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  1. Craig
    Craig June 2, 2011 at 19:05 | | Reply

    I’m new to the Google Map API – so please bear with me. I want to create a map where people can enter a location for something within the city that needs fixing. For example, they might mark a big pothole or a street light that doesn’t work.

    There might be several ways to have that information sent in, so would I need a plugin like one of the above to pull this off or would it be a standalone coding job?

    Thanks for the great review. I didn’t realize that there were this many choices for mapping plugins.

  2. RomeLuv
    RomeLuv June 29, 2011 at 22:44 | | Reply

    Hi,
    I’ve just published a free wordpress plugin enabling you to auto-embed google maps just writing an address on each post.

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/romeluv-google-maps-for-wordpress/

    It can also display a global map with all the posts displayed as markers – pretty cool and easy. And free of course ;)
    I’d love you to consider adding it to the list as it very lightweight and easy to hack (only one file) yet takes care of geocoding & everything pretty straightforwardly!

    Reply

  3. sujon
    sujon August 17, 2011 at 09:56 | | Reply

    hi,
    i want to know where the data of my map is loaded in mappress plugin.how can i show the location data as well as the google map in my post?Please give me advise.

    sujon

  4. Downtown Ecommerce Partners
    Downtown Ecommerce Partners August 17, 2011 at 19:04 | | Reply

    Wow, great timing, thanks for posting this roundup.

    I was just looking for a mapping plugin for one of our clients that would let us add custom markers – shebang – look no more.

    Gracias.

  5. Pieter
    Pieter October 18, 2011 at 08:50 | | Reply

    Very interesting and great timing. You forget to post the download link to the RomeLuv Maps plugin. After looking for it myself, I saw it was a V2 version… Too bad.

  6. Pieter
    Pieter October 18, 2011 at 12:56 | | Reply

    I ment the Google Maps V2 api, not the WP version ;-).

  7. Justin
    Justin October 19, 2011 at 18:08 | | Reply

    Which one of these maps can contain multiple locations in 1 map added to a wp page? It seems like all only allow 1 location per map.

  8. Rich Haslam
    Rich Haslam October 27, 2011 at 00:21 | | Reply

    I have service providers that work within a certain mileage radius. I’m looking for a plugin that would match a clients address with the service provider. Is there one out there….someplace?

  9. Prithvi
    Prithvi November 18, 2011 at 08:23 | | Reply

    Hi,

    I find this blog extremely helpful for me, thanks Jean Galea and everyone here!!

    I was just looking for a mapping plugin that would let us add custom markers on the map, can you help with suggestions!

  10. Dan
    Dan December 1, 2011 at 18:41 | | Reply

    Hello Jean

    Are you aware of any Google/Yahoo/Bing map plugins that do pin clustering? I have around 2000 locations.

    Need a WordPress solution that does this http://e85prices.com/e85map.php

  11. Dan
    Dan December 1, 2011 at 20:40 | | Reply

    btw Jean off topic a bit but really enjoy your design work http://www.jeangalea.com/portfolio/

  12. Heimo Ponnath
    Heimo Ponnath December 20, 2011 at 18:17 | | Reply

    As I understand each of the plugins needs the coordinates entered into a special box on the web interface, right? I have a special situation: the sender can only send emails (with the pluin Postie)! Can one of the plugins you described take the coordinates from the email?

  13. Ram Sunlover
    Ram Sunlover January 10, 2012 at 05:17 | | Reply

    Thanks for the very helpful survey. Have you looked at the “Comprehensive Google Maps Plugin”? It looks like it has almost everything you discuss as positive points in your reviews.
    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/comprehensive-google-map-plugin/
    Thanks!

  14. David Rothman
    David Rothman January 12, 2012 at 03:44 | | Reply

    There is a new WordPress plugin called MapNavigator. It organizes all your MapPress markers and displays them in an easy to navigate hierarchy. This plugin imports a Map Navigation file into your WordPress blog. The Map Navigation file defines one or more Continents, Countries, Regions, States and Cities. The plugin creates Posts that each contain a MapPress map or mashup that provide a linked navigation of the geography using your organization’s name, image file and icon in the Post’s Post, Excerpt and on the Map markers. The Map Navigation hierarchy can then be added to your themes header or provided as a link so that your organization can locate its members Posts or Pages by Geographical area. The plugin also provides an affiliate Register script that adds an Affiliate to your Map Navigation hierarchy along with their link and image when they join your organization. Any post can be added to the Map Navigation hierarchy using the Map Taxonomy tags and a Custom field used by the MapPress plugin.

