Google Maps WD – Google Maps builder Plugin

Description

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WordPress Google Maps WD
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Google Maps WD Add-ons:

GMWD Marker Clustering Add-on

Google Maps WD combines quality and simplicity, offering you an easy way to add unlimited Maps to your website. It’s an out of the box solution with some powerful functionality and additional customization options. The plugin is distinguished for its feature-packed free version, offering what are usually premium features absolutely free, such as unlimited number of responsive maps,geolocation feature, store locator, map layers, unlimited markers and more. Another great thing about it is that it features an intuitive map builder, letting you customize your maps and preview the changes immediately with the live preview option. For additional quality features like marker icon builder, directions, map skins and themes, marker listing and multi-level marker categories there is the premium version, which will let you further personalize your maps. Plugin uses a clean code, which guarantees smooth operation and compatibility with any WordPress theme.

Benefits

  • Reliability – Google Maps is the most popular mapping service and probably the most reliable too. Bring the maps to your website and take advantage of the wealth of information the maps offer.
  • Better user experienc – User-friendly interface makes it easy to create personalized maps within minutes and insert them into your posts and pages.The maps are pretty simple in use, making it easy to search for addresses and get directions.
  • Informative – The plugin features almost all Google Maps functionalities, which means you can mark up specific locations on the map and display marker information window as users click on or hover over it. Marker description can include address, location by latitude/longitude, links, images, and more.
  • High level of customization – While free plugin supports all essential Google Maps controls and overlays, its Premium version offers some additional features, such as map skins and themes. Plus, with the built-in icon maker you can create custom icons and attach them to the maps. The plugin is flexible and allows to style and personalize the maps in different ways.
  • Customers can easily find yo – Usually consumers search for local businesses online. So if you own a business, a clothing store or a small coffee shop, this is the easiest way to let your customers find you.
  • Ease of use – designed for users with any level of familiarity with WordPress. The user-friendly interface of the plugin makes it easy for everyone to create maps, add markers, and make the necessary customization.
  • Awesome support – timely and effective support to all users. We keep standards high and response time low.

What’s in it

CUSTOMIZABLE LAYOUTS

Display the feeds in one of the available layouts Thumbnail, Image Browser, Masonry (Premium version), Blog Style(Premium version). Whether you want to have small sized image thumbnails or larger images displayed you’ll find the right layout for that. Customize layouts to get exactly what you need and display the metadata that’s most relevant for your niche.

RESPONSIVE MAPS

Maps created with the plugin are responsive and perfectly scale to screens of all shapes and sizes.

UNLIMITED MAPS

You can have unlimited maps on your website and unlimited markers on each map.

SUPPORTS ALL GOOGLE MAPS CONTROLS

The plugin supports all Google Maps controls making user interaction with maps smooth and easy. You can configure map control settings and choose their position on the map.

SUPPORT FOR ALL MAP TYPES

Plugin supports all Google maps styles including road, traffic, satellite, terrain, and hybrid.

LIVE PREVIEW OPTION

Customizing maps was never this easy. While you add markers, draw circles and rectangles on the maps, apply map themes and skins, the changes are immediately shown in the quick map preview. A great way to see how your maps look like before you actually add them to your website.

MULTIPLE MAP LAYERS

Plugin supports multiple map layers. Google Maps standard bicycle, transit and traffic layers, as well as polygon and polyline layers come with the free version, while Circle and Rectangle layers are part of Premium version of the plugin. The latter also provides support for advanced layers, such as layers based on GeoRSS, KML URLs, and Fusion Table Id.

STORE LOCATOR

Store locator will let you display a set of markers showing store locations within a specified radius and help your site visitors find stores or business locations nearby. A great way to drive customers to any of your physical locations.

MAP SKINS AND THEMES

There are six map themes and multiple skins available in the Premium version that can be used to give your maps a distinct look and feel.

DIRECTIONS

Directions is a Premium version feature, enabling your site visitors search for locations and find possible route directions from a specific point to the destination. By enabling this feature you can provide directions with driving, walking, bicycling or transit mode, depending which of the modes the specified area supports.

