Uploading your Google Docs file to WordPress used to be a chore. It’s hard enough to come up with good blog ideas, write them efficiently, and edit your work (and possibly that of other writers).
Usually it’d be as easy as copying and pasting your text from your Google Doc to the WordPress visual editor. But when you do that all you find is formatting issues galore.
Then you have to spend an extra couple of hours tediously re-formatting the blog post you’ve already written in your Google Doc for the WordPress website. What nonsense.
Luckily, there’s a solution. This post will outline how you can save hours and upload your Google Doc to WordPress in 5 simple steps. We’ll also outline some alternative ways to go about it if you don’t plan on checking out Wordable (we’ve got a free trial, though, so there are no risks or downsides).
Let’s just dive in.
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Sign Up for a Wordable Account
First thing’s first: go to wordable.io and click “Start Free Trial.”
Sign up should only take a few moments. You’ll be asked to authenticate your account using Google, and then you’ll have to set up a WordPress property connection. All of this should take a very short amount of time.
Connect Your Website to Wordable
The first step is to download our WordPress plugin and add it to your website.
This is how you’ll connect your site to Wordable.
Next, login to your WordPress site and upload the plugin:
Then, connect your website to Wordable under the plugin’s settings:
And if you’ve connected it properly, you should see a screen that says: “Yoursite.com is now connected!”
Find Your Draft in the “Documents” Section
Once you’ve got things set up, you should be able to find your Google Docs draft in the “Documents” section of the Wordable dashboard. For the purposes of this demonstration, let’s use the top post, on “72+ Blog Tools.”
Before you do anything regarding uploading your Google Doc file to the WordPress site, you’ll want to give it a final sweep over in your Google Docs account. Make sure it’s fully formatted and edited in Google Docs before moving forward.
Click “Export” and Start Uploading Your Document
Now, add the Google Doc file to your new folder. OR, search for the document name, select the “Export” option, and you’re basically done!
Once the document is finished uploading, you should be able to click on the draft link to preview it on your WordPress site and make sure everything looks good before you schedule or publish the WordPress blog post.
The great part is that it keeps all your original formatting including the header tag, bold and bullets. Even the images will be saved to your WordPress media library.
Do One Final Sweep and Click “Publish”
Everything looks good. Now, before publishing, make sure you do a final sweep. Wordable lets you upload the Google Doc to WordPress, but you still may want to tweak some HTML or add a Category type or a tag. All of this can be done relatively quickly from the WordPress dashboard using the “edit” function:
If you use a tool like Yoast, you’ll need to add all of that information in as well.
No matter what, it always helps to measure twice and cut once. Do a QA check, and click “publish.” You’re live! That was easy, right?
Other Ways to Upload Google Docs to WordPress
What are the alternatives to using Wordable to upload your Google Doc to WordPress?
Well, there’s the old school way. It looks like this:
- Write your draft in Google Docs.
- Do all editing there and format using proper headlines and font styling.
- Create “new post” in the WordPress editor.
- Copy and Paste your draft there
- Go into “edit” mode and fix every strange quirk that occurred in Copy + Pasting
- Do a final sweep, QA, and publish the WordPress post.
The time it takes to do that is a few hours. The time it takes to upload using Wordable is less than five minutes.
Other possible solutions? Zapier has a connection between Google Docs and WordPress, but it’s not very suitable for publishers. You could technically create a Zap to create a new post whenever you have a new draft in Google Docs. But that assumes finality to your draft. What if you want to add, remove, or change content? Tough. So it’s not the best solution for someone operating content production at scale.
That’s it. Easy, right?!
No more wasting time importing images, fussing with headers, and dealing with other formatting issues. If you publish often, it will save you hours every month.
Then the only thing left to do is to figure out how you’re going to spend all of that time you just saved!
Ready to get started? Go ahead andtry it out right now.