How to Integrate Google Docs with WordPress

How to Integrate Google Docs with WordPress

John Hewick

What would happen if you combined the convenience of shareable content on Google Docs with the powerful publishing tools of WordPress? It might sound too good to be true, but thankfully that’s no longer a pipe dream.

In news which is set to revolutionise the way your company generates content, a ground-breaking new add-on lets you realise the benefits of Google Docs in WordPress.

A new way to work

Managing a daily content stream can be challenging, especially when a team of writers are working on the same outcome. With this Chrome plugin, the difficulty of co-ordinating multiple writers just got way easier.

With the current setup on WordPress, only one writer at any given time is able to make changes to an article. In order for another writer to add their input or make changes, they would have to wait for the other person to leave that article before clicking in to make revisions themselves.

Thanks to the WordPress for Google Docs plugin, that frustrating way of generating content becomes a thing of the past. More than one writer can access and edit the same document in real time.

Once the document is finished, this can easily be sent to WordPress. Unlike past methods which require copying and pasting from Google Docs – resulting in formatting issues – this plugin links to WordPress ensuring all format and images are carried over properly. That’s right, all that time-consuming formatting remains conveniently intact.

Setting up WordPress for Google Docs

As with all Google plugins, it couldn’t be easier to install and get started with this new software. Simply install ‘WordPress for Google Docs’ via the Google Web Store before enabling access to your WordPress site. To do this, follow the instructions upon launching the plugin.

Once you’ve linked to WordPress, it only requires the click of a button to save any Google document as a draft. When you’re done editing, open the sidebar and hit the ‘Save Draft’ button. It even gives you a preview of how this will look after it is published. What’s more, frequent auto-saves give reassurance against the devastation of losing work.

After a draft is saved, it gets automatically added to your WordPress site. Refresh your ‘post’ feed on the WordPress admin panel and the article should now show up. It can either be published or you may want to make further edits.

Aside from the benefits of enabling multiple authors, the plugin includes an array of handy features. The sidebar shows all the collaborators on a current project, as well as previous collaborators. This more integrated way of working allows for much greater scope when generating content. Images can be added alongside text by one user as another user continues to generate the content. Otherwise, it may be valuable for those content managers who prefer to assess quality and edit for spelling and grammatical mistakes in real time.

As a breakthrough for anyone serious about content, it could be worth trying this plugin and realising the benefits.

John Hewick

Author John Hewick

John is a full stack developer, with 10 years’ experience building websites with WordPress. Working with Elementary Digital for the last 4 years John has met all the challenges that have been sent his way.

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