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WordPress integrates Google Docs to enable ‘collaborative’ editing

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Google Docs add-on for WordPress sites

WordPress has moved one step ahead in the race of content management systems by adding Google Docs integration into its web platform. The team behind the leading blogging engine has developed a new add-on to bring a “collaborative” editing experience.

The add-on, called WordPress.com for Google Docs, can work with any WordPress.com or Jetpack-connected WordPress site. This new solution helps bloggers carry over images and most formatting from Google Docs — without any copy-and-paste action.

“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,” the WordPress team describes the new development.

How to use WordPress.com for Google Docs

To begin the advanced experience, you need to install the WordPress.com for Google Docs add-on from the Google Web Store page and then grant the plugin access to add text and images from your Docs account.

Once the access is granted, you can proceed by going to WordPress.com for Google Docs from the Add-ons menu. You will find a sidebar that allows you to select your WordPress.com or Jetpack-connected site.

The movement you add your site, you can start adding content directly from your Google Docs account. You just need to click on the ‘Save Draft’ option from the sidebar to save the draft on your WordPress site. Furthermore, you can hit the ‘Publish’ button after making necessary changes in the saved draft to make your content live.

Open source offering

To give developers the access to the technology behind the new add-on, the WordPress team has released its code on GitHub. The online repository shows how the add-on leverages Google’s Script Editor to enable integration between WordPress.com and Google Docs.