Why I absolutely love how practical this is; using Google Docs to manage web page content.
I keep saying to myself; “How cool is this? I update a Google Doc and my website is updated…” It’s absolutely great! And here is why…
#1 – Simple changes are super fast
Need to make a minor change to your website? If you are using a Cloud Snippet all you need to do is go to Google Docs and update the doc. Bam! Done. Super fast.
#2 – You want someone else to do it
Suppose you run a small business and you don’t have time to do everything. So you get a part time assistant that you want to update a page on your website. And suppose that person isn’t the most savvy when it comes to learning how to use tools to update a website. Use a Cloudward Cloud Snippet to publish a specific Google Doc to a specific page, and share it with your assistant. Awesome!
#3 – You want someone to update a webpage but you don’t want to give them your passwords
Perhaps you barely know your new assistant, or perhaps your assistant is your mother. Bottom line is that you don’t want to share your password. In either case, the solution is the same as above. Use a Cloud Snippet and share the doc. Bam!
#4 – You want to delegate
Suppose you run a small business and you don’t have time to do everything.
#5 – The shoe is on the other foot
You are involved in a local non profit and they want you to update a few pages on their website. Last thing you need is to remember more passwords and stuff. You can create a Cloud Snippet in your account, with your Google Doc to update the content; and send them the Snippet Code to paste on the pages you are supposed to update. From that point on, just update the Google Doc and Bam!
#6 – A group of people need to update the same website
Same scenario but more people involved? Let’s say you are part of a non profit with different committees. And each committee has a page on the website that needs to get updated. Create a snippet for each page and a corresponding Google Doc. Share those Docs with the correct person, and BAM! How cool is that? Everyone updates what they need to and not everyone needs access to the web admin tools.
#7 – Sharing the doc and getting help
I’m writing this very blog post in Google Docs. Thats cool. And I am going to post it on a blog that’s a snippet. Cool as well. After I do my draft, I will share my Google Doc with someone else to help me proof read the post – then make it public. All in Google Docs and Sheets.
#8 – Going Mobile?
Google Docs already has mobile editors for Android and iOS devices. You can update your doc on the fly or start a new blog post. Just like I’m editing this post right now.
#9 – My mom can do it
My mom uses Google Docs.
#10 – One doc many pages
If you need to publish the same content on many web pages or websites you can use a Cloud Snippet to syndicate that doc and keep it up to date everywhere. You can paste your snippet code on as many pages as you want and it works. Awesome yet again!
#11 – Even YouTube!
I can even embed YouTube videos into my Google Docs and Cloudward Snippets will process them. I just take the embed code from YouTube and add a Cloudward EASE Tag # youtube where the / iframe is.
Here is the embed code:
Change the tags like this…
And it works… like so!
The bottom line
This is so easy, anyone can manage it.
For myself I used to blog a lot. But I fell off the bandwagon years ago because I hated logging on to the website tools to post the blog. I had ideas to share, but I just wasn’t that motivated to go through the extra steps. So I would write and write… usually in Google Docs, but stopped publishing. This is so much easier.
For me, using Cloud Snippets and Google docs to manage web pages is just about the coolest thing ever!
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