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What is Google Docs?

It is a word processor included as part of a free, web-based software office suite offered by Google. It brings your documents to life with smart editing and styling tools to help you easily format text and paragraphs.
Google Docs is a tool in the Document Collaboration category of a tech stack.

Who uses Google Docs?

81 companies reportedly use Google Docs in their tech stacks, including Close, wadiz, and HashiCorp.

239 developers on StackShare have stated that they use Google Docs.

Google Docs Integrations

Coda, Crowdin, mailerlite, Google Keep, and Typora are some of the popular tools that integrate with Google Docs. Here's a list of all 36 tools that integrate with Google Docs.
Pros of Google Docs
It's simple, but expansive
Fast and simple
Decisions about Google Docs

Here are some stack decisions, common use cases and reviews by companies and developers who chose Google Docs in their tech stack.

Needs advice
Next.jsNext.jsPayload CMSPayload CMS

We are an NGO and we got from a partner a new design for our knowledge-sharing platform https://morethandigital.info/en/. We have now almost finalized the UI/UX Design in Figma with all the flows and functionalities for the future platform.

Next.js came up often as a possible solution for our future "platform" but I am not sure, also I found Payload CMS in the process as WordPress seems to be not the right decision for us. The next generation of our knowledge-sharing platform should also have more functionalities as the current version is only an article publishing platform.

Some of the new functionalities we thought of to make consuming/sharing knowledge easier:

  • Better Author / Organization / Publication pages
  • Peer-Review Feedback and Translation Feedback
  • Translation flows and integration of machine translation suggestion
  • Collaboration and live collaboration (like Google Docs)
  • Follow Creators, Subscribe to Authors/Organizations
  • Create collections (collections of articles) and share them
  • As well as "Save for later" and other functionalities that help better interaction with content

As we are overwhelmed with the choices it is really hard to determine what technology stack/choices we should make in order to keep it as lean and easy as possible without creating too much overhead. Is there any "Best practice" you could recommend to allow for a low-cost development of our Design into a scalable infrastructure that doesn't cost thousands a month for hosting etc. (currently we serve 2.5 million people with 24 USD in Hosting and 20 USD in CDN with a WordPress system)? So please don't suggest options that are 100s of USD per month or thousands per month as we simply don't have the budget.

Any help/info/hints/recommendations are really appreciated!

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Needs advice
Google DocsGoogle Docs

We are trying to find a good tool for internal technical documentation. E.g. playbooks for site operations, or how-to docs on how to use a particular library. The documentation will contain a lot of code/command snippets.

We currently use Google Docs because of its very good WYSIWYG capabilities, and most importantly, its commenting system that allows us to discuss a particular issue and keep record of that discussion. However, Google docs is not made for code documentation so it's a bit clunky sometimes (e.g. it will capitalize the first letters of sentences etc...).

We briefly tried the GitHub wiki, but it severely lacked on collaboration/commenting and ease of editing.

What tools do people recommend for editing internal documentation?

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Kamil Debbagh
Product Manager at Wooclap · | 8 upvotes · 114.1K views
Needs advice

Hi StackSharers, your help is dearly needed as we're making a move to which we will commit for the next few years.

Problem: As our Marketing team gets growing needs to publish content fast and autonomously, we're trying to add a CMS to our stack.


  • This CMS should have fairly advanced marketing features: either natively built, and/or be open source, so we can either find third parties' plugins suiting our needs or build our own plugins homebrew.

  • "Advanced marketing features" like these: Non-devs should be able to handle content autonomously, Should have a non-dev friendly interface, should allow creating a library of reusable components/modules, should show the preview before publishing, should have a calendar with all publications, should show the history/tracking, should allow collaborating (Google Docs like), should display characters limit optimized for SEO.

Solution: We're considering an SSG + Headless CMS combination. We're fairly confident for the SSG (Gatsby), but we're still uncertain which CMS we should choose.

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Michael Videlgauz
Needs advice

Hello community, I am looking for a self-hosted online document management solution. One that covers all my needs is Confluence but it is currently not affordable for my team. Key requirements are RTL support, WYSIWYG Editing (Word-like interface as much as possible), Concurrent Editing (the best experience I have with Google Docs where I can even see who else is currently editing a document) with conflict resolution, versioning (view history and switch between versions), PDF and Word export, complex tables, and some others, full list here in column "A". I found XWIKI covering all my requirements (including those "bonus features" that I didn't list here) except one - RTL. Here a hack is suggested to address this issues but I would prefer not to go with any hacks. I myself am ready to contribute to an open source development but other people who (hopefully) will use this tool are not software engineers and this fact must be kept in mind... Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!

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Google Docs Alternatives & Comparisons

What are some alternatives to Google Docs?
Google Drive
Keep photos, stories, designs, drawings, recordings, videos, and more. Your first 15 GB of storage are free with a Google Account. Your files in Drive can be reached from any smartphone, tablet, or computer.
Harness the power of Dropbox. Connect to an account, upload, download, search, and more.
Take notes to a new level with Evernote, the productivity app that keeps your projects, ideas, and inspiration handy across all your digital devices. It helps you capture and prioritize ideas, projects, and to-do lists, so nothing falls through the cracks.
Edit and discuss in one place. Quip combines documents with messages so you can work faster, on the web or on the go.
It is an intuitive online project management tool enabling teams to increase productivity using cloud, collaboration, & mobile technologies. It provides your organization with a powerful work platform that offers exceptional speed to business value
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Google Docs's Followers
216 developers follow Google Docs to keep up with related blogs and decisions.