Embed Google Docs in WordPress.com Blogs Using a Shortcode

Google Docs is an online word processing solution and one of the most popular methods of sharing and managing documents across people and teams. Since you’re able to access files and edit text in real time from nearly any device that supports a web browser, it’s the perfect solution for team-oriented professionals on the go.

As a WordPress.com user, you may be interested to learn how to embed Google Docs in WordPress posts to share information or resources with your audience. Here’s an easy way to do just that with a simple shortcode.

First, access your Google Drive…

The first step in the process is to retrieve the document link from your Drive. Here’s how:

  1. Log in to your Google account and open your Google Drive
  2. Find the document you’d like to publish
  3. Click File
  4. Select Publish to the Web
  5. Click Start Publishing
  6. Copy the link

Before you go to the next phase, check your Doc’s sharing permissions. Click the Share button in the upper right-hand corner of the document, then click Advanced. If it’s set to private, click Change, then select either On — Anyone with the Link or On — Public on the Web.

…Then, go to your WordPress.com Website

The next step is to add the link to the desired post or page on your site.

  1. Log in to your WordPress.com website.
  2. Find the post or page where you’d like to embed your Google Doc.
  3. Paste the document link into the content editor.
  4. Update or publish your page or blog post — that’s it!

As you can see, it’s pretty simple for you or any WordPress.com users on your team to embed Google Docs in WordPress.com. Now you can quickly and easily share documents with your audience. And best of all, whenever you edit the text, the updates will automatically reflect in the embedded version as well.


Carrie Dagenhard

Carrie is an old school, gumshoe journalist trapped in a modern content marketer's body. She specializes in writing for the marketing, technology and healthcare industries, and loves helping bloggers and small business owners grow their presence online. Carrie resides in the "Silicon Hills" of Austin, TX with her husband and two adorable cats.

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