Best Google Maps Plugins for WordPress

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In this post we take a look at how Google Maps works and examine the best Google Maps plugins for WordPress. Everything from a simple map for one location to maps showing user's search results!
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Before we start looking at any plugins, it’s good to review the way Google Maps work.

There are several components in the Google Maps API family, all of which can be found on the Google Maps API Family page. When working with WordPress, we are mainly interested in two of these APIs:

Static maps are practically images with no functionality. Including a static map into your page is as simple as inserting some HTML. There are several parameters that can be set which you can find an explanation of here.

On the other hand, JavaScript-powered maps have all the functionality you can see when accessing the Google Maps webpage. The Google Maps Javascript API Version 3 is now the official Javascript API and you should, therefore, be wary of plugins that use V2 as this might mean they are no longer being maintained. With V2 you also have the added step of having to include an API key to be able to use Google Maps.

Now that we know how Google Maps work, let’s take a look at the best Google Maps plugins for WordPress.

Toolset Maps

Toolset Maps is designed to make it easy to build and display detailed maps wherever you want on your website. 

Toolset Maps come from the team behind Toolset which specializes in adding some of the most important features for building advanced websites – such as maps – without wasting time on complex PHP coding.

With Toolset Maps, you can completely customize your maps with features including:

  • Results on a map with multiple filters
  • A distance filter
  • Add custom field addresses
  • Customize the controls for your maps
  • Customize your markers – including with clusters and different colors for different types of content
  • Display maps in multiple languages using WPML
  • Present search results on a map
  • Focus the map on a marker
  • Display post fields when you click on a marker
  • Allow users to pick up a pinpoint location from the map

Toolset Maps is integrated with the major themes and plugins so you will have no problem implementing it on your website.

Get Toolset Maps

WP Google Maps

WP Google Maps

The easiest to use Map Plugin! Create custom Google Maps with high quality markers containing locations, descriptions, images and links. Add your customized Google map to your WordPress posts and/or pages quickly and easily with the supplied shortcode. No fuss. no iFrames and super easy to use!

Key Features

  • WP Google Maps uses the latest Google Maps API (V3)
  • Super easy to use, no coding required!
  • Create as many map markers as you need by simply typing in the address.
  • Edit your markers with the click of a button.
  • Google Maps Streetview supported.
  • Define your own width, height and zoom level for your Google Map.
  • Create a map in less than a 30 seconds!
  • WordPress 3.0 friendly.
  • No advertising or links.

Get WP Google Maps

Maps Marker Pro


Maps Marker Pro allows you to pin, organize and share your favourite spots and tracks throughout your WordPress powered site easily. You can use maps from OpenStreetMap, Google Maps, Google Earth, Bing Maps or custom maps and additionally display your spots and tracks in innovative ways like through augmented-reality browsers.

The list of features on offer in Maps Marker Pro is very thorough. It includes such things as using integrated address search (Google Places API) to quickly find your places, 800 custom free map icons, popup description text or images for each marker, and simple shortcodes to incorporate the maps into any posts, pages, widgets or templates.


You can show directions to your locations using various services including Google Maps and YourNavigation. Some of the other features on offer only with this Pro version include minimaps, mobile optimised maps, HTML5 fullscreen maps, custom Google Maps styling and much more.

For a better look at what Maps Marker Pro can really do you can view their demos and even try it out for yourself by creating your own map.

Get Maps Marker Pro – Plugin

Mapify plugin allows 100% control over a map anywhere within your WordPress site, whether you choose to stick with Google Maps, or to use your very own images. It enhances Google Maps with custom pin-point graphics, limitless locations, and pop-up galleries, but also allows the use of ANY custom map image of your choosing, all while keeping the great zoom (2 levels of zoom with custom images, unlimited in Google Maps mode) and pan effect of Google maps!

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MapPress provides an easy way to create great-looking Google Maps and driving directions in your blog. The feature I like best from this plugin is the ability to drag and drop a marker onto the map. This is a great feature that is not found in any other plugins. There are loads of options you can set in its options panel.

MapPress also has a PRO version (paid plugin) which gives you extra features like:

  • Marker icons: set different icons for each marker.  More than 200 icons are included – or you use your own!
  • Mashups: easily add a “mashup” overview map link to individual blog posts
  • Widgets: easily add maps or mashups to your sidebar with MapPress widgets
  • Custom fields: automatically create maps from addresses stored in custom fields
  • Marker list: add a clickable table listing the markers on each map
  • Remove link: remove the MapPress Pro link from the map

Although this is really a great plugin, I don’t like the fact that it inserts a ‘Powered by MapPress’ link at the bottom of your map.

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Interactive World Maps

world maps

This is a WordPress plugin to create as many maps as you want, with interactive and colored markers, continents, countries or regions.