CUSTOM MARKER ICON BUILDER

This is perhaps the only Google Maps plugin that lets you create custom icons for the markers. You can upload your own image for the marker and choose its size. This feature is available in Premium version.

MULTI-LEVEL MARKER CATEGORIES

Marker categories are a great way to segment your markers and can help your visitors easily find locations using category filtering. Add multi-level marker category support and you can add new categories to already existing parent categories (Premium Version).

MARKER LISTING OPTIONS

You can list map markers using Basic listing, Advanced Listing and Carousel view options,which will make it easy for your site visitors find markers based on categories. Users of the Premium plugin can display marker listings as a map legend right on the map.

LAYER IMPORT/EXPORT

You can import/export all Google Maps attributes, including markers, circles, rectangles, polygons and polylines from one map to another. The data is exported/imported in .xlsx format.

SETTINGS/CUSTOMIZATION

*Some customizations described here are available in Premium version. Please refer to feature summary for additional info.
The plugin has a pretty intuitive and user-friendly interface, making it easy to create maps and display them on your website. It comes with a comprehensive set of default settings, which include choosing the map center address , center longitude and latitude, zooming level among others. Once you add a new map and start making changes to it, you’ll find a settings tab above the map, where you can set and configure individual settings for every new map you create. Under this tab you can configure the settings for store locator, options for controls, and some of the layer settings. Users of the Premium version will also have the settings for marker listing, directions, marker category filter and some other advanced settings available. The latter has separate tab for map themes right above the map display, where you can choose a theme for the map. Adding markers and layers to the map requires just a few clicks. Once you click on the Add Marker tab a new window will open, where you can specify marker options, depending on the plugin version you’re using.

Premium version adds

  • Customizable Google maps skins
  • Google Maps themes/customize existing themes based on detailed styles and colors section
  • Google Maps directions with Walking, Driving, Bicycling and Transit modes
  • Circle and Rectangle layers over the map
  • Multi-level marker categories
  • Custom Marker icon builder (100+ marker icons + option to add your own icons)
  • Custom icon, custom marker text/description, images and link support for the markers
  • Marker, Circle, Rectangle, Polygon, Polyline Export/Import option from one map to another
  • Marker listing ( Basic listing, Advanced Listing and Carousel view) for easier access of categorized markers
  • Marker listing display within the map as a map legend
  • Advanced layer support (layers based on GeoRSS, KML URLs, Fusion Table Id

IMPORTANT:

If you think you found a bug in Google Maps WD or have any problem/question concerning this plugin, please check out Support Forum . If you do not find a solution here, do not hesitate to click here to contact us.

Screenshots

  • Google Maps WD - Edit Map
  • Google Maps WD - Add Marker
  • Google Maps WD - Add Polygon
  • Google Maps WD - Map Settings
  • Google Maps WD - Edit Theme
  • Google Maps WD - Basic Google Maps
  • Google Maps WD - Google Maps Directions
  • Google Maps WD - Google Maps Advanced Marker Listing
  • Google Maps WD - Google Maps Store locator
  • Google Maps WD - Google Maps Polygons and Polylines

Installation

Thank you for your interest in Google Maps WD.

Here are two ways of installing Google Maps WD: via WordPress backend and via FTP. Let’s discuss each case individually:

Installing via WordPress

Login to the WordPress Administrator Panel.
Go to Plugins> Add New>Upload.
Click Choose file button and select the zip folder of Google Maps WD plugin and press Install now button.
Click Activate button.

Installing via FTP

Login to your hosting space via an FTP software, e.g. FileZilla.
Unzip the downloaded Google Maps WD plugin folder without making any changes to the folder.
Upload the Google Mapsplugin into the following location wp-content>wp-plugins.
Login to the WordPress Administrator Panel.
Activate Google Maps WD by going to Plugins and pressing Activate button.

FAQ

Installation Instructions

Thank you for your interest in Google Maps WD.

