A non-technical user would like me to embed a Google Map into a WordPress-powered site. She needs the ability to add markers using a simple mechanism, and to link those markers to pages within the site.

Ideally I (as administrator) would have the ability to

  • use Styles on the basemap (eg, don't show roads)
  • write JavaScript which controlled map interactions (eg, restrict zooming to just 2 levels)
  • access advanced Google Maps functionality (eg, marker clustering)

There is no shortage of Google Maps plugins for WordPress, so my questions are:

  1. Can anyone on GIS.SE recommend any particular plugin?
  2. Do any of them allow customised JavaScript to run? (they appear to be aimed a non-GIS endusers)


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    I'm experimenting with google-maps-v3-shortcode/ and it seems pretty good. It lacks some of my "wish list" items but does allow easy marker updating via a Fusion Tables document, which my user could easily accomplish – Stephen Lead Nov 10 '11 at 1:11
  • A simpler option may be to design a stand-alone map using HTML, CSS and JavaScript, and upload it somewhere. Then simply embed it into a WordPress Page using an iFrame. Any reasons why this would be a bad idea? – Stephen Lead Nov 10 '11 at 4:17
  • possible duplicate of How to implement Google Map to WordPress site? – Devdatta Tengshe Oct 20 '13 at 15:55

it seems you need some level of map behavior customization. what I suggest is to develop the solution with OpenLayers, it's a Javascript client mapping framework that let's you:

  • you can easily introduce a map inside any web site, wordpress included
  • Use Google Maps as base layers (roads, aerials and aerials with labels, switching betweeb them)
  • add markers to the map clicking on it, customize markers symbology (for example clustering based on the zoom level)
  • restrict and customize map interactions (panning, zooming, etc.)
  • and many more things

Hope this helps

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