Open User Map – Users can add locations from the frontend


Let your visitors add locations directly from within the map. They drop a marker on the map and provide some location details. After submit the location proposal will be “pending” and wait for your review approval to get published.


The map is based on Leaflet JS and offers you many free map styles. So you do not need an API Key, Access Token or any other external registration. There are no API request limits.

Adding locations (backend and frontend) is as simple as dropping a location marker on a map. You can search for addresses worldwide to quickly find the right spots. Use the Gutenberg Block to integrate your map or place the shortcode anywhere on your site. Close by locations will group together in clusters. This is optional.

Your visitors can add locations directly inside the map (frontend):
Just by clicking a “+”-Button a form will popup to let them enter location details the same comfortable way you do it in the backend. After submit the location proposal will be “pending” and wait for your review approval to get published.

List of free Features:
– frontend adding
– Admin approval for pending locations
– based on Leaflet
– no API Keys
– multiple map styles
– multiple marker styles
– Shortcode with optional attributes
– Gutenberg Block
– marker clustering
– fullscreen option
– custom “Thank you”-message

The PRO Version is currently under development and will launch a bunch of awesome features.

A possible use case:
You want to build a map service where your visitors can add locations on their own. This could be a travel blog or a something like our map with 500+ kite and windsurfing spots worldwide.

The possibilities are endless. We are very curious about what you are building with the help of our plugin. Please don’t hesitate to let us know or ask for feature requests in the support forum. As this plugin is under constant development we are keen to know what are the features that you need? Contact us!


  • Your map in the frontend
  • Show detail information on every location
  • Maybe try a different map style
  • ...or another one
  • Let your visitors add locations
  • The frontend popup form
  • The users Locations will be pending and wait for your approval
  • Use Marker clustering for locations that are close to each other
  • Edit Screen for Locations
  • Settings Screen
  • Integrate the map with Gutenberg Block Editor


This plugin provides 1 block.

  • Open User Map - Users can add locations from the frontend


From your WordPress dashboard

  1. Visit Plugins > Add New
  2. Search for “Open User Map”
  3. Install and activate Open User Map from your Plugins page
  4. Click on the new menu item “Open User Map” and create your first location!
  5. Use the Gutenberg Block “Open User Map” (category “Widgets”) or just use the shortcode [open-user-map] to show the map on your site.


Do I need an API Key or some external registration?

No, the plugin is based on Leaflet.js and offers you free map styles that don’t need any kind of registration.

How to integrate the map?

Use the Gutenberg Block “Open User Map” or just place the shortcode [open-user-map] anywhere in your content or integrate it within your theme template with PHP:

echo do_shortcode("[open-user-map]")

you can also override the initial map focus with shortcode attributes:

[open-user-map lat="51.50665732176545" long="-0.12752251529432854" zoom="13"]

Can I set the initial map position individualy?

If you want to override the initial map focus (settings) just use the shortcode with attributes:

[open-user-map lat="51.50665732176545" long="-0.12752251529432854" zoom="13"]

Do I need GPS coordinates?

No. Add a new location simply by droping a marker on the map. You can search for addresses as well. If you want to use GPS coordinates though, there is an option for that.

Can I use Gutenberg?

Yes! You will find the “Open User Map”-Block under widgets.

Can I use marker clustering?

Yes! This is enabled by default. You can disable it in the settings.

Can I go fullscreen?

Yes! There is a fullscreen control button on the top left of the map. You can disable it in the settings.

Can I use custom styles?

Yes, we encourage you to do so. This plugin is supposed to be developer friendly. Feel free to override the .open-user-map class in css to create your own awesome design.

I want to submit a feature request.

Please do so! You can use the support forum to let us know about your ideas helping to make this plugin better.


November 25, 2021
This plugin is just awesome. Lightweight and perfect for showing up a cluster of POI markers. Moreover with the new shortcode modification there can be done individual POI posts with a zoomed in map!! absolutely great!
November 21, 2021
Super easy to set up, even easier to add and approve user pins. Delivers what it promises. Developer responds quick and is open to suggestions to grow their plugin.
November 19, 2021
this is my first review ever and it is well deserved. I have tried many map plugins but this is the best for me, it works just great with no bugs and the developer responds quickly to suggestions and is really very nice. It's still new, but it's worth it. Apparently premium features will be added as well, I think it's worth the wait for that too.
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  • new feature: use shortcode attributes to set initial map focus


  • bugfix: escaping quotes


  • escaping single quotes from HTML input


  • better initial map position when adding new locations
  • adding plugin contributers (thanks!)


  • bugfix: fullscreen on ios
  • better initial map position when adding another location
  • better responsive styles for small screens


  • style fixes


  • style fixes


  • better styling for overlay


  • Add Fullscreen control
  • Settings: custom “Thank you”-message
  • better opt-in screen


  • basic free features
  • media assets & readme