Am so excited, this map of mine is shaping up so nicely, and I can't wait to flesh it all out! Happy, happy, joy, joy!
I can't wait to go all the way Pro Plus Plus Plus whatever comes down the line! It will be exciting!
You can see the maps' current iteration here ... http://the-rv-life.com/rv-resources/rv-maps-visuals/rv-dealer-locator-map-usa-canada/
Check out the slick little icons I found for this map ... for my application/use/map, they are perfect! Thanks to Josh here ... http://www.906graphics.com/2011/04/50-free-u-s-state-vector-icons/
The plugin is doing what I wanted it to do, it's relatively easy to follow, yes there is tiddle of a learning curve, but that's the way it goes with everything in 'computerland' ... within hours I was humming along and understood what went where, ... and if you do have an issue/question, no worries, support is awesome, consider yourself fortunate to have stumbled upon this plugin.
Now, setting up the data for a map like this is easy. It's very straight-forward. You are using a spreadsheet, with specific column headers, and you just fill in the data.
If you have a lot of data, yes, it can be tedious, true, but once it's done, you have a masterpiece on your hands!
If you're good with with your basic simple-dimple csv, tsv, file formats, MS Word and its 'Find and Replace' function, and some MS Excel to manipulate and control the data, and then sprinkle in a little 'geocoding' for good measure, but that's not that difficult at all, and with the geocoding website that Nick / WP GoogleMaps links over to, it's a copy and paste event, you can do this!
All of that is time-consuming, but the plugin makes it sooooooo manageable and understandable, and just look at the results on this map!!! ... and it's only going to get better because there is an add-on that will de-clog the view and looks of this map, I think it's the 'Gold Add On' I am referring to, and I cannot wait to add that feature on to this map.
I firmly believe that this map, and other maps I have mentally planned will be a major attraction for this website and a very useful tool, and a great experience for the visitor ... isn't that what data sharing and website building are about, useful, pertinent, valuable information?
Thank you Nick for putting out a great plugin with superb support!
You've got a raving fan here!