Leveling up your WordPress game can be a tough feat. It can be even tougher if you’re new to the whole WordPress world. Adding a Google Slides presentations in WordPress gives it an interactive and visually appealing charm. It’s also a quick way to elevate and showcase your content in quick snippets and give your presentation a more professional look.
Before we dive into the ways on how you can do this, make sure that your presentations are ready for publishing first. Here are a few questions to ask yourself before publishing your presentation:
- Is the presentation free of spelling errors?
- Are the texts grammatically correct?
- Is the content appropriate for my WordPress?
- Will this help share my content with my visitors?
- Does the design of the presentation go with the overall aesthetic of my WordPress?
Teasers and snippets of your content are great on Google Slide presentations. Infographics and visual art are also a great addition to your WordPress.
If you’re not sure about designing techniques, looking for free PowerPoint templates will be a great start. It’ll help you visualize what aesthetic you’re going for and the premade slides will also give you more time to focus on your content.
When you’re finally sure that your presentation is ready for your viewers, it’s time to show it to the world! Let’s learn how we can do this with WordPress.
Plugins and Visual Editor
Beginners will find this to be the easier method of the two. If you’re a beginner, definitely consider trying this method first before checking out the next one.
You will be needing the Google Docs oEmbed plugin for this method so go ahead and install that first.
Remember that when you’re installing plugins to your WordPress, use WordPress.org. You won’t be able to see the plugins menu if you’re using WordPress.com.
The plugin works as soon as you download it. There are no complicated settings that you need to configure to make it work.
You will also need the shareable URL of your Google Slides presentation. This is a very important element if you want to embed your presentation.
You can find your URL by going to your presentation in Google Slides and clicking on File. You’ll see Publish to the web in the drop-down options.
Once you click this, a popup will appear on your screen. This shows you the slideshow settings where you can configure things like “Start the slideshow as soon as the player loads” and “Restart the slideshow after the last slide.”
You’ll also be able to choose how long to view each slide. Make sure to pause for a moment and think about this. If your content is a little longer, then make sure that your reader isn’t rushing to read it. Give them ample time to absorb it.
Clicking on the Publish button will bring up a popup that asks you to confirm the action. Click on the OK button to permit sharing your presentation.
You’ll be able to see the URL of your presentation. This is the URL that we’ll be using to embed your presentation in your WordPress.
Copy this URL and go back to the admin area of your WordPress.
To add the URL to your WordPress, proceed to edit your post or page. Determine where you want to display the presentation in your WordPress.
In the post editor, paste the URL of your Google Slide presentation. It’s very important to note that your URL should be on a separate line. Don’t let it be connected with anything else.
Using the Visual editor will instantly show your presentation in the editor. If you’re more of a visual person, this might be a good option for you.
If you don’t have any more changes, you can proceed to publish your content. Just click on the Publish or Update button to save all of your changes.
Voila! You now have your Google Slide Presentation in your WordPress!
Your presentation will appear with a banner that contains your Google Slides presentation. To be able to adjust this, you’ll need to wrap the URL around an embed shortcode.
This is a pre-written code for this purpose. You can play with the values until it suits what you’re going for. Your Google Slide presentation must look professional so make sure that the aesthetics of the presentation fits your WordPress.
Embed code and Text Editor
This method can be a little more challenging than the first one.
One advantage of this method is that you won’t be needing a plugin. If you’re having trouble installing the plugin, then this is a great alternative for you.
Unfortunately, this is a longer process. It’s not recommended to use this method if you constantly change or add Google Slide presentations to your WordPress.
We’ll be needing your presentation’s URL again for this method.
Go to your Google Slide presentation and click on File to access the drop-down options. Click the Publish to the web option to bring up the popup.
It will show you the same options as listed in the first method. Just click the Publish button to give Google slides the permission to make your presentation available for viewing.
Once you’ve done that, head over to the Embed tab. You’ll see the embed code in the text box. Copy that and proceed to your WordPress admin area.
Proceed to edit the post or page where you want to place your Google Slides presentation.
I’ve got bad news for the users who use Visual editor. You’re going to have to use Text editor for this one.
Proceed to paste the code that you copied to your editor. Just click save or update your post/page and you’re good to go!
Make sure to visit your website to see if the Google Slides presentation is properly embedded. This will also give you a chance to see if it’s in the right spot or not.
It’s important to note that you shouldn’t switch from the Text editor to the Visual editor while doing this. If you switch to the Visual editor after adding your embed code, it will only appear as plain text instead of your Google Slides presentation.
Adding Google Slide presentations to your WordPress is a quick and fun way to up your game. You’ll look professional and will bring your quality content to the immediate attention of your visitors.
Don’t get intimidated by all of the codes and plugins. It may look daunting at first but you’ll get the hang of it.
Now go and show the world your awesome Google Slides presentations in WordPress!