How to Embed Google Docs in Joomla

How to Embed Google Docs in JoomlaHow to Embed Google Docs in Joomla

Google Docs can be one of the trickiest things to embed in any website. The embed code is hard to use and can easily become corrupted.

With OSEmbed Pro Joomla extension, you can now embed Google Docs into your Joomla site with just a URL. This feature is so cool that it's not even available in WordPress, which is famous for easy embeds.


Here is how to do this.


Step #1. Install OSEmbed Pro


Step #2. Get the URL of your Google Document

  • Visit drive.google.com and open up the Google Document you want to embed in your Joomla site.
  • In the top right corner of your screen, click "Share":

click share

  • You will see the "Share with people and groups" white box, as shown in the image below. Click "Copy link":

You will see the share with people and groups white box. Click Copy link

  • Click inside the "Add people and groups" field. Type in it an email address of the person you would like to administer this Google Document in your Joomla site:

Click inside the add people and groups field and add an email address of the required person

  • Once you finished entering the email address, press the Enter key. You will see the address stored in the field with a cross icon. You will also notice the "Editor" button appeared to the right of the field, as you can see in the next image:

Email stored and the Editor button appeared

  • Enter more email addresses if required. Once finished, click the "Editor" button. You will see the "Viewer", "Commenter", and "Editor" levels of access, as shown in the next image. Click on the required access level. For this document, I clicked "Editor". To finish here, click "Send":

Click on the required access level and click Send

Excellent! You now:

  • Copied the link of your Google Document
  • Authorized required people to work on your Google Document.

Let's embed it inside your selected Joomla article.


Step #3. Add the Google Document URL to a Joomla article

  • In your Joomla administrator panel, open up a Joomla article where you would like to embed your Google Document.
  • Paste the Google URL you copied in the previous step inside the Joomla article. 

Copy the doc link in the article

Important: make sure that you see this URL as a plain text, not as a hyperlink. Your URL should look like the image above and not the image below. If you do, your Google Document won't get embedded and the frontend page of this Joomla article will display the URL in plain text instead:

not as hyperlink

  • Click "Save".
  • Make sure you stay logged into your Google Document account.
  • Visit the frontend on your Joomla site. You will see that your Joomla article displays the embed perfectly. You will also notice that you can edit your Google Document directly inside the frontend page of your Joomla article:

Google Document displayed on the frontend page of Joomla site and is editableKeep in mind, that those whom you authorized to administer your Google Document will be able to view, comment or edit it only if they are logged in their Google Document accounts. Otherwise they will see the "Can't Open This Page" error:

error message


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