    Check it out:
    http://mapclick.org
    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/mapnavigator/

  15. Dave Roberts
    Dave Roberts February 15, 2012 at 23:04 | | Reply

    Great article – you may want to look at GeoMashup by cyberhobo as well. It’s got a bit of a learning curve, but does some nifty global maps. There’s even a radius search available on github that adds even more functionality. I’ve got the unmodified versions working on my site now with plans to modify this in the near future.

  16. Nick
    Nick February 16, 2012 at 10:41 | | Reply

    Hi Jean

    Please have a look at http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-google-maps/ and let me know what you think. I developed it a few weeks ago and it’s starting to accumulate a high number of downloads. I would love it if you could add it to your post.

    Kind regards,

    Nick

  17. KK
    KK February 21, 2012 at 19:38 | | Reply

    Does anyone know of a store/service locator plug-in which uses the API v3 from Google? Pretty much all of the WP plug-ins available with a zip code search functionality, currently, require an API Key – which Google no longer issues. This would be a great help. I wouldn’t mind paying for such a tool.

  18. Turtle
    Turtle March 1, 2012 at 14:09 | | Reply

    Hey Jean – great list, thanks for putting it together!
    I’m looking for a plugin for my travel blog. I’d like to essentially have a map on every post that shows the location of the story – but ALSO has the locations and links to every other story I’ve done.
    Do any of these apps allow you to essentially have a common database of markers but customise the map for each page to have the relevant marker as the focus? (Does that make sense?)
    Cheers.

  19. Sagive SEO
    Sagive SEO March 5, 2012 at 19:37 | | Reply

    10x a lot man.. works like a charm with my custom posts!! love it – adds a lot of color to each review i create :) thanks

  20. Clare
    Clare March 9, 2012 at 05:42 | | Reply

    Hi Jean,

    I’m doing a website for a local restaurant. Could you recommend a plugin for WP, that would include a google map and reviews (ability to see past reviews and write new ones)? They want to be able to moderate reviews too.

    Any ideas would be a MASSIVE help.

    Thanks in advance.
    Clare

  21. Madenza
    Madenza March 13, 2012 at 01:51 | | Reply

    Hey, nice list. We will soon release our first free plugin for google maps. We dubbed it Google Map It for DirectoryPress. Please check out our map functions for creating a google map mashup for directory websites in our live demo.

    These plugins are all awesome, and we will at some stage attempt to make another free plugin, just for WordPress. Bookmarked for resource.

    Hope you will also let me mention our first WordPress based map project, called Latitude Longitude Finder. Geocoders are geeks :)

  22. lance
    lance March 14, 2012 at 02:35 | | Reply

    hello jean, nice post. just wanna ask which one of these posts can let me add different maps per post. and can be seen on the sidebar. thanks in advance for the help. cheers!!!

  23. Anony
    Anony May 5, 2012 at 19:56 | | Reply

    I discover this plugin and i think you forgot it in this cool post !
    http://codecanyon.net/item/google-maps-module-with-geolocation-wp-plugin/843881

  24. Michael
    Michael May 24, 2012 at 17:46 | | Reply

    Hi Jean,

    I’ve also emailed you personally this question, so please disregard if you get both.

    I’m curious as to your thoughts on something I have for a potential client. My client is in the air charter business and wants to be able to display a map that when a zip, city, etc. is typed in it would show the closest airports (from a database) that they fly to so user can click the airport nearby and that location would load to a form. They would do the same for the to airport.

    Do you have any thoughts to any easy wp plugin for this concept?

    Thanks in advance for any thoughts you have on this.

    Best regards,
    Michael

  25. Robert
    Robert June 11, 2012 at 20:47 | | Reply

    Hi Jean,

    I am the developer of “Leaflet Maps Marker” – a full-features mapping plugin which allows you to pin, organize & show your favorite places through OpenStreetMap/WMTS, Google Maps/Earth (KML), GeoJSON or Augmented-Reality browsers and is available in currently 8 languages. For a demo and a full list of features please visit http://www.mapsmarker.com.

    Although it uses mainly OSM as basemaps, I´d really appreciate if you could add my plugin to your list! (support for Google Maps is planned in one of the next versions ;-)
    regards,

    Robert

    1. SkyWombat
      SkyWombat October 16, 2012 at 23:07 | | Reply

      Leaflet Maps Marker is really nice. I especially like the possibility to add several marker styles, create different layers with many markers on them and of course the choice of other maps than just google maps.
      Of course there is still quite a bit of development to be done, e.g. marker clustering and the possibility to create a new marker directly out of a post or via the WP iPhone app.