You will be able to show hundreds of different kinds of maps, already included:

  • A map of the entire world.
  • A continent or a sub-continent. (Africa, Europe, Americas, Asia, Oceania and all their sub-continents)
  • A country. (virtually all the countries in the world are included, featuring the most requested: USA, United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Brazil, India, Australia…)
  • A country divided by its regions.
  • A state in the United States.
  • The United States divided by metropolitan areas.
  • A state in the United States divided by metropolitan areas.

Where to use it?

This plugin is perfect for:

  • Travel Websites – Create maps to display destinations and link to pages about a specific location
  • Traveler Website – Display a map with destinations/countries visited
  • Multinational Companies – Create maps of the cities/countries where they operate
  • Small Companies – Show the location of the business in a country map
  • NGO’s – Create maps of NGO projects around the world
  • Infographics – Display simple to read maps with various information
  • And much more other applications! Be creative!

Get Interactive World Maps

Geo Mashup

This plugin lets you save location information with posts, pages, and other WordPress objects. These can then be presented on interactive Google maps in many ways.

Geo Mashup, like WordPress, has a simple interface for basic features, templates for control of output, and APIs for endless customization options. Some popular features are:

  • Use Google Maps v2 or v3, or OpenStreetMap as a map provider.
  • Global maps can present your posts in many ways They can show just one category or custom post type, for example Clicking on a post marker shows a customizable summary of the post or page in an info window
  • Location can be saved for all post types (including pages) users, and comments
  • Synchronize Geodata with the Geo location mobile client and other plugins
  • Support for both standard WordPress shortcodes and template tags to add maps to your site.
  • Reverse geocoding to fill in address information for locations
  • GeoRSS automatically added to feeds
  • Attach KML files to posts and pages
  • Connect category markers with a colored line

If you need features that are aren’t listed here, check the documentation and the tag reference.

Get Geo Mashup

Google Maps

Google Maps is distinguished with its ease of use, live preview function, built-in icon maker feature,store locator function,  various available map themes and skins, and wide options for customization. It supports road, traffic, satellite, terrain and hybrid map styles and enables you to add polygon, polyline, circle and rectangle overlays on the maps. The plugin comes with directions feature, which allows you to suggest routes to different points with bicycle, traffic and transit modes. You can add unlimited number of markers on the maps and create custom marker icons that will best match your website’s tone and feel.

Key features

  • Responsive design
  • Unlimited markers
  • Live preview possibility
  • Customizable map themes and skins
  • Custom icon builder
  • Advanced marker listing options
  • Store locator
  • User geolocation
  • Advanced layer support

Get Google Maps

Interactive Map Builder for WordPress


The Interactive Map Builder is a plugin for WordPress that enables you to create interactive maps for your blog. You can configure an extensive set of options to fit the look and feel of your website.

There are many possible regions to display on a map. For example, you can create a map of the whole world, of any continent, of subcontinents like Western Europe or North America, of any country (there are more than 200 to choose from, for example: USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy…), of any US-State, and more.


Other features on offer with this plugin include the ability to display country, state & province, as well as metro borders, the ability to highlight regions or add markers, as well as map templates to add special behavior to the map when a region or marker is clicked.

Once the map is saved, it can be inserted anywhere in your posts and pages using the shortcode.

Get Interactive Map Builder for WordPress


Another plugin worth checking out is Map Locations, which we’ve covered in a separate review.

No matter which Google Maps plugin you use, bear in mind the issue of performance. You are already depending on a third party, Google, to provide a lot of information to your pages, which can sometimes cause delays.

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  1. I would like to have a “find out more: button located in each pin box that if you click on it would direct you to certain web pages.

    Ideas please?

  2. Our foundation, Veterans Cause, a PTSD outreach & peer to peer organization is beginning to affiliate with other regions across the US. ie: Veterans Cause Hagerstown, MD. I will need a map that starts with a map of states then can eventually link to local affiliates. Would have to be able to open a new window into the affiliates contact page. A location search bar entry would be awesome. We need something that can grow and is dependable as I don’t have time to redo work. What do you recommend?

    Scott J. Fonner

  3. Hey there,

    In case you are interested in updating this article, I wanted to let you know that I have released a highly versatile, highly customizable Google maps plugin : it is available for download at . you also can see a live demo at

    LocateAnything has everything! (at least everything I could think of :))

    You can create a map by using simple ‘standalone’ markers or by geotagging posts (even custom post types-thanks to this feature it integrates out of the box with many third-party plugins – which often create their own custom post types.)

    Everything is customizable : from the markers to the tooltips and navigation list, from the map overlay provider(Googlemaps, OpenstreetMap, ESRI..) to the map HTML layout used to display the map in your page. You can even add addtional fields as you see fit. For example you need to add the opening hour for each restaurant of your map, no worries just create an “openingHours” additional field and this info will be available in the map.

