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twitcher is an easy to use plugin for geo-tagging visitor wildlife sightings on a Google map. You can display all placemarks on a large map. It utili

How do I use this plug-in?

Add a new post and add the shortcode [twitcher-map] and then save it. The map will be displayed and people will be able to add a contribution. To display the map in the sidebar ensure your theme allows text widget boxes to run shortcodes and add [twitcher-map1] to display a non-interactive version of the map. You can make your theme shortcode friendly in widget text boxes by adding the following to your theme functions file: add_filter( 'widget_text', 'shortcode_unautop'); add_filter( 'widget_text', 'do_shortcode');

Can I filter out markers by category on the larger map?

Yes, just enter the [twitcher-map] attribute cat_slug or cat_id for the category you want to display on the map. This will only fetch and display markers for the provided category on the [twitcher-map]. For example: [twitcher-map cat_id="3"] ,will display only records that have the category with id 3.

What does each colour market mean?

The different colour markers represent how long ago the sighting was made. The colours are:

Red - within the last 24 hours

Dark green - between 1 day and 3 days ago

Light green - between 4 days and 7 days ago

Orange - between 8 days and 14 days ago

Dark grey - between 15 and 30 days ago

Light grey - over 30 days ago.

I plan at some stage to give you the option to change these time periods through the plug-in admin screen but this is a to do at some later stage.

The timing is based on the number of hours since the posting was made so there may be some slight discrepancies in actual day number if the post was made in the afternoon and you are viewing the map in the morning. This is something I plan on cleaning up in the future at some time.

Can I change the markers to my own design?

Yes you can. Since Twitchers 2.0 the markers are custom icons and do not use ones called from the Google api.

However at the moment you have to replace the icons manually, you will find them in the images folder of the plug-in. Just swap the relevant markers with your own design - but remember to keep the png file the same dimensions and keep the file name the same otherwise the plug-in will not be able to find it. To enable your own custom icons to be used I have not mapped the click area to bring up the infobox. As it stands the entire png image is a click area.

I do plan on some time in the future to add image upload options to the admin page so you can upload your own personal icons without having to change it in the images folder. This is a to do feature so is not currently available.

Requires: 3.0 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.6.0
Last Updated: 2013-8-22
Downloads: 941

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