      1. Robert
        Robert October 17, 2012 at 07:19 | | Reply

        Hi SkyWombat,
        the development of Leaflet Maps Marker is by long not finished now – there are a lot of new features on the roadmap – I just have to find time to implement them ;-)
        Marker clustering is one of those, adding markers directly from post edit screen also. Adding via WP iPhone app is also a good idea – will check if I can hook into this app somehow…
        regards,
        Robert

  26. Spyros
    Spyros June 12, 2012 at 15:55 | | Reply

    Hello. Thank you very much for sharing all this information.
    I am interested in creating a page in my wp site with a map inside. But I would like to add markers on the maps and when readers click on them, to open the relative article that I have posted about the specific’s area marker.
    Is it possible?

    Thank you very much in advance

    1. Robert
      Robert June 12, 2012 at 20:01 | | Reply

      Hi Spyros,
      with Leaflet Maps Marker, this is possible too.
      regards,
      Robert

  27. Nick
    Nick June 12, 2012 at 19:39 | | Reply

    Hi Spyros

    WP Google Maps can do this.

  28. Martin Fisher
    Martin Fisher June 26, 2012 at 11:21 | | Reply

    Thanks for the round-up of maps. I am looking to

    Search box for the user to type in their address or part of.
    Google/Bing maps to show the address on a map
    The marker dragged to indicate the actual house in question (BTW this is for the install of solar panels)

    the location to be added into the form do the user can send it along with there contact info.

    I’m yet to find anything that does this but I have seen a couple of HTML implementations

    A pluggin that delivers this would be ideal – has anyone come across or created anything that fits the bill?

  29. ChrisPage
    ChrisPage October 24, 2012 at 23:43 | | Reply

    Great post – some good plugins to look at. Just a question in case you know before I go and hunt through them individually!

    Most of these plugins allow you to create a map with multiple markers. But do any offer a search bar, so visitors to my site could insert their town or zip/postcode and the map would zoom there, showing the markers nearest to them?

  30. harrybhanot
    harrybhanot April 11, 2013 at 22:54 | | Reply

    That,s really nice but I have found something which set it up as background.. you can check it out here. This only work with optin pages to build list. http://harrybhanot.com/geo/how-to-build-a-high-converting-squeeze-page/

  31. 2techgirls
    2techgirls May 23, 2013 at 16:26 | | Reply

    I’m looking for a map plugin that is user driven, so that visitors to the site can add their own pin or mark to the map. This would have to be from a page on the site – not from the dashboard. Anyone know of a plugin that allows that?

    1. Nick
      Nick May 23, 2013 at 19:55 | | Reply

      Hi.
      WP Google Maps – Visitor Generated Markers plugin does exactly what your asking for :)

    2. MapsMarker (@MapsMarker)
      MapsMarker (@MapsMarker) May 23, 2013 at 20:27 | | Reply

      Leaflet Maps Marker v3.6 (which will be released in about a month) will include a native REST API which will allow flexible adding of pins – for example from forms or by external applications / plugins. For more details please see the API docs at http://mapsmarker.com/mapsmarker-api
      best,
      Robert

      1. 2techgirls
        2techgirls May 23, 2013 at 23:14 | | Reply

        We may need some custom development. Will either of these handle that?

        1. MapsMarker (@MapsMarker)
          MapsMarker (@MapsMarker) May 24, 2013 at 12:25 | | Reply

          due to pro development I currently dont have any ressources for custom dev, but I can refer you to John Cotton (http://www.dynamicarray.co.uk/) which is experienced with my plugin and could possible help you here…

  32. Mike
    Mike May 25, 2013 at 18:13 | | Reply

    Hi. Not sure if there is an out-of-box solution for this, but I am looking for a map WordPress plugin that will display geocentric pins for cities and will display the city name. Ideally, I would love it if the user could pick 3 different city “pins” on the map and then communicate these selections back to wordpress to be fed back into my CRM.

    Any thoughts would be much appreciated!

  33. Madenza Eishit
    Madenza Eishit May 28, 2013 at 12:14 | | Reply

    This post set me on my way to find my own solution to use in a directory setup.
    The map pins needed to be dynamically added from the listings, with some search add on that focus on delivering results on the map.
    In beta – but working nicely. You can use the search location PRETORIA 0001 if want to check out on my site http://www.web-directory.co.za

    Wan’t enough, so wanted to add new dynamic map that works with multi location listings as well. Just added the first of these, still some issues, but will soon be there. You can check out the link for another multiple pin map using same ”widget” but calling pins by tag.
    http://www.web-directory.co.za/ocean-basket-south-africa/

    The next edition add on is to add the multiple pin map to a specific listing tab. This is a demo link to these custom tabs, and should have this up and running by the weekend. A listing for whatever, will then be able to have a custom map in their listing, with multiple pins. Unlimited use on same url, with different data. Check out the tabs here http://www.web-directory.co.za/eish-it/

  34. Darrell
    Darrell May 30, 2013 at 19:27 | | Reply

    I’m looking for a geo map plugin that captures the computers location and displays it as a map on a home page or post and will list the person’s city location on the map? All without the person entering their location information.

