Many apps and websites today are either map-based or integrate maps in some way. Why? Because tech entrepreneurs saw the importance of geography. Businesses were quick recognize the importance of geography in reaching their customers and expanding their operations.
Despite the innovations in online business models—where small businesses can sell their products or services without a brick & mortar store, or a commercial office space—location is still very important.
So how can you integrate a map on your website? If WordPress is your webhost, then you’re in luck, because it has a variety of free plugins that you can easily install.
Here are some of the 5 best WordPress map plugins to check out. We’ve listed their pros and cons to help you find the right fit.
1. Embed Google Map
The premier Google Maps plugin for WordPress. It’s reliable and easy to install. Many users have downloaded and rate it highly, which speaks of its popularity. However, the plugin is at a basic level, which is its appeal (e.g. usability), but for those looking for more customization, it can be quite limited.
Pros: Easy to install and integrate on your WordPress page. It has a proven track record in terms reliability.
Cons: Too limited for users seeking more customization.
2. MapPress Easy Google Maps
MapPress Easy Google Maps’ name is very fitting, because it’s easy to install and use. Its interactive design is sleek and makes it easy on the eyes and on the keyboard.
Pros: Interactive design and comprehensive settings page, which allows for easy customization.
Cons: Vague documentation guide. The free version is somewhat limited.
3. Maps Builder – Google Maps Plugin
The cool thing about Maps Builder is that it features a full screen live map builder. Another helpful feature is that it can integrate Google Places API.
Pros: User-friendly live map builder; easy customization; Google Places API integration.
Cons: If users accidentally use an older version, it could delete your custom markers and make you start from scratch. So be sure to download the most updated version.
4. WP Google Maps
This is perhaps the easiest maps plugin to use, especially if you’re a novice in working with WordPress. Its free version will allow you to create custom markers.
Pros: Responsive maps and easy to use.
Cons: Although the free version is jam-packed, they do hold back the best features for the pro version.
5. Basic Google Maps Placemarks
This primary feature of this plugin is the creation of custom markers. If you’re a business owner, you can put your company’s logo or simply use an eye-catching design, such as a giant red pin. It’s easy to use and install.
Pros: Easy to customize icons and packed with features. The documentation is also easy to follow.
Cons: Users have complained about bugs that disrupt the function of the plugin. Make sure to download the latest version. The support can also be horrendous, so patience is a must.