How can I embed Drive Folders in my website?
You will need to purchase either the premium or enterprise version of Google Drive Embedder from our website.
The Premium version will allow you to embed folders in a basic ‘iframe’ format.
For advanced ‘interactive’ folders, where users can preview files and drill-down into subfolders all without leaving your site, please take a look at the Enterprise version.
The Enterprise version of Google Drive Embedder integrates Drive much more closely with your WordPress intranet, essentially allowing each page or post on your intranet to host its own file attachments, completely backed by Drive folders.
This means you no longer need to manage Drive and your Intranet as two completely separate document sharing systems! Please see our video for a demonstration.
How does the plugin respect Google Drive sharing settings?
Google Drive Embedder will show different behavior depending on your document’s type and its sharing settings within Google Drive.
Generally, we recommend setting files’ Sharing settings to at least ‘anyone with the link can view’, in order for them to be visible to all visitors.
You can use lower sharing settings for Google documents (e.g. share only within the organization, or with specific users), but in that case you will need your users to be logged in to a Google account that is authorized to view the content (otherwise, they will be told they do not have permission).
When using ‘anyone with the link can view’, you must understand that any visitors to your WordPress site will be able to obtain that document’s link and potentially open the document outside of your WordPress site.
Do I need a G Suite (Google Apps) account or can I just use a free gmail.com account?
The Premium and free versions of Google Drive Embedder can be used with a free gmail.com account. Most Enterprise functionality will also work with a free gmail.com account except for anything that requires a ‘Service Account’. That means that the ‘base folder hierarchy’ cannot be created, and folders can only be embedded in ‘Drive’ mode – you cannot embed Controlled Folders in ‘Always’ mode so that the end user does not need a Google account of their own at all.
Please upgrade to a paid G Suite account to use any of the features mentioned above, and also to obtain more Drive storage space.
Why do I also need to install the Google Apps Login plugin?
The Google Drive Embedder plugin extends the Google Apps Login plugin, making use of that plugin’s settings rather than insisting that you register a new whole new application with Google for each plugin separately. For those of your users who choose to Login via Google to connect to your WordPress site, they only need to authenticate once to be able to browse their Google Drive through the Google Drive plugin, rather than having to click a second time to allow Drive access.
Because of this, the Google Drive Embedder plugin itself requires no configuration at all – that is delegated to Google Apps Login.
For Multisite Network, this means that admins can set up Google Apps Login network-wide, but safely defer the choice of activating any further plugins (which extend Google Apps Login) to individual site administrators.
You can use the basic free version – or the premium/enterprise versions – of Google Apps Login to power any version of the Drive plugin.