A popular feature of Google Apps Login Enterprise version has always been the ability to specify role mapping rules – so that members of different Google Groups can have different WordPress roles assigned to them.
The only problem was that some companies didn’t have relevant Google Groups already set up (e.g. for firstname.lastname@example.org to contain their Marketing team), but instead had their G Suite domain arranged around different Organizational Units to control access to various G Suite features.
Google recently rolled out ‘Team Drives’ to their G Suite business customers. One big problem for enterprises using Drive is that there is always one ultimate owner of any files shared within Drive. So popular files can be shared by employees, but if the owner happens to leave the company, or decides to reorganize their own ‘My Drive’, the files can be lost to everyone else.
Team Drives aim to overcome this by providing storage space completely outside of anyone’s ‘My Drive’, truly belonging to the organization rather than any individual.
Thousands of WordPress pages contain embedded Google Drive files and folders thanks to our Google Drive Embedder plugin. It’s easy to embed a file: when composing a post in WordPress, click our ‘Add Google File’ button to bring up a dialog box where you can search for the file or folder you want. That works well if you know how to search for the Drive file, but if you only know which folder it is in, it can be harder to find.
Check out our brand new video explaining more about our Google Drive Embedder plugin for WordPress!
You can now download a basic free version of our All-In-One Intranet plugin direct from the WordPress plugin directory!
Since launching All-In-One Intranet as a premium plugin – enabling you to instantly turn a WordPress installation into a corporate intranet – we have gained a number of happy customers, and some useful feedback. However, we have previously learned so much and gained such great exposure from releasing basic free versions of our other plugins that we decided it is now time to spread our newest plugin a bit further too.
It also feels great to be able to give something back for free to the open source WordPress community!
It’s a while since we launched the premium version of our Google Drive Embedder plugin, allowing you to embed Google Drive docs, files, and folders directly in your WordPress sites.
You can try out the free version of the plugin here, and it should prompt you when you stumble across scenarios that require you to upgrade to the premium version.
Anyway, to keep you fully in the loop, here is a roundup of some of the most important features now available only in the premium plugin.
Many of our customers use Google Apps Login for WordPress because it keeps their Google Apps accounts physically separate from their WordPress accounts, while still providing useful integrations between the two.
Your Google password is never sent to your WordPress server. So if your WordPress site has any security problems, your users’ Google accounts will still be safe.
However, some of our customers brought a challenge to us – can we do more to help users on shared computers? They might login to Gmail to check their email, and then click through Google Apps Login to be connected to their WordPress intranet. Having working on that site, they logout of WordPress and walk away from the computer – possibly having forgotten to logout of Google.
WordPress 3.8 has launched! Named after Jazz musician Charlie Parker, WordPress 3.8 boasts a ‘fresh, uncluttered design that embraces clarity and simplicity’.
The new version allows admins to tailor their dashboards to their personality with one of its eight colors. And easy-to-stack widgets make life much simpler for a WordPress admin.
This also ties in nicely with our own values: Google Apps Login for WordPress delivers efficiency and security for admins, and ease of use for all users.
We have released our version 1.2 to coincide with the latest WordPress release to ensure compatibly with WordPress 3.8 and also to work with multiuser sites (in sub directories).
To find out how your users can securely login to WordPress using Google to authenticate their account, and eliminate the need to manage WordPress user accounts separately from Google Apps domains, click here.