Create maps, drop pins, and so much more!

This plugin adds a new placemark post type that allows author to create and update map content.

The author interface includes:


  • An interactive map to drop and move pins
  • A way to edit GPS by hand and make use of the geolocation on your mobile phone
  • An editable set of drop-down lists for picking locations
  • An alternative text area to describe the location


  • An editable drop-down of marker types and associated icons
  • An optional title
  • Optional bubble text
  • Optional link

** Optional **
The locations and marker types can be set by an administrator. This allow the you to:

  • Customize the types of markers includeing the image
  • Set a custom taxonomy for locations, allowing authors to zoom in to campus, building, floor, etc…
  • Add image overlays to each location, including floorplans.

To embed the maps a simple short code is used. You can limit which type of placemarks will show up on each map.

A basic API allows you to pull out the data for other mapping systems.


  • Demo of how the plugin works with custom locations and marker images
  • How a map might look on a post page
  • Creating a new 'Placemark'
  • With the settings you can customize the types of placemarks, locations and icons available.
  • And then we embed a map!


  1. Upload the placemarks folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  3. Create some new placemarks
  4. Include the shortcode [placemarks] on any page or post


What can the shortcode do?

[placemarks types=”list of type names” ids=”list of placemarker ids” lat=# lng =# zoom=# width=”” height=”” alt=true/false]

Everything after placemark is optional:

  • types: String. List of types slugs to include on the map “type, foo bar” (shows all by default)
  • locations: String. List of location slugs to include on the map “location-1,location-2”. can be used with types to further limit.
  • ids: String. List of placemarker ids – handy if you only want 1, or 2. Can be used with types and locatiosn to help limit.
  • lat: Number. Use lat+lng+zoom to choose an initial map view (defaults to show all pins)
  • lng: Number. Use lat+lng+zoom to choose an initial map view (defaults to show all pins)
  • zoom: Number. Use lat+lng+zoom to choose an initial map view (defaults to show all pins)
  • width: String. Change the width of the map (default ‘100%’)
  • height: String. Change the height of the map (default ‘400px’)
  • alt: True/False. A text list of all the markers shows under th map by default. This can be used to turn it off.
How do I edit the locations and types drop-downs?

Go to Settings -> Placemarks. Here you can use JSON to create custom lists. For example:

Marker Types (JSON): name and src are required

{ "types": [
    {"name":"Default", "src":""},
    {"name":"Hot", "src":""}

Locations (JSON): name and slug are required. slug should always be unique

{"locations": [

Optionally, you can also include: lat, lng, zoom. Together, these control the map when selected in the admin interface.

{"locations": [

Each location can also include locations. This can be used to create hierarchies of select lists!

{"locations": [
    {"name":"Oregon","slug":"or", "locations":[
    {"name":"Washington","slug":"wa", "locations":[

Contributors & Developers

“Placemarks” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.




  • Bug fix: 2.0.0 was missing function files


  • Feature: Setting can now be changed at the network level
  • Feature: Basic API for pulling data: /placemarks-data/


  • Bug fix: Lots of bug fixes
  • Update: Marker types should now include slug. Allows you to change the name without breaking everything. Will work fine without slug for now.
  • Update: All placemarks list view updated.
  • Feature: Icon on map updates as you change type.
  • Feature: Allow for overlay images in Locations JSON!
  • Feature: Data page /placemarks-data/ to act as api for external maps


  • Bug fix: Only set up map if map_canvas is found on page


  • Bug fix: Fixed comment error on pages with shortcode


  • Bug fix: Only enqueue js on placemark admin pages
  • Bug fix: Fix error on pages with comments
  • Feature: Add edit link to each placemark on map


  • First version to be released.