22 Comments

  1. Marcus Tibesar

    I don’t trust Google. They have a long history of losing interest, and sunsetting their products leaving users high & dry. The Story Editor UI appears complex, as I don’t even know what “layers” are. It’s wait and see for me…

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  2. Girish

    Hey Marcus,

    Check out Makestories.io and the tool at https://beta.makestories.io . It is the most advanced tool ever for stories and maintained by a team of people who love to create no code tools. Check it out.

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  3. Marc

    How can it have 10k+ active installations when the all time downloads counter shows 7,525? Is that a bug?

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    • Matthew Harris

      I suppose people could be cloning it from GitHub or installing it from copying a local copy?

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    • Pascal Birchler

      Not a bug! We’ve had a long beta period where many people were already trying out the plugin.

      They downloaded the beta version from our site, which means these numbers are not reflected on WordPress.org.

      Still, thanks to the WordPress update checks counting active installations regardless of where a plugin was downloaded from, it’s possible to have more active installations than downloads from WordPress.org.

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  4. Jelena Stojanović

    That’s why some cool people came to idea to make StorifyMe, it works perfectly and has a great impact on revenue and customer experience!

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  5. Matthew Harris

    When I go to the marketing site for it, https://wp.stories.google/ and try out the button at the end (view the story) on desktop, in Chrome, on Mac, it loads up and i can use it to go through and loop around, but there doesn’t seem to be any way to escape it again? No close button, clicking the background doesn’t work. Can’t see any issues about it on github. I’m confused if I’m missing something or their main website is broken.

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    • Pascal Birchler

      Hey Matt, by clicking on “View the Story” you visited a regular webpage (that happens to be a story). Just like any other webpages, you can hit the browser’s back button to get to where you were before.

      We’ll consider opening the story there in a modal or something, but it’s definitely not broken.

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  6. Sofia Shrestha

    I tried to use web stories plugin yesterday. But, I found it confusing. I am in doubt that how would it come to Google stories by only publishing on website? Google need to know there is something new with a sitemap or something similar!!

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    • Pascal Birchler

      Since version 5.5, WordPress has a built-in XML sitemap. Any newly published content will automatically be in that sitemap — including any web stories you create! The same goes for XML sitemaps added by plugins like Yoast SEO.

      Another way for crawlers to find your content is by linking to it, for example by embedding the story in a blog post using the dedicated Web Stories Embed block.

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  7. Danny Brown

    Isn’t this pretty much what Aesop Story Engine has been doing for years?

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  8. Jim B

    This plugin is dead, I see no reason to use it. It’s just another useless project by Google that will be closed in 1-2 years, remember my words. I see it as another Google+ like attempt to follow the social media trends. Google AMP and Web Stories should be closed as they produce more harm than good, it’s a nightmare to implement, maintain and track the results. Google should simply focus on search and leave these useless projects.

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    • Justin Tadlock

      If you make a claim such as Google AMP and Web Stories doing more harm than good here in the comments, I’m going to ask you to back up that specific claim with facts or other reasonable data that could lead to that conclusion. Otherwise, it’s just mud-slinging and not generally allowed under our comment policy.

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      • JimB

        Hi Justin, I tested it and it simply doesn’t make sense for most of the sites, unless you are a publisher or some social media related site. Google is known for pushing new technologies and then abandoning them and I think AMP is one of them. If you have a fast mobile website there is need to implement AMP, as this is double work and you have to constantly fix errors and make sure they didn’t release yet another update that changes everything and you have to redo all your work.

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  9. Patty

    Thanks for the heads up on this new plugin.
    I am going to test it in staging.
    Curious if anyone has used this with a podcast.

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  10. Johanna Summers

    The plugin doesn’t work. All I get is blank screen. Big build up, lots of PR saying how marvellous it is – with no result at the end. I will just keep creating content the old fashioned way.

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  11. Atul Mishra

    I used it earlier but now I uninstall this plugin because I don’t find it much effective.

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  12. Siddhi Jain

    Can I edit the slug of my web story? Please note I am talking about slug which is different from adding a website URL to the story.

    Thanks in advance,

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