If you’re a blogger, there’s a good chance that you use Google Docs frequently as it really helps in work collaboration and sending posts easily.
But, if you work full-time on WordPress theme customization websites and you have to deal with importing a massive amount of posts from Google Docs to Word Press then it becomes really annoying.
No need to worry now, because now you can import the posts directly from Google Docs while maintaining all the images and formatting tot the WordPress. All can be done just by clicking a single button.
Let’s have a detailed tutorial on how to import Google Docs content into the WordPress website in a customized way using Jetpack.
Step: 1 Installation and Activation of Jetpack
Here’s how you can get Jetpack installed and activated on your WordPress site.
Just click on the button or either does the following steps:
- Log in to your existing WordPress.com account.
- Create a WordPress.com account if you don’t already have one.
Jetpack will try to get you to pay on the next screen, but you can just continue with the free plan as well if you are not sure to go towards the premium plan right now.
It’s up to you whether or not you want to activate the recommended features. You know your desired needs and choices very well so just activate it accordingly. Personally, I’m only interested in the Google Docs import feature, so I’ll skip the rest unnecessary features.
Step: 2 Installation of WordPress and adding extension for Google Docs
On the next screen, give the add-on permission to run the Google Docs.
Then, give it permissions to use Google Docs (a window will pop up to give you an alert).
Now, you can navigate to Add-ons → WordPress.com for Google Docs → Open to open the interface.
You should see a new window pop up on the right side of your screen if all of your steps have been done correctly. Now, you need to authorize your WordPress site.
When you click that button, you should be redirected to a page where you can see all of your connected WordPress sites. Just choose the site that you want to give it access to and click Approve:
Finally, then log in to your WordPress theme customization website’s dashboard. And you should be done completely! Now, in Google Docs, you should see the ability to save your post as a draft to all of the WordPress sites you activated the feature on.
Step: 3 Importing to your wordpress website
Ok, now after so many authentication steps, create a draft with some header formatting, images, and links, and see if WordPress manages to properly import it.
It should look like this.
And when you click the Save Draft button, let’s see what happens.
So, start modifying the following:
Google Docs file name = Post title in WordPress
Google Docs body text / formatting = Body text in WordPress
It brings in links, formatting, and images perfectly. Any images you import from Google Docs will be automatically saved in your media library.
Best of all, you can also make more changes in Google Docs and then update the draft in WordPress.
Important to Remember that what does not gets imported
Ok, so this feature is really awesome and interesting, but it doesn’t cover absolutely everything. There are still a few formatting options you’ll need to handle manually. Here’s the list to remember the important points, so you may be careful next time while doing importing.
- Alt tags on images. Alt-tags are a basic on-page SEO practice. With this import method, you’ll have to go back and add them manually.
- Make external links open in a new window.If you make your external links go to new windows, you’ll need to manually add that attribute.
- Add no-follow tags. Same deal for adding no-follow tags to links.
- If there is any shortcode in your posts except the static shortcodes then it won’t also help to copy directly to the WordPress theme customization website and you have to do any alternative method