Here are two ways of installing Google Maps WD: via WordPress backend and via FTP. Let’s discuss each case individually:

Installing via WordPress

Login to the WordPress Administrator Panel.
Go to Plugins> Add New>Upload.
Click Choose file button and select the zip folder of Google Maps WD plugin and press Install now button.
Click Activate button.

Installing via FTP

Login to your hosting space via an FTP software, e.g. FileZilla.
Unzip the downloaded Google Maps WD plugin folder without making any changes to the folder.
Upload the Google Mapsplugin into the following location wp-content>wp-plugins.
Login to the WordPress Administrator Panel.
Activate Google Maps WD by going to Plugins and pressing Activate button.

1. How do I publish a map on posts or pages?

To insert WordPress Google Map into a Page or Post you should open the post/page from Admin Panel. Here you will see Google Maps icon. Press on it to open the maps.
Select the map you want to add to the page/post from the list.
Alternatively you can copy the shortcode available in Google Maps WD>Maps section. Go your Post/Page. Change the content box from Visual to Text tab and add the code.
If you want to add map to custom area on your site please instead use php shortcode. Copy and paste it to .php file, where you plan to include the map.
To insert the Map as a widget go to Appearance>Widgets>Google Maps WD. Select a position for the maps widget. Then configure the settings and press the Save button.

  • Title. Provide title for the widget.
  • Select Map. Choose one of the created Google Maps to insert as widget.
  • Map Type. Choose the map mode.
  • Zoom Level. Define zoom level for maps widget or leave the default option.
  • Width. Set the width of the widget.
  • Height. Set the height of the widget.
  • Text Above/Below Map. Fill in custom text to accompany map for one of/or both positions.
2. How do I add a marker to Google Maps?

In this section you will learn how to add markers to your WordPress Google Map.

Markers are used for indicating specific location on a map. The icon of the marker appears as an overlay of the map and may give some additional information.
Note that all changes made here will be previewed on small map sample on the right side of the screen.

Title. You can provide a title for the marker. The title will be included in Information window of the marker.
Link URL. You can link Marker to any URL, so that when site visitor hits the marker they will be redirected to mentioned URL. The link will be opened in a new window.
**Address. There are three ways of adding the marker location- providing address, filling in longitude and latitude or right-clicking on the location on the map.
**Description. Description of the marker will be displayed alongside its title within Information window.
**Marker Description Image. The marker information window can also contain an image. Here you can upload the images to be used.
**Category. Here you can specify the marker category. More about marker categories can be found at Marker Category section.
**Animation. By default the marker will be automatically displayed with the map, but if you want to have an effect for adding marker overlay, you can choose the animation from the list.
**Enable Info Window.
Choose whether to have information window with markers or not.
Open Info Window by Default. Choose whether to display information window of the marker by default or when user presses the marker icon.
Icon. You can choose from existing icons or upload your own. Plugin includes different categories of icons.You can also create your own icons filling marker and icon colors. Your created icons will be saved in Added markers category.
Custom Icon size. Here you can define the dimensions of the icon.
Published. Choose whether to publish the marker or leave it for the further publishing.

When all settings are set up, press Add Marker button.

The created marker will appear below the map within Markers tab: here you will have the option to filter, duplicate, edit and delete markers.

3. How do I create market categories?

To create a marker category navigate to Google Maps WD> Marker Category.

Title. Provide a title for the marker category.
Select Parent Category. Here you can leave to root to create a first-level category or choose one of existing(already added) categories to be used as a parent for the category.
Category Icon. You can upload a custom image to accompany the marker category. It will accompany the marker category with marker filtering and marker listing options.
Published. Choose whether to publish the marker category or leave it for further publishing.
When done with changes press Save (will save and get to the list of created markers), Apply (will save and keep you on the marker page), Save as Copy (if you want to make changes to the marker category but not overwrite the existing marker category) or Cancel (to stop the process of creating a new marker).

