September 22nd, 2020
Web Stories bring a familiar full-screen, tappable story format to the wide audience of the web. Now it’s even easier for creators to create and publish Web Stories with the new Web Stories for WordPress plugin. We introduced the beta version of the plugin earlier this year, and after incorporating your feedback and adding features, it’s now available for everyone within the WordPress plugin directory.
The drag-and-drop interface makes it easy to get started in seconds. And for those who want to take full control of their stories, the plugin includes comprehensive visual editing capabilities, a re-envisioned visual media gallery, image masking, gradient editing, saved colors & styles and many more design features.
And since we’d like you to start with rich, high-quality media when designing a story, we’ve collaborated with Unsplash to make their extensive high-quality photo library just a click away, as well as Coverr, giving you high-quality, free stock video right from the editor.
The plugin also comes with fully designed templates to help you get started faster. And you can find resources and tips for creating a compelling Web Story on wp.stories.google, your home for the plugin.
You can download the plugin to your WordPress admin right now, and try it out. We’ll add more templates, stock media integrations and features in the near future. In addition, Web Stories for WordPress is open source and welcomes contributions from the community, whether directly to the code or requesting product features and enhancements. Tell us what you think in the plugin directory comments, and share what you make with us by Tweeting at us or tagging us on Instagram.
We’re encouraged to see the way Web Stories have already enabled creators to engage with their audiences in this more visual and engaging format, and we’re eager to see what this new format can do for WordPress and the web at large.