The launch of the Amazon Polly Plugin for WordPress will turn blog posts into audio or podcasts. And that will make 47 female and male voices and 30 languages.
By integrating Amazon Polly with WordPress, the technology will be accessible to a much wider audience – including many small business owners. And the feature will give websites and small business blogs using WordPress a new tool to interact with customers.
And as a small business, spreading your message is the key to serving your customers. Converting text from your blog or website to voice will allow your readers to listen to your message while they drive, do exercise or just do not want to read.
The plug-in was designed in collaboration with the Amazon Web Services team and WP Engine, a managed WordPress platform. Together, the teams created Polly to convert text on WordPress into speech. Polly’s speech platform was launched in November 2016 during an Amazon re: Invent event.
Using the Amazon Polly WordPress plugin
Polly was originally designed to give developers a tool to create talking apps. Developers have used it to create new categories of voice products using advanced technologies for in-depth learning to synthesize a speech that sounds natural and human.
The plug-in extends this functionality to WordPress users with new features previously seen on Alexa, such as whispering, voice tagging and dynamic range compression. And if you run your own WordPress installation on AWS – or your own hosted or managed infrastructure – you can start using it now.
You need to do a configuration, but there is a set of clear instructions written by Jeff Barr, Chief Evangeist for AWS, here for you to try. Once installed, the plugin will make calls to Amazon Polly whenever any of your messages is saved or updated. And that’s where you pay for the service.
The price structure can get complicated. The free level begins with the first speech request, and you will get 5 million characters per month for speech or speech requests for the first 12 months.
Once you have started the paid service, you will be billed based on the number of characters in the voice requests. The pay-as-you-you structure gives you one million characters for $ 4.00.
So how many pages of content is that going to be? Well, 3000 characters comes out at about 500 words, the average length of a single page spaced. This means that you can expect that a million characters will occupy about 333.33 pages; not bad for $ 4.00.
You can get additional details on the price of the Amazon Polly plug-in here.
Why use the plug-in?
If you simplify the way your audience can consume the content you create, you have a better chance of doing so. Transforming the text into a language similar to the human is one more way to make this possible.