I took a nice opportunity to consolidate all the ways of moving the blog posts from the Google Docs To WordPress through this post.
I love all the Google products, especially Google Docs 🙂
I have been offering my writing service for the past 4 years, and I use Google docs to deliver the work for my clients.
Besides, I have hired writers for my new project and they also send the content through Google Docs.
Previously, I copy the content typed in Google docs, used HTML Cleaner to clean the codes and then pasted in the WordPress “Text” editor to do formatting.
Because I admit that I hate WordPress WYSIWYG editor 🙁
Even though I admire the features of WordPress, whenever I open it to publish or draft a post, I prayed so badly for another alternative.
Thus I have started to use Google Docs and found an exact solution to move the data directly into the WordPress without any need of reformatting!
Yes, the images, links, and other formatting can be directly send to WordPress from Google docs quickly. I’ll explain the simple process later in this post.
So, which text editor are you using to craft the content for your blog or website?
Do you use MS Word?
Even after writing an entire post on MS Word, you have to copy & paste the content to Notepad. Then you have to reach the WP editor to post it.
The process may be a precarious one as you have to insert images & links separately and extra codes will get added!
So, you end up satisfying yourself with the thing you hate the most! Am I right?
If you use Word Document or any other text editor, I would ask you read the advantages of using Google docs over other text editors.
Benefits of Google Docs over WordPress Editor
If you don’t hate WordPress post editor, you may ask ‘why the hell should I use a third-party tool given that I can directly write, edit and publish on WP?’
You have it below. I have compiled a few of the benefits here. Yeah, there are many!
#1. Collaboration Become Easier
Say you have hired a writer, or you have co-writers. The best thing to do on WordPress is that it provides him/her with an author account. What if you don’t want to do so? What if you want to keep the site a secret?
What if you don’t want to do so? What if you want to keep the site a secret?
You think the only possible way is to get the post as a document and publish it on your own? No, that’s not it!
Ask your writer to create a Google Doc and write on the same. Don’t forget to instruct him/her to share it with you.
So now the collaboration part is solved. How can you publish the content then? Well, read the entire post for getting to know that.
#2. No Reformatting Necessary
Do you think reformatting is necessary when you draft a Google Doc directly into your WP dashboard?
You don’t have to do it. Once you figure out the right way of doing it, you don’t even have to add images into the draft.
Everything inside the document is completely copied to your blog post let alone the images.
No reformatting, no uploads, no modifications! Nothing!
#3. Instant Saving Facility
I know it! WordPress saves your drafts automatically, but not as frequent as Google Docs does.
I have encountered content loss issue many times when my internet plays a back-and-forth game all of a sudden. Not even post revisions can help you out here.
Guess what? Google Docs can come to your rescue.
Every single change you make to the document gets saved no matter it is adding or deleting only one character.
#4. Loads Faster
This part is arguable if you have the fastest server service. Most of the servers aren’t faster than Google Docs as their website is hosted on the powerful servers in the whole world.
Even if you own a fast loading site, you have to go through a series of steps to publish a post. (Login>> Posts>> Add new>> Write>> Format>> Image uploads>> Publish).
When it comes to Google Docs, it only takes four steps on the contrary to the seven steps WP needs (Head over to the document (using the direct link)>> Write>> Format>> Add images>> publish).
Now that you got the benefits of using Google Docs over the conventional editor, let’s get into the core of this blog post.
Guidelines To Import Blog Posts from Google Docs To WordPress
I know you can copy-paste the content from a Google Sheet. You are not here for it, are you?
While researching for this article, I have come across some strategies that serve our purpose. I’ll tell about them later in this post!
Turns out they need some web development skill. Chances are you may make errors even if tell you the right way. So, I ditched it.
Instead, I will share a method in which you don’t have to visit your website dashboard.
STEP-BY-STEP Process To Publish Content From Google Docs To WordPress
Just follow the simple steps to publish your content from Google docs to WordPress without any modifications in the formatting.
Step 1: Ensure you have logged into your Google account using the default browser on your computer.
Once you finish ensuring it, click here to reach Publish to WordPress Google Docs add-ons page.
Step 2: You can see a blue “Free” button there. Just click on it. Soon after you click on it, you will redirect to a new Google Docs page.
Step 3: There you will be asked to provide permission to run Publish to WordPress add-on in your Docs page.
Step 4: The next part is the usual authorization, where you have to press Allow button.
From now on, you will have a new menu named Publish to WordPress under Add-ons of Google Docs.
Step 5: Now, We have to configure your website to prepare it for publishing Google Documents.
