Pin, organize & show your favorite places & tracks through OpenStreetMap, Google Maps, KML, Bing Maps, APIs or Augmented-Reality browsers
I tried 2 other map plugins, and this one was by far the most user-friendly and feature-complete. One of the other plugins had a horrible UI, and wasn't very clear how to achieve anything, and the other was extremely greedy, and required payment for even the simplest of features. I get supporting developers (I'm one myself), but giving someone a car, without the keys, isn't acceptable; you pay for the new rims, and nitro upgrade, not keys :D
As for this plugin, the UI is clean, the options described in a way that is easy to understand, and the flexibility is great. The best thing about this plugin, is the ability to add links (for free) to your markers on the map. I needed to make markers for restaurants and bars, and link to the corresponding pages on the marker popup, which this app allowed me to do, while others did not.
All in all, a very nice plugin, with (seemingly) great support, and a lot of great features. As long as the free version remains this complete, and the paid version brings more to the table, I'll definitely support this plugin and developer.
The Maps Marker Plugin works like a ten-people-developer-unit.
very good, excellent support.
This plugin is phenomenal! All of the options can be a bit overwhelming at first, but that just goes to show how much you can do with it. Big ups for Responsive layout compatiblity.
After a few days with this plug-in, here is my take, which may help others get started.
Leaflet Maps Marker is a brilliant plug-in for WordPress which lets you embed scrollable and zoomable maps into your WordPress pages. Nearly all the configuration is done from the WordPress back-end and for simple tasks the learning curve is very short. If you just want a map with a few markers on it with pre-selected icons (and there are lots to chose from), you will be up and running in no time. For more sophisticated maps, the way the layers, customizable base maps, WMS data and “overlays” work take some time to understand but there is lots you can do with these.
A marker is defined within its own map and can be displayed without assigning it to a “layer”. To display multiple markers, you assign them to the same layer and show that layer on your map. Several layers can be added to a “multi-layer”. You can't have a marker assigned to more than one layer, but you can have a layer on several different multi-layers so it is very flexible. Our site has a map in each section and they share some markers but not others. MapsMarker does this painlessly. You can put anything into a marker's pop-up and there's a link to Google's directions by default!
Base maps can be selected from pre-defined sets: OpenStreetMap, MapQuest, Google, Bing as well as Cloudmade and MapBox. There are also three “custom basemap” settings which you can point to a TMS or WMTS but not, apparently, a WMS server. UK users may regret the apparent lack of support for OSOpenSpace (with its fixed SRS and variable tile size).
WMS data can be added to any map, but they are not user-switchable. The site admin determines whether or not they show on each map. There are 10 configurable settings, each of which could pull multiple layers from its server. The data is displayed in the style(s) determined by the server, which may not be ideal. There is no opacity setting for overlaying filled polygons. Also, you cannot choose which zooms the data is displayed at.
“Overlays” are different. They are user switchable. Site admin determines which overlays are available and at which zooms, (global settings for all maps,) and which are turned on for each map when that map is first loaded. There is also an opacity setting so you can fade out filled polygons to your taste. Overlays use WMTS or TMS servers but not WMS. You can make your own tile sets (with other software) and store them on your own website, so again it's very flexible. It's a pity there are only 4 settings provided, and it would be nice if you could choose for each map which of these overlays are available to site users.
Support for vectors (routes and tracks, for example) appears limited, (non-existent?) and there is currently no facility for allowing user input to the map. There is, however, an API which allows remote creation of markers, so user input could probably be programmed using that.
Very intuitive and smart plugin + superb support.
The only thing I miss is adding polygons or other shapes to maps indicating areas, not points only. But AFAIK it is planned already :-)
i have been playing with this plugin for a long time and i saw it getting better and better
easy and highly customizable, if you need to work with maps without considering some hassle, well this is for you!
Being new to WordPress, but an "old hat" with GIS, I found MapsMarker to be an extremely professional solution in structure, presentation and functionality. While I know I still have many features to explore, I cannot wait for the Pro version. A particularly nice feature is the ability to integrate with a PC "GIS-feed", e.g. from Excel, via MySql table import functionality. Excellent work.
Ahead of the curve and very customizable. Very useful.
I have going back and forth between developping my sites on drupal or WP with the Mapping as the main target for mu sites. Using Map Maker is clearly the winner on WP due to the simplicity. I am not interested in the technical bits but know what I want in presentation and user interface :-)
Its Clear that Robert is serious and keep his ears to the ground to help users while also develop the Pro version. Which I cant wait to see as there are functions i will need asap.
Keep up the good work we are thousands who see it and appreciate the quick responses and interactions.
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