Integrate the Power of “Where” with Interactive Maps in WordPress Blogs

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Bloggers can now Include Amazing Maps in Blog Posts, with Free Web Maps for WordPress plug-in

Web Maps for WordPress (http://bit.ly/mapthiswp132) is an easy and affordable (how about free?) way to add professional looking maps to your blog posts. You don’t have to be a geographer, GeoGeek, or GIS pro to use this. If you happen to be one of those, you may really dig the Pro version, which allows you to connect your ArcGIS Online content with your WordPress blog.

The Web Maps for WordPress plugin integrates the power of “where” into your pages and posts with interactive maps exposing authoritative content. Web Maps for WordPress is designed to bridge the gap between authoritative and community created maps registered with ArcGIS Online and WordPress (the most widely used CMS on the market). Using the plug-in, search public maps available from ArcGIS Online. All public web maps registered with ArcGIS Online that have a name or contain tags matching your keywords will be returned.

What is it?

Using Web Maps for WordPress, quickly search and add interactive maps to your pages or posts using the “Add a Map” button. Designed similar to the “Add Media” button, users now have one-click access to insert a map inside a blog post. Search millions of publicly shared maps, accessible via ArcGIS Online, and embed them in your blog using Web Maps for WordPress.

Adding a Map is Easy

While editing pages or posts, you’ll notice the addition of an “Add Map” button next to “Add Media”. Designed to provide WordPress users with a streamlined process, the Add Map button makes it easy to embed web maps in pages and posts. Similar to the way the Add Media button allows users to import a variety of content, Add Map puts millions of interactive maps at the fingertips of bloggers, website creators, media outlets, and news organizations.

Once you select a map, you can choose to configure a variety of settings before the map is embedded. Size, Show Zoom Control, Show Scale Bar, Show Legend, Show Description, Show Location Search, Show Basemap Selector, and Show “View Larger Map” Link are some of the customization options. Then, you can set your own custom map extents and create a map marker to display. (Embedded maps are fully interactive, which means that users can zoom in/out and identify features on the map.)

Sample Uses


• Add a simple Contact us locator map on your contact page

• Include a map that relates to the location of a news story (for example, White House, Washington, DC)

• Add a map sharing the location of a brewery, pub, distillery, winery or restaurant – perfect for foodies, beer bloggers and travel blogs.


Getting Started

Web Maps for WordPress gives anyone the ability to integrate the power of “where” into blog posts with interactive maps exposing authoritative content. This add-on for the world’s most popular CMS is designed to bridge the gap between authoritative maps registered with ArcGIS Online and WordPress. But don’t worry, anyone can use this!

Web Maps for WordPress is available in Free or Pro options. Start adding maps right away with the free plug-in by using the “add a new plug-in” option in WordPress. Simply select add new plug-in, then search “web maps”, or get it directly from the WordPress.org repository at https://wordpress.org/plugins/web-maps-for-wp/

See more, including samples and instructions - http://www.geo-jobe.com/arcgis-tips/add-arcgismaps-to-wordpress-blogs/

About GEO Jobe

Founded in 1999, GEO Jobe (@geojobegis) is a geospatial industry leader that currently has three Top apps in the ArcGIS Marketplace including Admin Tools for ArcGIS Online, Mapfolio, MapLapse and the GeoPowered Cloud. GEO Jobe was an early adopter of the ArcGIS Online platform and always strives to extend and push the limits of what is possible using the platform. GEO Jobe has been an Esri business partner for many years and has received multiple awards from Esri including the 2015 Innovative Marketplace Provider and the 2013 Organization Use of ArcGIS Online award.

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