To add your site to this extension, you have to connect your self-hosted WordPress blog to WordPress.com. It can be done by installing the plugin “Jetpack by WordPress”.
WordPress Dashboard >> Plugins >> Add New >> Search – Jetpack
Install and Activate the plugin, Jetpack, by WordPress.com. Now click “Jetpack” in the dashboard, and you will be able to see “Connect Jetpack”
Now, you will be directed to WordPress.com to sign in your account. Once, you logged into your WordPress.com account; your site will be added to it.
Step 6: Go to Add-ons in Google Docs >> Publish to WordPress >> Manage sites
Step 7: You can see an Add New Site button there. Hitting on the same take you to a new tab, where you have to provide your wordpress.com username and password.
Step 8: When you click “Add New Site” as I showed in the above image, you will be able to add your site from WordPress.com. Hit Approve as shown below!
Step 9: Now your site will be authorized and you will get the below message
From now you will be able to see your site in the sidebar of Google docs like
Step 10: You can publish Google Documents on your WordPress site.
When you finish writing a post (don’t forget to format and add images as well), you should go to
Add-ons>> Publish to WordPress>> Publish >> Select Site with the option “Publish Post” & “Save Draft”
I always hit “Save Draft” to save my content on the WordPress site.
Hurray! That’s it. Now you can visit your site to see it live or saved in the draft without any modifications in the format.
Things To Be Noted When You Connect Google Doc To WordPress
If the “Publish To WordPress” extension cannot add your site, then you may try the following things!
- Ensure that you have default login URL (wp-admin); Uninstall the hide login URL plugin (If you have)
- Disable your security plugin until your site gets added to the Google doc
- If you still can’t add your site to this WordPress Google Docs plugin, login to CPaneel, look for “Modsec Security” under the security category. Disable that protection when adding your website to the extension, and don’t forget to enable the security feature after your site has been included to the Google Docs add-on.
Alternative Ways To Import Google Docs To WordPress
Before I begin explaining the process, I mentioned that have come across few other strategies to import content from Google docs to WordPress. Do you remember? Here are they!
1. Docs To WordPress
You can install Docs To WordPress only if you follow the same procedure for editing the plugin file. Here is an updated post to use Docs To WordPress plugin and check its previous post linked at the bottom.
2. Send To WordPress
If you want to draft the post only, use Send to WordPress extension. All you have to do is right-click on the document>> Open with>> Send to WordPress. Then, you will have to log into your site. It is as simple as that.
Wordable (formerly called Postable) is an exceptional tool available for content marketers and bloggers to convert Google docs to WordPress in one click. Its main aim is to save time and money. This WordPress Google docs plugin is available in both free and paid versions. You may try its free plan, as you can export the content to one WordPress site.
Google Docs has superior functionalities over other text editors, but moving the files to the desired place is tricky. Yes, it would eat up more time and involves too many procedures.
However, through this post, I hope that you have learned how to move blog posts from Google docs to WordPress easily. What do you think about the simple method for WordPress Google docs integration?
Do you also prefer to use the world’s top word processing tool, Google docs, to let your creative juice flow in the form of words? Or do you use any other nice, distraction-free text editor to craft the content for your site?
Share your valuable viewpoints in the comment section, and let’s discuss. Also, if you get any issues connecting the Google docs to WordPress site through the “Publish To WordPress” extension from Plugmatter, please let me know, and I’ll help!
6 thoughts on “How to Import Data from Google Docs to WordPress? (Step-by-Step Process Explained)”
Will be possible use it with DIVI Template? Or only works with blog post plain format without modules….
Hi Pooja, the theme that you are using doesn’t matter as I’m talking the data transfer from Google docs to WordPress. Anyway, thanks for reading the post.
This is really a good article for all the WordPress users, I have a simple question for you. Is this method is able to insert responsible images on our WordPress website or does this method insert a static size images, as per my experience with MS-Word the image size is always constant with the uploaded image via ms-word.
Just landed here from Mymagicfundas.com after reading a post there. I really don’t know about this awesome feature of google docs to wordpress. Will surely give it a try.
Good that you have arrived here from my other blog. Yes, you may try the step by step process explained in this post and let us know your experience.
If you face any problem when adding and authorizing your WordPress site, please reach me, I’ll help you.
Today i tried following each step and did my first publish from Google docs. Faced the following issues while doing it..
1. How to embed videos.
2. How to use headings h4 or h3- is there some short cut instead of manually doing it.
3. Update option is good – but then i will need to maintain the post on Google docs.
Over time i have actually forgotten WP it seems, any ways i will follow this again in my next post and then share feedback again.
Any ways – i went to post on WP and embedded the video on it… cool take care, learnt something new..