Does this situation sound familiar?
You have written a long-form, value-packed blog post on Google Docs and are ready to publish it on your WordPress blog.
But before anything, you are required to go through the menial process – consisting of several steps including uploading, adding images to the content one after the other, adding links, re-formatting the content and what not – before the post even goes live.
Almost every blogger follows the same rhetoric process – for every single blog post – this can often be very time consuming.
In fact, being a devoted Google Docs and WordPress user, I have done it too. I have also spent countless hours fixing the content formatting issues before a post goes live.
BUT, not anymore.
Enter Publish to WordPress.
What is Publish to WordPress?
Publish to WordPress is a simple yet powerful (and free) Google Docs add-on that allows users to publish content to their WordPress site – from right within Google Docs Interface. This tool was created by the team at Plugmatter (disclaimer: I am part of the Plugmatter team).
In order to publish blog posts, users do not even have to login to their WordPress site explicitly every time.
And, the cool part – perhaps, the most important part about the add-on is the fact that it retains all the content formatting when a blog post gets published.
And when I say content formatting, I mean: images, bullet points, sub-headings, bold / italic / underlined words, font color, and even the font size.
The add-on ensures that none of the formatting elements go haywire and limits the whole publishing job to a couple of clicks.
In short it does it all with style, giving users a seamless publishing experience and saves a ton of their valuable time that could else be spent on stuff that is more important.
How does Publish to WordPress work?
Here’s how it works:
The first step is to install and activate the add-on from the Google Add-ons directory.
To install, simply go to “Add-ons” in the Google Docs menu bar and click on “Get Add-ons.”
And, you will be prompted with the Google Docs Add-ons marketplace where you can do a quick search for Publish to WordPress.
Head to the add-on page, install the add-on by clicking on the + Free button.
It’s quite self-explanatory, you need to progress through the steps and you’ll have the add-on live on your Google Docs.
Now, it’s time to get the Publish to WordPress add-on in action.
Launch the app on your Google Docs from “Add-ons” tab in the menu bar and add the first WordPress site you’d like to publish content on.
While adding a new WordPress website, you will have to provide your website’s login credentials – just once. After that, the add-on stores the website’s login information and uses it again when you try publishing a different blog post.
Once you’re ready to publish the content, hit “Publish” on the top right of the add-on column and it will take you to the last step.
Note: If you haven’t given a title to the document, it will prompt you with a pop-up to enter Document Title. Just provide a title and proceed.
Upon giving a title, choose your preferred site from the “Select Site” Dropdown, and hit “Publish Post.”
Your post will be published – along with all its formatting – on the website you have selected. And you’ll get a notification too.
Other critical features of Publish to WordPress add-on include:
- You can draft your document making it easy to edit within WordPress
- You can add and publish content on unlimited websites
- You can even update an existing post if you make any changes in it
To publish a new blog post, simply select Publish to WordPress add-on from the menu bar again, select site to publish, and hit Publish Post.
You can publish the post to a new website too by adding that website following the process I showed above.
The Publish to WordPress add-on is something we are incredibly excited about. It connects Google Docs with WordPress effortlessly.
You’ll have the benefit of being able to use the collaborative benefits of Google Docs without all of the need to reformat or juggle between multiple tabs when transferring your post to WordPress.