Here is a free solution on how to import articles from Google Docs to WordPress. We generally use the WordPress editor or desktop editors like Open Live Writer, Blogo, or Desk to write WordPress articles. But, if you also want to know how to import articles from Google Docs to WordPress, here is a solution for you.
It makes complete sense to use Google Docs for writing articles as it allows collaboration and many other writer friendly features. When you use Google Docs to compose articles, you will also be willing to know how to import articles from Google Docs to WordPress.
In my 8 years of blogging career I have recently used Google Docs extensively for writing articles and collaborating with my team. It was a headache to copy the article from Google Docs and paste it in WordPress after completion. It required another revision in its formatting. But not anymore. Recently I found how to import articles from Google Docs to WordPress. You can now get rid of the unnecessary excess work too. How? With this complete guide on how to import articles from Google Docs to WordPress.
In this tutorial, I’m demonstrating you precisely how to import articles from Google Docs to WordPress. Would be great if you can share with your colleagues and friends to help them get faster at work. They will definitely appreciate you!
How to Import Articles from Google Docs to WordPress?
To begin with, you have to install an add-on/plugin for Google Docs.
- Go to WordPress.com for Google Docs on your Google Chrome browser and install the add-on WordPress.com for Google Docs
Here is the description of the add-on:
Compose a document in Google Docs and send it directly to any WordPress.com or Jetpack powered WordPress.org site as a draft post.
Instead of copying and pasting from Google Docs to WordPress and losing your images and formatting in the process, this add-on makes it easy to compose in Google Docs and publish to WordPress with formatting intact and images being uploaded properly.
After installing the add-on, you’ll be able to open WordPress.com for Google Docs in any Google Doc and connect your sites.
On the next page, you will get the option to connect the add-on with your WordPress account.
Once you complete installation of the add-on, carry out the following steps:
- Open the article in Google Docs
- Click on Add-ons Tab (as shown in the image below)
- Then click WordPress.com for Google Docs
- Then click Open
On clicking Open, a panel will open on the right that will ask you to authorize Google Docs to access your WordPress Account.
- Click Authorize
A new tab opens up that gives you the option to select the WordPress account and authorize it
- Click Approve to give Google Docs access to your WordPress account
Here, you will be taken to the login page of your WordPress blog to complete authorization
- Login to your WordPress account in the page that opens up
When I tried it, I got an error as follows:
Someone may be trying to trick you into giving them access to your site. Or it could be you just encountered a bug :). Either way, please close this window.
I chose to ignore it. To stop the error from popping up, I cleared cache from my server and WordPress, and tried logging in again. You can use Jetpack debugging tool if the problem persists.
Another common error observed is this:
There was a problem getting your site’s information. Please make sure you have the Jetpack JSON API enabled, and try re-adding it.
You can fix it by going into Jetpack > Settings on your WordPress Dashboard and Enable JSON API. Check out the following image.
Let’s go back to Google Docs. Refresh the page and now you will see your WordPress account on the right with a button that says Save Draft or Update Draft. Every time you click on it, the content from the Google Doc will be updated to your WordPress account. With one click now content from your Google Docs will be moved to WordPress account. And that is not all, you can connect multiple WordPress account to you Google Docs and update multiple websites from a single Google Docs account. All you have to do is click on Add WordPress Site that you see on the footer.
Some things to keep in mind
- Any edits, such as cropping and rotating, done on the image within Google Docs will not reflect in the WordPress draft
- It is better to make changes on the images before adding them in Google Docs.
- Comments added in Google Docs will not reflect in the draft
- This is actually good. Comments are for internal purpose anyway
- If you have saved the draft with an image and then you remove the image and update the draft, the image would have gone from the draft in WordPress, but the image stays in your database
- You can manually delete the image from the Media tab in your WordPress dashboard
I will rate this add-on a 8/10. It reduces a little effort for sure for me and my team. And I am certain that the creators will add more features in the near future to make it a 10/10.
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