4. Can I change the control settings on the map?

Yes, you can edit the Control settings of the WordPress Google Maps plugin to better fit your needs. To change control setting navigate to Settings>Controls.

You can configure map controls and change their positions :
* Zoom Control. Contains + and – buttons to zoom in and zoom out the map.
* Map Type Control. Allows the users to change from roadmap to satellite view.
* Scale Control. Displays the scale of the map and can be changed.
* Street View Control. Displays a human icon and allow switching to street view for certain location.
* Fullscreen Control. Displays the map in fullscreen mode.

Rotate Control feature is only available with Satellite mode, when you have close-up view of the location and can use it to rotate the satellite-created image.

5. How can I add Circles or Rectangles to a map?

Adding Circle to WordPress Google Map

Circle is a circle-shaped overlay. Here you can define the colors, widths, radius and opacity values both for the edge of the circle (line) and its covered area (fill).

Title. You can provide a title for the circle overlay. The title will be included in Information window of the shape.
Center Address. There are three ways of adding the center of the circle- providing address, filling in longitude and latitude or right-clicking on the location on the map.
Link URL. You can link circle overlay to any URL, so that when site visitor hits the circle they will be redirected to mentioned URL. The link will be opened in a new window.
Radius (meters). Provide the radius of the circle in meters.
Show marker. Choose whether to display the marker in center address of the circle overlay or not.
Enable Info Window. In some cases (e.g. you don’t want to display marker or you want the user to learn more about the location using URL redireciton only) you can disable Information window here.
Line+Fill Color and styles. Choose the color and widths for the overlay covered area (fill) and its edge (line) by default and when hovered.
Published. Choose whether to publish the circle overlay or leave it for the further publishing.

When all settings are set up, press Add Circle button.
The created circle overlay will appear below the map within Circles tab:
The created circle will appear below the map within Circles tab: here you will have the option to filter, duplicate, edit and delete circles.

Adding Rectangle to WordPress Google Map

Rectangle is rectangle-shaped overlay for the map. When creating a rectangle you can define the colors, widths and opacity values both for the edges of the rectangle (line) and its covered area (fill). The shape gets created based on only two values/vertexes – its marker on North East point and South West. The rest of two points- North West and South East get created automatically. In case you want to change one of the edges of the shape, you can click on the marker, the vertex will be removed and you can create a new one. In addition overall shape and south west/north east markers is draggable and you can move them within the map to change the rectangle shape or rectangle location.

Title. You can provide a title for the rectangle overlay. The title will be included in Information window of the shape.
Link. You can link rectangle overlay to any URL, so that when site visitor hits the shape they will be redirected to mentioned URL. The link will be opened in a new window.
South West. Fill in longitude and latitude of the South West point or right click on the map to create the vertex.
North East. Fill in longitude and latitude of the North East point or right click on the map to create the vertex.
Show markers. Choose whether to display the marker, which are at the edges of the rectangle overlay or not.
Enable Info Window. In some cases (e.g. you don’t want to display markers or you want the user to learn more about the location using URL redirection only) you can disable Information window here.
Line+Fill Color and styles. Choose the color and widths for the overlay covered area (fill) and its edge (line) by default and when hovered.
Published. Choose whether to publish the rectangle overlay or leave it for the further publishing.

When all settings are set up, press Add Rectangle button.

The created rectangle overlay will appear below the map within Rectangles tab: here you will have the option to filter, duplicate, edit and delete rectangles.

6. Can I use Google Maps in Widgets?

Yes Google Maps WD comes with a widget. You can insert created Google Maps into a custom area depending on your theme widget areas assigning it to certain position. You can configure the Google Maps settings and define its dimension.

7. How many Google maps can I insert into a post?

The number of Google Maps per post is not limited. You can choose to display multiple Google Maps per post/page using Google Maps WD standard shortcode.

7. Are taxonomies supported in Marker categories?

If you use Pro version of Google Maps WD the option is possible to achieve. Different marker categories of the Google Maps can serve as parent category for another marker category.

