Google Web Stories WordPress Plugin Officially Published

September 23, 2020
Google Web Stories WordPress Plugin Officially Published

Google Web Stories WordPress Plugin Officially Published

Google published that their Web Stories WordPress plugin is out of beta and available at the WordPress Plugin Repository. This plugin makes it simple for WordPress publishers to make content in the Google Web Stories design, empowering publishers to draw in more traffic.

The plugin was already accessible at GitHub as a beta version. It is now available as a full WordPress plugin.

Be Seen in More Places on Google

Web Stories is an approach to utilize existing content to make short form content that can be “snacked” on quickly. That is why the format is called Web Stories.

Content that is in the Web Story format can be seen at the top of the regular Google Search. But there are chances to be seen elsewhere.

Google shows content in the Web Story design in the following spots:

  • Google Search
  • Google Images
  • Google Discover
  • Google App

Web Stories WordPress Plugin Simplifies the Format

There are numerous fussy requirements for how content should be arranged for Web Stories. For instance, videos should be oriented in a vertical and not horizontal format.

Moreover the minimum text size must be 24 pixels and each Web Stories page should be no longer than 200 characters.

Who has the time to remember all that, correct?

Google’s Web Stories WordPress plugin makes it simpler to make a Web Storries, without reading a manual.

The new plugin includes a drag and drop interface and templates to make it simple to make web stories.

Google has additionally made a partnership with stock images and video suppliers to make free pictures and videos available to plugin users.

According to Google:

“…we’ve collaborated with Unsplash to make their extensive high-quality photo library just a click away, as well as Coverr, giving you high-quality, free stock video right from the editor.

We’ll add more templates, stock media integrations and features in the near future.”

These are the Web Stories WordPress plugin features:

“…make the production of stories as easy as possible from a technical perspective.

The Web Stories format comes with preset but flexible layout templates, standardized UI controls, and components for sharing and adding follow-on content.

…can be shared and embedded across sites and apps without being confined to a single ecosystem.

Supports analytics and bookend capabilities for viral sharing and monetization.

Web Stories enable monetization capability for publishers using affiliate links.”

Web Stories WordPress Plugin Requirements

Google’s Web Stories WordPress plugin requires a minimum WordPress Version of 5.3.1. It also requires a minimum PHP version of 5.6.

Those are humble requirements that should be in reach of the vast majority of active WordPress publishers.

The Web Stories WordPress plugin is now accessible at the WordPress plugin repository for download. But it can also be more effectively installed through your WordPress administrator dashboard through the Plugin administrator page.

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Web Stories Citations

Google’s WordPress Plugin Announcement

What are Google Web Stories?

Web Stories for WordPress Page

Web Stories WordPress Plugin Repository

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