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Maps Builder - Google Maps WordPress Plugin

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One WordPress Google Maps plugin to rule them all. Maps Builder is intuitive, sleek, powerful and easy to use. Forget the rest, use the best.

Description

Maps Builder isn't just another Google Maps plugin. It's built from the ground up to be the easiest, most intuitive, and fastest Google Maps plugin for WordPress. Visually build powerful customized Google Maps to use on your WordPress site quickly and easily without ever having to touch a bit of code.

Plugin Highlights:

  • Google Places API integration - Display nearby business locations and points of interest complete with ratings, custom marker icon
  • Snazzy Maps integration - Create truly unique Google Map themes that look great with any design powered by Snazzy Maps.
  • Unique Marker Icons - The only plugin with Map Icons integration; set icon and marker colors for truly unique markers
  • Intuitive UI that seamlessly integrates with WordPress' - no eye sores or outdated interfaces here
  • Small Footprint - GMB does not create any new database tables, not even one
  • Optimized - All scripts and styles are optimized and packaged with Grunt
  • Supported and Developed We developed this plugin with high quality code, that's tested and supported. Find a bug or have an issue? Let us know. We'll fix it.

Marker Creation

Google Maps builder features a simple "Point and Click" marker creation system. As well, you can add markers using an intuitive Google autocomplete search field. As well, **Bulk edit marker data ** using meta fields attached to each marker's content.

Map Themes

Want to add some pazazz to your maps? Snazzy Maps themes are baked right in to Google Map Builder. This means your maps can stand out, fit into any design, and look unique and intriguing.

Granular Map Control

Fine tune your Google Maps with full control over settings for street view, zooming, panning, dragging, and more. Set defaults for each controls so each new map you create is just the way you like it.

Actively Developed and Supported

This plugin is currently being actively developed, which means consistent improvements and enhancements. As well, we won't shy away from bug fixes and further code refractoring and optimization.

Installation

This section describes how to install the plugin and get it working.

Using The WordPress Dashboard

  1. Navigate to the 'Add New' in the plugins dashboard
  2. Search for 'Google Maps Builder'
  3. Click 'Install Now'
  4. Activate the plugin on the Plugin dashboard

Uploading in WordPress Dashboard

  1. Navigate to the 'Add New' in the plugins dashboard
  2. Navigate to the 'Upload' area
  3. Select google-maps-builder.zip from your computer
  4. Click 'Install Now'
  5. Activate the plugin in the Plugin dashboard

Using FTP

  1. Download google-maps-builder.zip
  2. Extract the google-maps-builder directory to your computer
  3. Upload the google-maps-builder directory to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  4. Activate the plugin in the Plugin dashboard

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. *What sets this plugin apart from all the other Google Maps plugins for WordPress?

There are a number features and functionality that set Maps Builder apart from the many WordPress Google Maps plugins. For starters, we promise this plugin will always have a light footprint. No extra tables or unnecessary overhead. Furthermore, the plugin is built from the ground up to be both easy and fun to use.

We have placed extra care and attention on the map creation process and are always looking to improve the UI with enhancements. It's our goal to integrate the plugin with the native WordPress admin UI without adding any distracting visuals. Finally, there are a number of additional features such as built in integration with Google Places and Routes APIs, Snazzy Maps, many marker icon libraries, and more. We suggest you give it for a test drive.

  1. *Do I need a Google Maps API Key to use this plugin?

No. You do not need a Google Maps API plugin to use this plugin but if you would like to track your usage you can enter it into the plugin settings screen.

  1. *Does this plugin create any new database tables?

Unlike many other Google Maps plugins, Google Maps Builder does not create a single new table in your WordPress database. There is no added database overhead or foreign MySQL queries. It's our guarantee that this plugin will never leave an orphaned table in your WordPress database.

  1. *Where can I find the shortcodes for each map I create?

You can find the shortcodes for each map on the post listing screen, within the post itself in the TinyMCE Map Builder button.

  1. *What the heck is a shortcode and how do I use it?

Maps Builder works by creating a plugin specific WordPress shortcode. You can easily add maps to your posts with the Map Builder button integrated within the TinyMCE WordPress editor. You may also copy the shortcode for a specific map and enter in into a widget or directly within a metafiend. As well, you can use the WordPress do_shortcode() function to use it within your theme template files or plugins for further customization.

  1. *Does this plugin include a widget for displaying maps?

Yes! In the free version there is a basic widget for adding maps to sidebars. Upgrade to Pro for more control.

  1. How do I report a bug?

We always welcome your feedback for improvements or if you have uncovered a bug. To report a bug please use the WordPress.org support forum or this GitHub repo issues trackers.

  1. *Who is behind this plugin? WordImpress.com developed this and many more plugins. Check them all out at WordImpress.com.