Google Maps Widget

A highly customizable Google Maps widget. Help your site find its place and give it some direction.

Requirements

To make use of this widget, go to PluginsSiteOrigin Widgets to activate the SiteOrigin Google Maps widget.

The Google Maps widget can be inserted into any theme widget area at AppearanceWidgets or any post/page using Page Builder by SiteOrigin. If you’re using the Block Editor the Google Maps widget can be inserted via a SiteOrigin Layout or SiteOrigin Widget block.

Adding a Map to a Page or Post Using Page Builder

Navigate to the page or post on which you wish to display a google map, click the desired row and cell and click Add Widget to open the Add New Widget dialogue.

Use the Add Widget dialog to search for the SiteOrigin Maps widget.

Click on the SiteOrigin Google Map widget to insert it into the chosen row and cell. Hover over the widget to display further options namely Edit, Duplicate and Delete.

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Hover over the Maps widget to edit, duplicate or delete it.

Editing a Map

To edit a map, hover over the widget and click on the Edit link. The SiteOrigin Google Map edit dialogue will appear. Here you will find the standard Widget Styles settings as well as specific SiteOrigin Google Map Settings.

The specific SiteOrigin Google Map settings are covered below.

SiteOrigin Google Maps widget settings overview.

API Key

A Google Maps API key is required for your maps widget to function correctly. For a step-by-step guide on getting an API key, please, see: Get a Key/Authentication. Once you have your API key, go to PluginsSiteOrigin Widgets, search for the Maps widget and click the Settings button. There you’ll find the following settings:

API key:
Insert your API key provided by Google.

Responsive breakpoint:
This setting controls when the map will use the mobile zoom. This breakpoint will only be used if a mobile zoom is set in the SiteOrigin Google Maps settings. The default value is 780px.

Maps widget global settings for API key and Responsive breakpoint.

Creating a Key, Enabling API’s and Entering Billing Details

In addition to creating a Google Maps API key, you’ll also need to enable the Geocoding API. If you’d like to add directions to your map, the Directions API will need to be enabled. If you’d like to use a static image map instead of an interactive map, the Maps Static API will need to be enabled.

Finally, it’s necessary to provide Google with your billing details. For help with adding your billing details, please see Add, remove, or update a payment method.

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Map Center

This is where you specify the name of a place, town, city, or even a country. It can also be an exact address.

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Define a map center.

Once you have specified the location the map will be displayed with its default settings as shown below:

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The map center displayed with a maker.

Settings

Under settings is where you set the map display options:

Map Type

There are two map types to select from; Interactive (default) and Static Image, each with its own specific settings.

Choose between an interactive or a static map.

Interactive Map

The interactive map settings include the following:

  • Height: Defined in pixels. The map width is defined by the width of the cell into which the map is inserted.
  • Zoom level: A value from 0 (the world) to 21 (street level).
  • Mobile zoom level: A value from 0 (the world) to 21 (street level). This zoom is specific to mobile devices.
  • Scroll to zoom: Allow scrolling over the map to zoom in or out.
  • Gesture Handling: Use the provided options to choose how to handle gestures on the map. Full details found in the Google Maps documentation.
    • Greedy: The map always pans (up or down, left or right) when the user swipes (drags on) the screen. In other words, both a one-finger swipe and a two-finger swipe cause the map to pan.
    • Cooperative: The user must swipe with one finger to scroll the page and two fingers to pan the map. If the user swipes the map with one finger, an overlay appears on the map, with a prompt telling the user to use two fingers to move the map. On desktop applications, users can zoom or pan the map by scrolling while pressing a modifier key (the ctrl or ⌘ key).
    • None: This option disables panning and pinching on the map for mobile devices, and dragging of the map on desktop devices.
    • Auto: Depending on whether the page is scrollable, the Maps JavaScript API sets the gesture handling property to either cooperative or greedy as below:
        • Set to cooperative if the page body is bigger than the map window, or if the Maps JavaScript API cannot determine the page size (for example, if it’s in an iframe).
        • Set to greedy, if the page body is not bigger than the map window and it’s unlikely that the user needs to scroll.

      The fullscreen control is visible by default on mobile devices, so users can easily enlarge the map. When the map is in fullscreen mode, users can pan the map using one or two fingers. Note: iOS doesn’t support the fullscreen feature. The fullscreen control is therefore not visible on iOS devices.

  • Disable default UI: Hides the default Google Maps controls.
  • Keep map centered: Keeps the map centered when it’s container is resized.
  • Fallback Image: This image will be displayed if there are any problems with displaying the specified map.
  • Fallback Image Size: Set the size of the fallback image.

Maps widget settings.

Static Image

Please note: In order to use the Static Image option, the Google Maps Static API must be enabled.

Ensure Google Maps Static API is enabled to make use of the Static Image option.

The static image map settings include Width, Height and Zoom Level, Fallback Image and Fallback Image Size, as defined above. Additionally, the following two settings are included in the Static Map section:

  • Destination URL: Enter a URL if you’d like to link your map.
  • Open in a new window: Enable to open the link a new window.

Static map settings.

