How to Embed Google Docs in WordPress

With EmbedPress, you can add Google Docs to WordPress, using just a URL.

Google Docs is an enormously popular service that has replaced Microsoft Office for many companies. Using Google Docs can bring your documents to life with live writing and editing tools.

Google Docs embeds are possible, but they’re not easy to use via normal methods. EmbedPress is different. With EmbedPress, you don’t have to mess around with the embed code. All you need is the Google Docs URL.

Here’s how to embed any Google Docs into your WordPress site, using the EmbedPress plugin.

Step #1. Install the EmbedPress plugin

EmbedPress is a very helpful plugin that expands and improves on WordPress’ capabilities. Install EmbedPress and your WordPress site will have far more powerful media options. Click here to find EmbedPress on WordPress.org.

Step #2. Set up your Google Docs

Before you can embed your Google Docs into WordPress, you need to make sure that it is published and visible for the public.

  • Log in to Google Docs and access the document you want to publish.
  • Go to “File”, then “Publish to the web”.
Using the Publish to Web tab in Google Docs
  • Click the blue “Publish” button, as in the image below:
Using the Publish to web tab in Google Docs
  • Next, click “OK” on the next screen:
Google Docs, are you sure you want to publish screen
  • Google will now give you a URL for the document. Copy this URL.
Getting the URL for a Google Docs embed in WordPress

Before you go any further, let’s check that your URL can be embedded on other sites:

  • Your URL should end in /pubhtml
  • Paste the URL into a different browser where you aren’t logged into Google. Can you still see the doc? If you can’t, then the Google Doc hasn’t been correctly published to the web.

Step #3. Publish your WordPress Google Docs embed

Now you have the Google Docs URL, you can add it to WordPress.

  • Go to your WordPress site.
  • Edit a post or page.
  • Click the + icon in the top-left corner of editing area.
Add a Google Docs embed in WordPress
  • Search for the “Google Docs” block in the “EmbedPress” area:
Choosing a Google Docs embed block in WordPress
  • Enter the URL for your Google Doc:
Enter the URL for a Google Docs embed in WordPress
  • Click the “Embed” button and you’ll now see your Google Docs embed:
Viewing a Google Docs embed in the WordPress editor
  • Publish your WordPress content, and your Google doc will be embedded, as in the image below:
Viewing a Google Docs embed in WordPress

Step #4. Edit your WordPress Google Docs embed

While editing your WordPress content, you can also edit your embed, thanks to EmbedPress.

  • Hover over the embed, and an pencil icon will appear. This icon will show “Edit URL” if you hover over it.
  • Click the pencil and you will be able to edit your embed:
Edit a Google Docs embed in WordPress

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