How to Create Awesome Web Stories For Your WordPress Site

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

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The digital world moves fast. If you take your foot off the pedal for even a short time, it’s amazing to see how much things can change in such a short period of time. This is what makes website development and management such an exciting industry to be a part of, there is always something new to learn and adapt to.

This article will explain how to create awesome web stories for your WordPress Site. If you don’t know what WordPress stories are yet, we’ll also briefly explain what they are and why they’re good for your site. Now that you’re up to date with what this article is about, let’s get started.

What are Web Stories?

If you’re on some of the big social media platforms, you’ll be well aware what a ‘story’ is. A story is a time limited piece of media that updates the viewer on what the person or business who creates the story is doing. They can be in multiple formats like video, images, and text. Stories have proven to be extremely popular and a valuable tool for people to utilise on their social media accounts. But until now, stories have been limited to social media. This has now changed for people with WordPress websites.

Using Google Web Stories, the same format from social media sites can be used on websites for audiences outside of social media. By using a WordPress plugin called Web Stories for WordPress, it’s extremely straightforward to add a story to your website. Importantly as well, a web story can appear in Google search results. This has big implications on SEO and can be a valuable tool to improve SEO rankings and traffic to a site.

How to Create Awesome Web Stories For Your WordPress Site

WordPress web stories is a relatively new addition to a web master’s arsenal, having come into existence at the start of May 2020. This means that there is still room to grow, develop, and improve the plugin, but as things stand it’s a great system that will only improve with time. Below we’ve outlined the steps needed to create a web story.

1: Install Web Stories Plugin

You will have to install the web stories plugin from the Google Web Stories plugin page, instead of the WordPress directory. This is because it is still in beta. Once you are on this page, there is a button that says, ‘get the plugin’, clicking this will begin the process by downloading a zip file onto your computer.

From here, go to your WordPress dashboard, select Plugins, and then click on, ‘Add New’. Then you’ll see an option to ‘Upload Plugin’, at the top of the page. Once you click on this you can choose the downloaded file from a popup window and click on the ‘Install Now’ button. Once the file has been loaded into WordPress, simply click activate, and you’ll be ready to create stories.

2: Create Web Stories In WordPress

Now that you have the plugin installed, you’re able to begin creating Web Stories that can help your website get more traffic and a wider audience. Below we’ve written out how to create your first story.

In the dashboard click on the Stories section, then select ‘Add New’. Doing this opens up the story editor. On the left hand side there will be three tabs. Experiment by putting images, text, and shapes on top of each other to create the messaging you want to publish. When you are happy with it, select publish. Then you are ready for the next step.

3: Add The Story to WordPress

You have created and published your story, which just leaves adding it to your WordPress site as the last step to take. 

Navigate to any post or page that is already live and that you want the story to be visible on, then add the Web Story block to that page. You need to add a URL into this story block, which can be found by clicking on the ‘Preview’ button within the Web Story editor. From here you copy the URL and paste it into the story block.

Congratulations, you’ve just added a story to your website!

Effectively using Web Stories can be a great way to improve the SEO and traffic coming to your site. As the plugin is still in beta, there is some development still to go, which means that improvements will keep on coming.