Google Docs is go to document creation tool for both teams and individuals. It provides advanced editing and collaboration tools for free and without any limitations. However, when it comes to move documents the words Google Docs to your WordPress site, It does not play very well. You will lose all images and formatting in the process.
However, this one will no longer be the case because the company Automattic recently released a Google Docs add-on that allows you to directly save a Google Docs document as a draft on your WordPress site. In this post, I will show you how you can use this add-on to save the document in your wordpress.com or your self-hosted wordpress.org website.
Here are some requirements for the extension to work.
For wordpress.com sites
- Google Account to create documents and connect with the wordpress.com website.
- Any browser.
- A wordpress.com site with access administrator (ie wordpress.com account).
For self-hosted wordpress.org sites
- Google Account to create documents and connections. with the website wordpress.org.
- Any browser.
- Must have access administrator to a self-hosted wordpress.org site (meaning only the owner can connect the add-on).
- Jetpack plugin must install and operate in the wordpress.org website. Required to implement add-ons on self-hosted sites.
Before following the instructions mentioned below, make sure you complete them all prerequisites according to your site type.
Before using the add-on, you must install it and connect it to your WordPress website. To get started, open the WordPress.com plugin for Google Docs page and click FREE OF CHARGE to install add-ons.
One The Google Docs document will open in a new window and you will be asked to provide the necessary permissions. Just click “Continue” And after that “Allow” to provide permissions and install add-ons.
Connect your WordPress site
After installing the utility, you need to connect your website to Google Docs. To do so, click “Add-ons” menu in Google Docs, select “WordPress.com for Google Docs” and click “Open”.
This will open widget in right sidebar. Click “Authority” button here to start the authorization process.
One New tab will open where are you going to stay required to login with your wordpress.com account (if not logged in). You will be asked to choose your site from a drop-down menu listing all sites connected to your wordpress.com account. Just select the required website and click “Approve” button allows it.
When the window will close, you will see authorized site in Google Docs sidebar. If you want to authorize more sites just click “Add WordPress Site”” button at the bottom of the sidebar and authorize it. You can repeat the process to add as many sites as you want.
The authorization process for a self-hosted website same way Just make sure the Jetpack plugin is installed and activated then authorize it using the instructions above.
Save Google Docs Document in WordPress
It is very easy to save your documents in WordPress like a draft. When you’re done editing your document, click “Save Draft” in the bar next to the site name.
The document will be Submit to your WordPress site and saved as Draft. If you need to update your draft, simply edit the Google Docs document and click “Draft Update” button in the sidebar.
The supplement will guarantee most formats and all images It’s still the same as being moved to the WordPress site editor so you don’t have to make any changes. Of course add-ons are not the perfect solution yet and may omit some advanced formatting (like design). However, most popular format remains intact.
For testing purposes, I created a Google Docs document with dummy text and a few pictures. I’ve also applied most of the popular formats to see how they pass, including title, bullet point, bold, italic, and underlineetc.
When I opened a draft in the WordPress editor, almost all the formatting has been moved perfectly except for the text that I colored. The the image is also perfectly aligned.
I also checked HTML code of the post and it’s perfectly fine, and no unclaimed entries. You can see it in the screenshot below.
Website WordPress.com no problem getting authorization. However, many users have have trouble while trying to connect their self-hosted wordpress.org site with Jetpack installed.
The the add-on is still new and has many bugs, and it also depends on the Jetpack plugin now. Therefore, many users will face problems based on site configuration, Jetpack plugin configurationand other reasons.
Below I will mention some general solution worked for most users to authorization troubleshooting. You can try them out if you face such problem.
- Make sure the site you’re testing is at least 3 days (72 hours). Jetpack plugin problem recently registered domain name authorization.
- Confirm that latest version of Jetpack plugin installed.
- Disable all other plugins except Jetpack, and try. You can re-enable them if it works.
- Disable Cloudflare Security if you are using it You can reactivate it later.
- Change your theme to WordPress default (if possible) and see if it fixes. It could be a problem with the theme.
- The security solution is known to cause authorization issues. Try Temporarily disable your security solutions and try authorization.
- Below is a list of errors related to the Jetpack plugin. If you face any, just follow the instructions provided to fix it.
- Contact Jetpack support If you still can’t solve the problem.
- You may even have to contact your hosting service to make sure there are no problems at their end. However, I would recommend contacting Jetpack support first and get their advice.
Key points and conclusion
WordPress.com Add-on for Google Docs Definitely a breakthrough in the WordPress community. You no longer have to Spend more time formatting documents in WordPress or mess up the HTML code.
Although, I still recommend double check your entered documents to see if everything is moving correctly. The add-in is new and it can make some mistakes. However, this won’t make you run away, add-ons will continue to improve and will soon be available to all users.
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