Markers

Markers are used to define points of interest on the map.

The markers section, used to define points of interest.

Show marker at map center

Clicking on the checkbox displays a marker at the center of the map, based on the information you provided in the Map Center field.

Marker Icon

To replace the default map marker with your own image, click on the “Choose Media” button to select the icon from the media library.

Draggable Markers

This feature allows you to drag all markers around the map.

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Setting to enable draggable markers.

Marker Positions

To create a new marker click on “Add” under the Marker positions tab. A new marker will appear.

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Add additional marker positions.

Click on the drop-down arrow to specify the marker location or address in the “Place” field. If required, enter additional marker information as follows:

  • Info Window Content: Enter marker info window content and media.
  • Info Window max width: Set a maximum width for the marker info window in pixels.
  • Custom Marker icon: Set a custom marker icon image.

Enter the marker position location.

Continue adding as many markers as are required.

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Marker positions displayed.

Click and hold on a marker to drag it around when the draggable feature is enabled.

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Click, hold and drag to change marker positions.

When should Info Windows be displayed?

Select when marker info windows should be displayed. Choose between Click, Mouse over or Always.

Allow multiple simultaneous Info Windows?

Enable this option if you’d like users to be able to view more than one marker info window at a time. This setting is ignored when info windows are set to always display.

Styles

There are three styling options to choose from; Normal (Default styling), Custom and Raw JSON (JavaScript Object Notation).

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Choose your map styling.

Styles: Custom

Click on the Custom map style radio button to reveal additional custom styling options.

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The custom map styling interface.

Styled Map Name

Here is where you title your custom map settings. The title will appear in the top right corner of the map.

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Custom map title.

Custom Map Styles

Here is where you can style various features of the map. To add a new feature click on the “Add” button under Custom Map Styles. Click on the drop-down arrow of that style to begin editing. Continue adding as many features as you wish to edit.

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Styling the individual map elements.

  • Select map feature to style

To select which map feature you would like to style click on the drop down menu. The list includes the following features (default feature is Water):

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Select the map feature to style.

In this example, I will style the default feature, Water.

  • Select element type to style

When styling a feature you can choose to style the features Geometry, Label or both. Click on the drop-down menu to select which element you wish to style.

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Select the element type to style.

  • Visible

The visible setting allows you to turn the visibility of a feature element on or off by clicking on the checkbox.

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Toggle feature visibility.

The example below has the following settings: Map feature: Water, Element type: Geometry, Visibility: off

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Map feature: Water, Element type: Geometry, Visibility: off

  • Color

Change the color of the feature element by clicking on the “Select Color” button. Select the desired color using the color pallet or type in the color Hex (#) Value. Adjust the color intensity using the slider.

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Change the color of a feature element.

The example below has the following settings: Map feature: Water, Element type: Geometry, Color: #81d742

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Map feature: Water, Element type: Geometry, Color: #81d742

Styles: Raw JSON (JavaScript Object Notation)

Clicking on the Raw JSON radio button will reveal two additional options; Styled Map Name as explained above and the Raw JSON Styles editing window.

Here you can copy and paste predefined styles from Snazzy Maps. In the example below I used the Blue Essence styling from Snazzy Maps. Some of the styles do not work correctly with the Static Image Map Type.

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Raw JSON: Blue Essence styling from Snazzy Maps

Directions

The directions settings are used to display a route on your map, with waypoints between your starting point and destination. Please ensure you have enabled the Directions API in the Google APIs Dashboard.

Directions settings.

Starting Point and Destination

Begin by specifying the starting point and destination in the fields provided.

Mode of Travel, Avoid Highways and Avoid Tolls

Select the expected mode of travel using the drop-down menu. Options available include Driving, Walking, Bicycling and Transit.

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Specify the expected travel mode.

Select whether to avoid highways and tolls by clicking on the checkbox next to each. Based on the mode of travel you select and what routes to avoid, different travel routes will be selected. The Preserve viewport option will prevent the map from centering and zooming around the directions. Use this when you have other markers or features on your map.

Select whether to avoid highways and toll roads.

Waypoints

A waypoint is any location that you wish to be included in the travel route. A waypoint could be a point of interest or a stopover. Add a waypoint by clicking on the “Add” button under waypoints. Begin editing a waypoint by clicking on the dropdown arrow in the far right corner of that particular waypoint.

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Waypoints settings.

  • Location

Specify a waypoint location by typing the address in the location field provided. Waypoints will be indicated by a white dot on the map.

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Waypoints are indicated by a white dot.

  • Stopover

If the waypoint you wish to specify is a stopover, click on the stopover checkbox. The waypoint will now be displayed as a green marker.

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Select an option stopover.

The Starting Point, Stopover waypoints and Destination will all display in alphabetical order. Click on any of the markers to display its address.

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Click on any of the markers to display the address.

Waypoint Limits: There is a limit of 25 waypoints. For further information on pricing in this regard, please see the pricing changes documentation.

Optimize Waypoints

Clicking on the optimize waypoints checkbox allows the Google Maps service to reorder waypoints for the shortest traveling distance.