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Friendly usernames for auto-created WordPress users

Our Google Apps Login Premium and Enterprise plugins allow all users with an email address in an organization’s Google Apps domain to log in to the WordPress site with one click. If the user doesn’t have an account in WordPress already, one is automatically created based on their Google profile information – taking their first name and last name, for example. The plugin needs to generate a unique WordPress username, so the simplest thing is for it to use the email address as the username directly. This ensures it is unique – but an email address can be long and cumbersome as a username when used throughout the site.
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Google API Changes – our plugins will not be affected!

Google has emailed some of our users to remind them that a selection of their old APIs are to be deprecated on 20th April 2015. Users of all our Google Apps plugins for WordPress – Google Apps Login, Google Drive Embedder, etc – can rest assured that we migrated to the new versions of all of Google’s APIs a long time ago, so their service will not be affected.
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Using Google profile photos on a BuddyPress site

Update – we have now built the BuddyPress extension right into the full version of Google Profile Avatars. If you are using BuddyPress and Google Profile Avatars but aren’t seeing Google profile photos throughout your site, please get in touch to ask for version 1.1 of the plugin.

We provide a small plugin extension called Google Profile Avatars that takes your users’ Google profile photos and substitutes them in place of the user’s WordPress avatar pictures throughout your site. That brings an easy level of personalization to the site, and saves users having to upload a photo directly – which they often won’t take the time to do anyway.
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Allowing only some employee Groups to access your WordPress intranet

Many customers use our Google Apps Login Enterprise version to restrict access to their WordPress intranet so that, not only is it inaccessible to non-employees, but certain groups of employees should have different WordPress roles, and perhaps some employees should not have access at all.
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Bring the power of Google Drive to your employees without them even knowing!

How Flat Branch uses Google Drive Embedder Enterprise version to bring the power of Google Drive to its employees – without them even realizing they have learnt how to use it!

Flat Branch Home Loans simplifies home buying for thousands of Americans each year by ensuring its 100+ staff members work closely together to deliver a seamless service.

Their WordPress-based intranet is central to ensuring their entire staff base – covering 14 offices in the state of Missouri alone – operates as a tight-knit community.
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Video explaining Google Drive embedding

Check out our brand new video explaining more about our Google Drive Embedder plugin for WordPress!
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Africare uses Google Apps Login for WordPress to connect staff across continents

Africare is a leading US non-profit working to improve the lives of the people in Africa. Founded in 1970, and now employing over 1,200 people in 17 African countries, their international staff need to communicate and work together efficiently.

During a recent revamp of their public-facing website, they realized that moving the site over to the WordPress platform presented an opportunity to incorporate new knowledge management systems for staff and donors – right into their web presence at africare.org.
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Google Drive – how a file can belong in multiple folders at once

There is a useful trick in Google Drive whereby you can allow a file to appear in multiple folders at the same time. This means that any changes made to the file within one folder will be reflected immediately in the others – because it is exactly the same file, not a duplicate in any way. This is handy if the hierarchy of your Drive means that a file really does belong in more than one place if you expect users to be able to find it.
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Standardizing your company workflow using Google Forms

Many of our customers use Google Apps alongside a WordPress intranet, and we’ve heard from a lot of them recently about the benefits of using both these systems together. Below is an example explaining how some customers are using Google Forms in their intranets to standardize their processes and make things quicker and easier for their staff.
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Embedding Google Spreadsheets with more control over appearance

A great feature of Google Apps is the ability to embed live spreadsheets in your website, updating automatically whenever your spreadsheet changes.

However, you aren’t allowed much control over the appearance of your spreadsheet – which can be inconvenient if you want to direct viewers to a particular part of the sheet.

Fortunately, there are a few undocumented ways to add a tiny bit more control to the way your spreadsheets appear. You can embed a single sheet and restrict the display to only a rectangle within it.
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Google Apps Login is trusted by thousands of organizations from small businesses to NASDAQ-listed companies and government organizations.

Users click their way through Login via Google (just one click after the first time)

Users click their way through Login via Google (just one click after the first time)


You can try it out by clicking below to auto-create a test account on this site! This will show you the basic Google login process.
Try out Google login

Logging in is only the start – Google Apps Login takes care of all your WordPress user management. Find out more here.

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