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    Karol Duke (@KarolDuke4) June 10, 2013 at 11:55 | | Reply

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  36. Sweta
    Sweta June 23, 2013 at 08:00 | | Reply

    Which would be the best google map plugin for a wordpress site where one can include custom fields(click on the legend to get the detailed information) for the legend or location I mark on the map, something like this site.

    http://www.acetutors.com.sg/assignments.php.

    Kindly suggest which plugin would be useful to incorporate this feature.
    Thanks for helping out.

  37. jon
    jon June 28, 2013 at 16:32 | | Reply

    hey I’m looking for guidance folks. I”m using jotform as a multiple step submission process for solar industry.. what I really want is to be able to integrate a gmap plugin to my website similar to

    https://www.energysage.com/market/solarpv/new/property_details/
    or http://www.astonsolar.com/finance.php

    how do I tell if what these companies used is a plug in or custom. any ideas on how to itegrate

    my form
    http://form.jotform.co/form/31716154914857

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    bloodandgutsrecords.com July 2, 2013 at 12:58 | | Reply

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  39. Steave
    Steave July 20, 2013 at 08:18 | | Reply

    http://codecanyon.net/item/wp-google-map-pro/5211638 – best google map plugin I ever seen.

  40. eglisn
    eglisn August 21, 2013 at 23:16 | | Reply

    For travel routes on Google Map checkout: http://wordpress.org/plugins/google-maps-travel-route/

  41. Josh
    Josh September 5, 2013 at 23:04 | | Reply

    Thanks for the shoutout for Mapify.it. We just launched our pro version and think you’re readers will dig it: http://www.mapifypro.com

    Lots more features and style updates for Google Maps.

  42. Taylor Mason
    Taylor Mason September 11, 2013 at 16:30 | | Reply

    really helpful review of google map plugins for wordpress…

  43. scadenas
    scadenas September 14, 2013 at 07:56 | | Reply

    Does anyone know a nice maps plug-in for wordpress which uses a direction/zip code search functionality to another direction/zip code and after directions have been submitted it pops up a form letting people to contact us requesting more information?

    We need to save in the form both directions and catch their contact information.

    We are a transportation company and we want to provide this map functionality into our registration page. We would not mind paying for such a tool.

    1. Cetabo
      Cetabo October 15, 2013 at 20:35 | | Reply

      Yes, try http://codecanyon.net/item/simplified-google-maps/5674572 it has a full address search feature

  44. Daniel
    Daniel October 2, 2013 at 13:30 | | Reply

    I just bougth this premium WordPress Plugin. Allows to generate Maps in wordpress very easily: change the color, the markers and you can use with shortcodes. I hope that will help!
    http://codecanyon.net/item/google-maps-generator-for-wordpress/5612451

  45. mwbarrowsMichael
    mwbarrowsMichael November 1, 2013 at 16:11 | | Reply

    Hey guys,
    Hope you can help – I’m developing a wordpress restaurant directory site optimised for mobiles and I’m looking for a GPS plugin to enable a user to search for the nearest outlet(s) to their current position.

    Any thoughts/suggestions much appreciated.

  46. Mau
    Mau November 18, 2013 at 04:07 | | Reply

    Hey! Nice list… I’m very noob in this topics, I just lunched my first blog two days ago, it is in spanish, but here’s the link http://www.soundslike.com.mx

    I just have a question, I want to make a custom map that contains several pinpoints to links with audio, the idea is to post an audio file witch is an ambient sound of the street or whatever and map it in a single map that contain it all… That can be done? Like I say I’m very noob at this.

    Thx very much!

    1. Josh Sears
      Josh Sears August 22, 2014 at 20:53 | | Reply

      Awesome idea! Our plugin will work with something like that and you can easily link to the audio like you mentioned: http://www.mapifypro.com

  47. Hans Anders
    Hans Anders November 20, 2013 at 09:38 | | Reply

    Comprehensive Google Map Plugin causes a jQuery version problem with my site although I run the latest WP supplied version of jQuery. The interface and functionality supplied by CGM is very nice though. I hope they can fix this issue …

  48. ttfan
    ttfan November 25, 2013 at 02:56 | | Reply

    Great article!

