Why would you want to put a map on your own website? There could be a few reasons:
- To show people where an event is planned.
- Make it easy for people to find your business premises.
- To simply show people your favourite place in the world.
Here’s an example of a Nokia Maps embed. Play around with it.
Whatever your reason for wanting a map on your own website, Nokia Maps is really the best choice when it comes to meeting your readers needs.
If you’ve got Nokia Maps on your site your readers will be able to; see a place in Nokia Maps, get directions, and share that location via Facebook, Twitter or with a direct link.
So, that’s the front end of the plugin, let’s now explain a bit about the back end. Here’s a video shows how to add a map to your website. It’s demoed on an older version but the process is still the same.
If you’re the site owner, you must first download the latest version of Nokia Maps & Places plugin from the WordPress plugin directory – there’s a clear how-to guide over at WordPress if you’re not sure how to do this.
When it comes to inserting a map into a page, you’ll now see a little location icon above the body text field and below the headline entry field.
This launches the Nokia Maps & Places window and is where you can search for any location in the world. If the place you want to look for doesn’t exist, like a particular spot in a park, for example, right clicking on a part of the map will allow you to select that place.
Once you’ve selected the location to insert into your page, there are now some customisable options available to you. You can change the size of the embedded map, what information to leave in or out of the map, such as map controls, contact info, or actions.
With a variety of layout options, you can find the best way of showing your map to your audience. If there’s a nice photo attached to the specific location, it’s probably a good idea to use the layout that really brings the map to life.
With all the customisations complete, press finish and your map is ready to use.
If you’re a self-hosted or premium WordPress blog owner, download the Nokia Maps & Places plugin today for free.
Are you using Nokia Maps on your site? Let us know in the comments below.