Free WordPress Plugins for Adding and Extending Maps
Adding basic maps to your WordPress website is a breeze. With Google Maps, you’re able to copy and paste the provided embed code into your page or post using the WordPress HTML Editor. But if you want to add some more advanced functionality, you can look to some outstanding plugins for help.
Here are 10 free WordPress plugins that will allow you to both add and extend map functionality on your website:
Maps Builder provides you with a more interactive approach to map creation. You’ll be able to plot out multiple locations, customize your map markers and even use different themes with the use of Snazzy Maps. It’s all integrated into an attractive and easy-to-use UI.
If your business has multiple locations, use WP Store Locator to add user-friendly, interactive maps to your website. Users will be able to filter locations by their radius and get driving directions to each location. You’ll be able to add vital info like phone numbers, business hours and other custom meta information to each location. The look of your map is also customizable.
Google Maps CP offers a way to add location data to a WordPress page or post. It’s an interesting concept for news-based sites that have reporters in various locations or even a travel blog. Users can use this data to find related posts from the same area. Locations can be defined either by a physical address or point coordinates.
Using a GPX file as your source, WP GPX maps will display interactive maps with features like altitude, speed, heart rate and temperature. This functionality could come in handy for plotting race/event courses or tracking fitness data.
SO Mobile Map Widget is optimized for use with mobile devices. It will display a static Google Map with a centered pin on your desired location. When clicked (or tapped), Google Maps is opened up. Users can then fill in their current location in order to get directions.
Get valuable map input from your online community with Name: CM Maps Routes Manager. Users can draw their own routes on a map, along with adding points of interest and photos. Include walking, biking, driving routes and more. Maps can then be searched based on locations or categories.
Visitor Map will display a world map widget complete with location points of currently online users. The plugin will also show the number of both logged in users and guests. Maps are responsive for mobile-friendliness.
WP Design Maps & Places is not your standard mapping plugin in that it aims to provide a much higher level of customization. You’ll be able to self-design a map that fits in with the established look of your website. You can also choose whether or not to use geolocation data, allowing for further possibilities.
Rather than displaying Google Maps within your content, Google Map with FancyBox Popup allows for display inside a popup window. This can be a nice solution for sites that need to show multiple maps without affecting performance or don’t want them to distract from other content.
Use GeoDirectory – Directory Plugin to create a global (or regional) business or member directory for your website. The plugin supports CSV import (and export) to allow for fast directory building.
Do More with Maps
Adding maps to your WordPress website can go well beyond the basics. With the plugins above, you’ll be able to add more detailed information and elements of interactivity. Maps are also easier to create and customize than ever before. Use these tools to add a truly useful dimension to your site.
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