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Twice as Long

It seem everything takes twice as long as it should.

 

I have an interest in writing in Google Docs, but need to publish on my WordPress website. That process is clumsy and causes formatting issues.

A bit of Google research shows a simple add-on to Google Docs called Publish to WordPress that does all the configuring and translating in the background to convert a document from Docs to WordPress. How cool is that?

No need for copy and paste, then spending time re-formating,inserting pictures, etc. Just write, add pictures, format, then click Publish Post or Save Draft. Should be easy peasy. The only requirement is to have JetPack installed and an account to log into. Got it.

Or maybe not

Installing the Add-On was straightforward and went off without a hitch. Adding the first website was as easy as I thought.

In authorizing my main website, I got an error message. As I normally do, I copied it over to Google to see what the issue was and how to fix it. Nothing. Not a single hit for the error message.

Okay, let’s go to the Publish to WordPress website to search. It took several searches before finding the add-on was by Plugmatter. I read all through the home page a few times with nothing jumping out as a potential problem. Then I noticed an FAQ section to check out.

One sentence, “make sure JSON API is enabled” caught my eye. Further digging says it is enabled by default. Yeah, right. More Google to figure out how to check this in Jetpack to make sure it is enabled. I found that information quickly.

BINGO

Well, you guessed it. It was not enabled on this website. The instructions didn’t mention how to activate it, but that was an easy mouse click.

Back to Google Docs to try again … Success.

I am writing this in Google Docs, formatting it, and have added a picture with wrapped text. Now to see how it works in real life. Now to click Save Draft.

IN WORDPRESS

Publish to WordPress ScreenshotDid it work? Not so much. Picture alignment is off and I can’t get the text to wrap to the right. The bold and italics didn’t come over and neither did the heading 2 formatting. The font size was the same in Google Docs, but changes in WordPress. I am disappointed in the results. The code is bloated and difficult to navigate. Fixing all the issues would be easier to just start over.

Since the add-on is free, there seems to be no support, so there you have it. I guess I’ll keep looking.

Has your experience been different? Let me know. Where do you write? In WordPress or in another program, then publish on WordPress?

A Closer Look at Google Web Applications

Most people are familiar with Google’s Gmail application. It is lightweight, easy to use, and accessible from any computer with an Internet connection. It has redefined the word webmail for those of us using it daily. Some reasons: Conversation mode, search, and labels are a few of the tools that make it the killer web-application for most businesses.

Gmail might be the application that launched Google into the web software business, but is certainly wasn’t the last. With more than a baker’s dozen of applications, Google has jumped into this market completely. A few applications overlap with the Zoho list from yesterday, but others are solely Google’s.

Here is the list for Google.

  1. Search—Web search toolGoogle Search
  1. Docs—Feature-rich word processor
  2. Spreadsheets—Fully functioning spreadsheetGDocsandSheets
  3. Gmail—Webmail done rightGmail
  4. Calendar—Calendar on steroidsGCalendar
  5. Page Creator—Web-page creator
  6. Notebook—Collect all your web “stuff” into one place
  7. Desktop—Local search, including network drives
  8. Picasa—Photo software + web photosPicasa
  9. Blogger—Free blogging software
  10. Groups—Water cooler gathering placeGGroups
  11. Web Alerts—See what’s said about your company on the web
  12. Reader—Bring the web to youGReader
  13. Maps—Find an address and get directions
  14. Chat—Real-time communication

The more you look at the features of this new breed of online software applications, the more you see the value. They are very robust and combined with other packages, make up a comprehensive collection of business software. The best part … the cost. All of these Google applications are free to use, even for a company.

I use many of these daily, and find them more than adequate for business use. The newest application I use is Google Alerts. I have set up searches for my name, company, and product lines. Google scours the Internet, gathers every instance of matching criteria and sends me an email with links and brief descriptions of the articles. This keeps me in touch with what is said about me or the company, allowing me to respond or ignore at my discretion.

Are you starting to feel overwhelmed with the choices out there, just waiting for your company to try? First, determine what company processes can benefit from the advantages of online software. Second, run a limited, controlled test with the application to make sure it is capable of doing the job. Third, put together an implementation plan for bringing the application to the rest of the employees.

Next, I’ll show you how the products from Zoho and Google map to your current products. It will give you a better picture of which applications you want to look at first.

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