Connecting Google Drive to WordPress
Google Drive is a free cloud storage service that provides easy sharing of photos and documents.
10:46 29 October 2020
If you are using WordPress to manage a website, Google Drive is one of the most common ways to organise content. Because Google Drive allows you to store files that can be shared with colleagues and friends, it is also an efficient way to manage content for WordPress.
Why Google Drive?
The benefits of using Google Drive aren’t limited to free storage and real-time feedback. Aside from document creation, it also offers
- Live chat and group hangouts for collaboration
- Project management application integration (Slack, Trello, Basecamp)
- Voice typing
- Google Forms for questionnaires and surveys
- WordPress backup
- Google Calendar embedding
- Revision tracking
Google Drive is at the top of rankings because of its accessibility and functionality. If you are managing a website through WordPress, you will find that integrating Google Docs cuts back on a substantial amount of frustration and time.
How to Connect
The easiest way to connect Google Drive to WordPress is through an external plugin. These can be added directly through WordPress and minimize the number of steps needed to import content.
There a few different recommended plugins that simplify the process of connecting Google Drive to WordPress.
External Media plugin
The External Media plugin allows you to connect to a variety of external storage platforms, with Google Drive being one of them. It creates a pop-up box, that allows you to select documents from your drive to embed as a post or in a page.
This plugin also requires you to install the Google Apps Login plugin alongside it. This allows public websites, such as WordPress, to access your Google Drive and download its files.
Another popular plugin is WordPigeon. WordPigeon eliminates the hassle of copying and pasting from Google Docs into WordPress. It doesn’t require any coding, keeps your images, and maintains formatting.
After downloading the plugin, you are able to connect with Google Drive and drag-and-drop documents directly into WordPress.
Filetrip is a useful plugin for when you want to backup files from WordPress into your Google Drive. The plugin automatically sends copies of WordPress documents into destinations of your choice, such as Google Drive and Dropbox.
While this plugin is beneficial for managing content, it does not allow you to move content from Google Drive into WordPress.
Drivr is yet another external plugin that makes the process of connecting Google Drive to WordPress easier. After installing, you can insert images, videos, and audio into WordPress using a drag-and-drop navigation.
A unique aspect of Drivr is the ability to insert images directly into WordPress’s visual editor. This plugin is great for media conversion but not as effective for document imports.
Using Google Drive with WordPress
After installing one of the above plugins, you will have the ability to utilize Google Drive as a tool for content creation.
Creating new blog posts and pages becomes efficient and instantaneous when you stop having to worry about potential formatting errors, slow load times, and backup reminders. By connecting Google Drive with your WordPress you will not only minimize the amount of work needed to uploading content but also provide an outlet for collaborative app integration!
Author: Meghan is working with Deepak Shukla and a content writer at Pearl Lemon who has written on a diversity of topics, from colored diamonds to SEO software. In her spare time, she enjoys singing, sketching, cooking, and video games.