Single Property Sites – Maps

Old World MapI have searched, and struggled and spent many hours working with various plugins for WordPress to display maps and links the way I want them.   I’ve finally found the solution that fits for what I want in a mapping for my sites,   it is YourGMap.  

I don’t know about you but I hate reading post or articles where I get a litany of “I tried this one, then this, and you can do it this way, but here is what I actually do and have decided on using.”

So I’m not going to list or go into all the map plugins I’ve installed, configured and found wanting.

I am focusing in  on YourGMap and how to get a great map page up on your single property site quickly.

Getting Started

  • Go to YourGMap and create an account.
  • Click on “Create a New Map”
  • Give the Map a name.   I use the street for the name
  • Click “Create”
  • Click “Create New Location”
  • Give the Location a Name   ex. “Home”
  • Fill in the Address
  • I usually pick the Blue Home marker, It is up to you.
  • Comments

Here you can place an Image, Text, or Link. I usually put an image in the comment bubble. I keep it small ex. 100 X 50. The syntax for including an of these is at the bottom of the comment area. For ex. The image format is !http://www.image-location!100!50!

  • If you don’t want the address in the bubble.   Uncheck “Prefill comment with location name and address”
  • Click “Create”

Add Additional Locations on your map

You will notice that on most maps the pointer isn’t exactly located where the home is. You can easily move the pointer for each location. See the option “Pinpoint on Map” Right above where you select the type of marker. Click on that and then click where you want the pointer to be located. It is that easy to move the pointer.

If you do move the pointer you will have to manually fill in the address in the comment bubble if you want it displayed

Click on “Map Settings” Tab  

  •  I prefer the “Hybrid” option but it is up to you.
  • Set the center of the map.   I use the Home location
  • Set the Zoom level   I prefer “Manual” zoom level “0”or “1”

You can see the small the number to closer the zoom.  The zoom level will be determined by the number of locations you want showing on your map at default  zoom.

Anytime you want to see the effect of your choices go over to “Preview and Publish” then back to the tab you are working on.

  • Click Save Changes when you are done on this tab.   You can always come back and edit, even after you publish.

Click on “Marker Settings” Tab

Pretty self explanatory.   If you don’t like what you chose you can change it here, or on the individual locations.

Click on “Publish Settings” Tab

Attention:   This is the most important tab to making your map work on your site.

Way to many people setting up a YourGMap don’t take the time to setup these settings and then wonder why the map doesn’t look right.

  • Size of   the Map

This is determined by the size of the space you have available. On this blog I have 600px in the post area, on my Tucson blog I have 400px in the post area. I set the width of the map to be at least 25px less than the available area.   I usually set the height by keeping the aspect ratio the same.   You can use any photo editor and select resize width and see what it says for the height and then use that figure.

  • Embed the map on your site.   This is my option of choice for displaying this map.
  • Select a Page Layout.   I prefer “Classic”   It puts the location list under the map and doesn’t mess up my post area by making the map too wide.
  • If you have more than one location.   I would select “Include Location List below map”   And set the list height based on the number of locations on the map.
  • Click Save Changes.

Click on “Preview and Publish” Tab

When you have the map set the way you want it.  

  • Click on the “Publish Map” button.
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page and you will see the code to embed the map into your post or page on your blog.  
  • Copy the code and paste it using Code view in your editor.

Page or Post?

I prefer to put the map on a post.   I do this because I set up the post as “Additional Information” on the sidebar and the “Area Map” shows up under that list of posts.

For an example of how this all works go to: Macenroe Area Map

You can see an example of a YourGMap in a blog post on the Tucson News site Tucson Loves Organic and Natural Foods

YourGMaps are:

  1. Easy to Create
  2. Easy to customize
  3. Easy to publish on your blog or website
  4. Adds visual geographic information about the property

I like the maps for showing potential buyers the proximity to

  • shopping
  • schools
  • locations of interest

Maps are a real benefit to a single property site.   YourGMaps makes adding them simpler than drawing a map on paper and scanning it in.   : )

Comments

  1. Keith Jeppson says

    This is on my todo list so you’re dumped into favorites. Thanks for the link source.

  2. I was looking for a WordPress plug-in for Google Maps. I knew you would have information on this topic. So now instead of using a WordPress plug-in, I am using “YourGMap”! Already added two maps, pretty easy. Thanks Dave!

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