9. Can I create shapes with free version of Google Maps WD?

Yes, free version of Google Maps WD allows to create polygon and polyline overlays for the maps, whereas Google Maps WD Pro version adds circle and rectangular overlays to this list.

10. How to display directions with custom Google Maps?

Google Maps WD Pro version allows to add directions tab with Google Maps displaying the standard directions process and modes of reaching from point A to point B on the Google Map.

Reviews

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Great Plugin

Great plugin so easy with full direction to business. Also was checked during crawl of google and yahoo, dead on for address of business. Thanks

Thank you

Thank you to Web-dorado for support, professional attention from Edita Nazaryan to the details. Wonderful Web-Dorado plugins and themes.

Money wasted

Very slow support or, directly, they do not answer emails. 30$ wasted. Not worth it, there are other better options.

Great plugin

I’ve been using this plugin on my website for more than a year and am very, very happy with it!

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Contributors & Developers

“Google Maps WD – Google Maps builder Plugin” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

Contributors

Changelog

1.0.50

  • Changed : Deactivation popup.
  • Added : Support forum link.

1.0.49

  • Remove: Font awesome.
  • Changed : WebDorado links.
  • Added: Support forum and Review links.

1.0.47

  • Changed: Show notification to install Backup WD plugin only on plugin pages.

1.0.46

  • Added: Notice to install Backup WD plugin

1.0.45

  • Fixed: Translations

1.0.44

  • Fixed: Updated library to prevent conflict with PHP version 7.

1.0.43

  • Added: Generate Google Maps API key button

1.0.42

  • Fixed: JS error on shortcode editor pop-up

1.0.41

  • Fixed: Center Map in fullscreen mode

1.0.40

  • Added: ordering for marker listings

1.0.39

  • Changed: Dashboard guide texts

1.0.38

  • Added: Helper bar

1.0.37

  • Fixed: Minor bugs

1.0.36

  • Changed: Dashboard menu

1.0.35

  • Fixed: Minor bugs

1.0.34

  • Changed: Deactivation

1.0.33

  • Added: Multicategory markers

1.0.32

  • Fixed: Minor bug

1.0.31

  • Added: Overview page

1.0.30

  • Fixed: Styles
  • Changed: Featured plugins

1.0.29

  • Removed: Bootstrap
  • Fixed: api key save issue

1.0.28

  • Fixed: infowindows issue

1.0.27

  • Fixed: Image max_width issue from themes

1.0.26

  • Added: Option to show categories on Store Locator

1.0.25

  • Fixed: Minor bugs

1.0.24

  • Added: Default API keys

1.0.23

  • Fixed: Bug on export
  • Fixed: Conflict with wysiwyg editor
  • Changed: phpexcel and poi fields stripslashes

1.0.22

  • Added: “Show in Info Window” option

1.0.21

  • Added: Category filter

1.0.20

  • Fixed: Minor bug

1.0.19

  • Added: Address in infowindow

1.0.18

  • Added: Option to enable Search box for google maps

1.0.17

  • Fixed: Conflicts with some plugins

1.0.16

  • Added: GMWD Marker Clustering add-on

1.0.15

  • Added: Review, User guide notices

1.0.14

  • Added: Advanced info window

1.0.13

  • Fixed: Languages bug
  • Added: Store locator header title

1.0.12

  • Changed: Show only one info window

1.0.11

  • Fixed: Minor bugs

1.0.10

  • Changed: API key notification
  • Fixed: Minor bugs

1.0.9

  • Added: Geolocation notifications and api key user manual link

1.0.8

  • Added: API Key option

1.0.7

  • Changed: Order in which the classes loaded

1.0.6

  • Fixed: Info window html format bug
  • Fixed: Bug on Firefox
  • Changed: Featured plugins

1.0.5

  • Changed: Markers saving method

1.0.3

  • Added: Text Editor for marker description

1.0.2

  • Added: Layer options

1.0.1

  • Added: Pointer for user location

1.0.0

  • Initial version