site. It helps a lot in site engagement.
- Trinity Skills: You can deliver your content on smart speakers like Alexa, to train it with your website content.
Similar to Play.ht it comes with a WordPress plugin to easily implement text to speech on your website.
These are global settings.
You can also tweak the per-post settings similar to Play.ht inside the post editor.
Here’s how their web app looks like:
You can see it has got some additional features and also ad support.
Coming to the pricing, they’ve not disclosed the pricing anywhere on their website.
As they deal with very big brands, the pricing will be quite premium.
ResponsiveVoice is an HTML5 based text-to-speech WordPress plugin that converts your blog content to audio format within a minute. Using this plugin, you can add voices to your websites and even to your videos. It works well on smartphone, tablet, and desktop devices.
Currently, it supports 51 languages in over 168 voices. All you need to do is embed the shortcode “Listen Button” anywhere on your post or page. It supports voice-over for the videos in 13 languages. You can provide the YouTube URL or upload your MP4 to get the voice-over.
You can customize the voice, button text parameters, adjust the voice’s pitch, volume, and rate within the shortcodes. This is that simple!
[responsivevoice_button rate=”1″ pitch=”1.2″ volume=”0.8″ voice=”US English Female” buttontext=”Play”]
If you don’t want this plugin to read the entire blog post, you can add parameters to the section of the post you want the plugin to read.
[responsivevoice]Text for this plugin to read [/responsivevoice]
The best feature is using its SDK
- You can make all links on a webpage to speak on hovering the mouse.
- Speak when the users select the text (Highlighted Selected Text)
- Automatically speak text when webpage loads
- Add keyboard accessibility to any website or web application and to navigation
If you want to build a voice-enabled website, this plugin is the best option to go with. You can also display the page welcome message, exit-intent message, message after 30 seconds of inactivity, etc.
ResponsiveVoice plugin has a forever free plan to use on non-commercial websites. With this free plan, you don’t get unlimited voice, and advanced features like welcome messages, exit-intent messages, spoken tab navigation, etc.
If you have a commercial website and need access to these features you need to go with their premium plans starting at $39/mo.
Remixd voice plugin helps media companies, quality publishers, and content creators to grow their business through audio content. Its AI uses proprietary technology and provides human-like natural voices, increasing user engagement on site.
You can choose from multiple voices, control the way users need to listen to the audio, and improve accessibility on mobile devices. Similar to SpeechKit, it also supports dynamic ad insertion and comes with monetization for your brand.
Based on the user engagement and behavior on the site, this plugin enables you to run ad campaigns for maximizing the reach.
Similar to Trinity Audio, you can deliver the content to listen to on smart speakers like Alexa.
They have not disclosed the pricing details on the website. Contact support to know the pricing.
Remixd also gives you access to reports and analytics so that you can analyze the insights and monetization results.
Voicer is an AI and machine learning-based text to speech WordPress plugin supporting 275 voices across 45+ languages and variants. This is a Google Cloud-based plugin ensuring high reliability and good speed. It produces high-quality audio by combining cutting-edge audio synthesis (WaveNet) and Google’s neural networks.
This plugin is compatible and works well with most of the WordPress themes and page builders. You can even use it on eCommerce sites. It is compatible with multilingual websites, and the sites are developed with various WordPress frameworks like Genesis, Divi, Themify, Warp 7, Ultimatum, Beans, Unyson, Gantry, and others.
It is also compatible with various plugins like Yoast SEO, Contact Form 7, W3 Total Cache, NextGen Gallery, Slider Revolution, WooCommerce, etc.
Its other features include:
- Perfect for RTL direction
- Lightweight and fast
- Compatible with all modern browsers
- Compatible with WooCommerce
- WPML compatible
- Huge customization capabilities
The pricing is quite cheap. It costs $20 and you will get 6 months’ future updates.
WebsiteVoice WordPress plugin is best for bloggers and publishers to turn website articles into high-quality audio. With Automatic content recognition technology, this plugin recognizes the content on your site automatically.
They have trained their voice algorithm with AI and machine learning for you to get rid of robotic voices. Its smart adaptive voice makes speech sound as natural as a human voice.
Users can change and control the speed of the voice as per their needs.
Its customization options are simple. You just need to add the script to the website and customize the player to match your brand.
For people having small blogs, its starter plan is enough to get started and it costs $9/mo, but this plan lacks advanced features. If you are a serious blogger, you can go with the premium plan that costs $29/mo.
If you need features like faster audio conversion, custom text at the beginning and end, MP3 audio downloads, voice speed control UVT, you need to choose their professional plan that costs $49/mo. This plan is best for high-traffic websites.
According to my research, I would consider Play.ht to be the best text-to-speech app for adding audio to your articles. Their WordPress plugin is very feature-rich.
Along with these, their speed of implementation is good and pricing is affordable.
Alternatively, you can also consider SpeechKit. It comes with additional features like WordPress shortcodes and also ad placements. But the price is a bit on the higher side.
Hope you guys found this post on text-to-speech softwares helpful.