Who doesn’t know the Google Maps? It helps almost all of us to find our way through the city jungle while providing useful information.
Such that, if you are running a business and want to provide your users or customers the way to easily find your office then you can use the same Google Maps to guide them. More often than not, the success of your business may hinge on how easily can your customers find their way to your office location.
The good thing is, Google itself provides you with the required embedding code to display the Map. However, it is not the most customizable or easy to use.
So, to make things a bit easier and user-friendly you can use the Google Maps Widget Pro. In case you are wondering, here’s how to use it.
Features of Google Maps Widget Pro
Google Maps Widget pro has several features built into it to make this much easier and faster. Below are some good features you will get using this plugin.
Do remember the below list is not exhaustive.
- Google Maps Widget pro is available in both free and pro version.
- Multiple thumbnail image formats including jpg, gif, and png.
- The plugin supports multiple pins and custom pin bubbles.
- No matter what type of map you are creating, there are 1500+ pins for you.
- Hidden sidebar widget to easily create and handle shortcodes.
- 4 different thumbnail and interactive map modes.
- Fully customize and control pins on thumbnail maps and interactive maps.
- Multiple thumbnail map colors.
- Fullscreen lightbox support for interactive maps.
- Shortcode support lets you add the map anywhere on your site.
- Export and import widget tools and settings.
- Lets you optimize the JS and CSS for faster loading.
- and many more.
Installation and Usage of Google Maps Widget Pro
Like I said before, using Google Maps Widget Pro is simple and easy. To start off, download Google Maps Widget and install it like any other plugin. Once installed, open the plugin settings page by navigating to “Settings > Google Maps Widget.”
Here, the first thing you need to do is enter the Google Maps API key. Thankfully, you can easily create your own API key from the Google Developer Console. You can find the detailed instructions here.
Once you have the API, paste it in the blank field and click on the button “Test API Key.” If everything goes as it should, you will see a confirmation message something like this. Just click on the button “Ok” to close the dialog box.
The good thing about Google Maps Widget Pro is the plugin is configured optimally out of the box. That being said you can track the activities of your map in Google Analytics as Events. Just select the checkbox “Track with Google Analytics” and then click on the button “Save Changes” to apply the settings.
Once you are done with the settings, you can add the Google Maps widget to your site. To do that, navigate to “Appearance > Widgets.”
Here, find the Google Maps Widget and drag and drop onto your widget area. This action will show you many options to configure the map.
Just enter the map address, map size, select the pin color, map type, etc., and click on the button “Save” to save the changes.
That’s all there is to do. You’ve successfully added Google Maps to your website.
By default, the plugin will only display the Google Maps as a thumbnail image to reduce the loading time. However, as soon as you click on it, it will open the interactive map in the lightbox.
All in all, if you are running a business or if you want to show your location on your WordPress site then the Google Maps Widget plugin is a must have. The plugin makes it easy and doesn’t bog down your site with unnecessary clutter or requests.
Moreover, the plugin is also available for free. So, do give the plugin a try. After all, with over 100,000 installs, a 4.8 rating is a good thing.
Do comment below to share your thoughts and experiences about using the Google Maps Widget pro to display maps on your WordPress website.