Easy Embedding a Google Map With Multiple Markers To Your Site
Embedding a Google map into WordPress is quick and easy, here is how you can do it.
Including a Google Map with multiple markers on your website can really help you obtain that slight edge over your competition, especially if your business is present in more than one location. However, while useful, embedding a Google Map requires a bit of digging and if you are not really a technical wizard, you may find it too complex.
This is why we have decided to explain it in two different ways so that everyone can do it successfully:
1. Using a GoogleMapsWidget Plugin
The easiest way to embed a Google Map in order to show all the locations which are relevant to your business would be to use this plugin for your WordPress site. So far, over 80,000 people are using it and for a good reason. According to Nick Wilson, who is the head of IT for Edu Geeks Club, GoogleMapsWidget becomes operational as soon you install it:
“This means that you don’t need to alter your website’s code manually or republish it. Also, unlike traditional maps, these maps only require 1 request, which means you get to keep your page speed, as well. In addition to that, it’s not short on options either, since it offers stuff like information bubbles, street view, direction, clustering, and almost everything else you would expect from a Google Map.”
2. Embedding Your Google Map Manually
What you need to do is access Google Maps, provided that you are already logged in, and go to Your Maps. Then, go to Maps tab and click on Create Map. Inside a new window, you will need to name your new map and save it. Take a look at the following screenshot:
You can begin adding locations to the map by clicking on the Add marker button, as indicated by a blue arrow and a magnifying glass. When adding a location manually, you will need to give it a name and save it. A location which is added manually is marked by a red arrow in the image above. If you would like to add an existing location to your map, you can do so by looking it up using the search box. Once the location has been found, just click on Add to map to add it to your Google Map.
You can add multiple locations by opening the map which you have created and then clicking on the Add marker button. From there, as already explained, you can add your locations manually or by using the search box.
Now that you have added the locations, you need to embed your map. First, you will need to make your map public by clicking on Share, and then selecting On-Public on the web, and saving the changes. Then, select the Embed on my site option.
In a new window, you will receive an HTML Fragment which you will need to use on your Create account, by choosing the page to which you want to add the map.
After you have pasted the code, save the changes, and publish an updated version of your website. Your map should now be on your website, and showing all of the locations which you have added. If you are still not sure about how to manage HTML Fragments, you can look it up here.
If you want to make your own map to embed into your website and you are looking for a tool that converts input text into coordinates, you can use a geocode, here is an example: Canada geocode.
Adding a Google Map to your website not only makes it easier for your visitors to find your business, but it also inspires trust, because potential customers can look up the details of your business, such as shopping hours, address, and even your storefront by using street view. Now that you know not just one, but two ways how to do it, start making use of it today. Embedding a google map in WordPress is easy so go ahead and do it!
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