    I have yet to find a Google Map plugin which
    1. Allows you to add in all shows/clubs, etc AND
    2. Has a search field for the user, where you can type in an address, and the map will automatically zoom into the area to show you the nearest shops/clubs.
    Any ideas?
    Thanks a lot!

    1. joshsears
      joshsears November 25, 2013 at 10:07 | | Reply

      Hi ttfan, i posted this previously so hopefully it’s not flagged as spam, but this plugin does the zooming/sorting exactly as you specified: http://www.mapifypro.com

      There is a demo of this feature on the google map, at the pinpoint just above Mexico. It also has searching by city, customized filtering, etc. Hope it helps!

  49. coprhead
    coprhead December 25, 2013 at 05:09 | | Reply

    Great Info Jean. Maybe I missed the post(s) on what would be best for a membership site that visitors would post their own custom map pin. For example fishing hotspots; which of course no one would actually share lol.

  50. Jay
    Jay January 14, 2014 at 13:57 | | Reply

    Very glad I found you and your work, Jean. You seem to be the guy to ask, so here goes…

    I am looking for a plugin that will create an array by using a location from an event and comparing to our member’s addresses within our database. Any ideas?

    Thanks, in advance, for your time and consideration.

    Jay

  51. maddennza
    maddennza February 1, 2014 at 16:58 | | Reply

    Maybe you can have a look at our new plugin for maps and WP
    Dynamic maps for power sites, free to download and use
    http://www.google-map-it.com/google-map-it-plugin-v2/

  52. Shawn Cookson
    Shawn Cookson March 18, 2014 at 23:23 | | Reply

    This is the second great article you’ve written that I stumbled across. You’re obviously an expert in the area of WP maps. Any chance you or anyone could critique my site? It’s still work in progress but would love to get some feedback. I have to get the widget to stay open by adding some code. It is the “+” in the lower right hand corner. http://www.nomadog.com/category/asia/afghanistan/

  53. Chris
    Chris April 23, 2014 at 22:45 | | Reply

    What a great article. I am looking for a google maps plugin that will show an address that the user enters in a form. So the user enters their address and it shows their house on a google map.
    What plugin will do this?

    Thanks for the great article! Any advice?

  54. Andrei Tara (@andrei_tara)
    Andrei Tara (@andrei_tara) August 23, 2014 at 19:27 | | Reply

    See http://codecanyon.net/item/simplified-google-maps/5674572, this plugin provides the possibility to search an address.

  55. darkmanxl
    darkmanxl November 1, 2014 at 12:23 | | Reply

    sadly mapify.it is not compatible with WP 4.0 I spent 50 bucks on the pro version and cant use it.

    1. localfoodcoordinator
      localfoodcoordinator November 3, 2014 at 16:42 | | Reply

      Actually MapifyPro is 100% compatible with WordPress 4.0 and above. We use both on our site. Be sure to update to the latest version 2.0.6. Thanks!

  56. kopero
    kopero November 6, 2014 at 23:22 | | Reply

    Hello, I am interested to plot a real-time track (update every second) from a GPX file, do you know any plugin that may be can help me out?

  57. Posh Patties
    Posh Patties November 17, 2014 at 10:44 | | Reply

    Hi there, thansk for your post on this.

    Back in 2011 you had this question:

    I have service providers that work within a certain mileage radius. I’m looking for a plugin that would match a clients address with the service provider. Is there one out there….someplace?

    I have a simiar requiremmet for a delivery service. I need my service providor to enter their postcode in the submission form and the radius they cover and for the user, from the homepage, to enter their postcode to see which providers cover their area. Do you know if anything similar has been developed since then?

    Thanks again

  58. Bob Jones
    Bob Jones December 12, 2014 at 23:16 | | Reply

    I have a multisite installation where each site needs to have its own map which will contain from 0..n markers that must be dynamically added in PHP at the time the map is rendered. I want to put the map in an iframe and be able to click on any of the markers and have the map expand to the location of the marker.

    I don’t need (or want) the overhead of setting up each marker in the dashboard. I want to be able to load the markers at run-time.

    It isn’t obvious to me that any of the plugins mentioned above can do this. Your thoughts?

  59. Simon
    Simon December 16, 2014 at 09:35 | | Reply

    Hi Bob!

    You can try Ready! Google Maps
    http://readyshoppingcart.com/product/google-maps-plugin/

    It have similar functionality you can customize to your needs

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