    Search by literally anything : LocateAnything allows you to search and filter your markers by ANY number of criterias. Filter by taxonomy, by postmeta, by additional fields, separately or together! Ideal for interactive maps of all sort : store locators, real estate maps, community maps, seminars…

    I’d be grateful for your review!
    Thanks for your time,


  4. Hi there is another great google Map WordPress, I’ll recommend for the article.

    this one have some unique features like open stores view, sort to closest store to your location etc. Documentation


  5. Is there a plugin that automatically zooms in on a visitors city without them ever entering any info?

  6. Hello, I am looking for a map allowing radius to show my visitors the area my company is covering. Does any of these plugins supports this feature ? I didn’t find anything about it.

    1. Hi there! MapifyPro allows you to provide radius searches (in kilometers or miles) for your visitors. You can try it out on the demos lower on the page here:

  7. Hello, I see you already have added our directory plugin in another article.

    Here is new one Web 2.0 Google Maps plugin for WordPress

    Special attention to draw functionality, please.

  8. Hey there,

    In case you are interested in updating this article, I wanted to let you know that we have released the most advanced free Google maps plugin : .

    Compared with other plugins listed here, we support unlimited maps, markers, layers, info lightbox, basically everything that you can find in those plugins pro versions, we offer it in the free one 🙂

  9. Hey! Nice collection…
    Many thanks for the work. I found another best collection of wordpress map plugins over here : 1. WP Google Maps
    2. Leaflet Maps Marker
    3. Interactive World Maps
    4. Map List Pro
    5. MapSVG
    6. SB Multilingual Responsive Google Map with Styles
    hope this will helpful for you.

  10. Your article is very good. Out of five discussed above, My recommendation goes to Map Press. This plugin has extensive features even in the free versions. MapPress is so convenient to use. You can create maps right in the page/post edit screen. If you want very simple and absolutely free mapping solution, then the Google Maps widget will be a right choice. Check out these top google map plugins which I shared recently on my blog.

  11. Comprehensive Google Map Plugin: not supported anymore, you should remove it off your list

    1. new features are not added to Comprehensive Google Map Plugin anymore – anyway a compatibility check on new WordPress updates is done to verify that it still works with the latest version – so removing it from the list would not be necessary…

  12. It seems that Comprehensive Google Map Plugin is no longer being supported by the author (see . He recommends Maps Marker Pro as an alternative, although it doesn’t have exactly the same features.

    However the plugin has now been forked and relaunched by Norbert Preining as “Slick Google Map Plugin”:

  13. Great stuff and that you’ve kept this updated.

    I’m looking for a very simple solution for a travel blog. I want to display a “Where Am I Now” Google map with pin — where that location can be sent to the WP plugin or site by iPhone. This way the map can be updated remotely and displayed in sidebar via widget. Seems basic enough, but most of these plugins are extremely feature reach but not this possible function. Thoughts?

  14. I have a multisite installation where each site needs to have its own map which will contain from 0..n markers that must be dynamically added in PHP at the time the map is rendered. I want to put the map in an iframe and be able to click on any of the markers and have the map expand to the location of the marker.

    I don’t need (or want) the overhead of setting up each marker in the dashboard. I want to be able to load the markers at run-time.

    It isn’t obvious to me that any of the plugins mentioned above can do this. Your thoughts?

  15. Hi there, thansk for your post on this.

    Back in 2011 you had this question:

    I have service providers that work within a certain mileage radius. I’m looking for a plugin that would match a clients address with the service provider. Is there one out there….someplace?

    I have a simiar requiremmet for a delivery service. I need my service providor to enter their postcode in the submission form and the radius they cover and for the user, from the homepage, to enter their postcode to see which providers cover their area. Do you know if anything similar has been developed since then?

    Thanks again

  16. Hello, I am interested to plot a real-time track (update every second) from a GPX file, do you know any plugin that may be can help me out?

    1. Actually MapifyPro is 100% compatible with WordPress 4.0 and above. We use both on our site. Be sure to update to the latest version 2.0.6. Thanks!

  17. What a great article. I am looking for a google maps plugin that will show an address that the user enters in a form. So the user enters their address and it shows their house on a google map.
    What plugin will do this?

    Thanks for the great article! Any advice?

  18. This is the second great article you’ve written that I stumbled across. You’re obviously an expert in the area of WP maps. Any chance you or anyone could critique my site? It’s still work in progress but would love to get some feedback. I have to get the widget to stay open by adding some code. It is the “+” in the lower right hand corner.

  19. Maybe you can have a look at our new plugin for maps and WP
    Dynamic maps for power sites, free to download and use

  20. Very glad I found you and your work, Jean. You seem to be the guy to ask, so here goes…

    I am looking for a plugin that will create an array by using a location from an event and comparing to our member’s addresses within our database. Any ideas?

    Thanks, in advance, for your time and consideration.


  21. Great Info Jean. Maybe I missed the post(s) on what would be best for a membership site that visitors would post their own custom map pin. For example fishing hotspots; which of course no one would actually share lol.

  22. Great article!

    I have yet to find a Google Map plugin which
    1. Allows you to add in all shows/clubs, etc AND
    2. Has a search field for the user, where you can type in an address, and the map will automatically zoom into the area to show you the nearest shops/clubs.
    Any ideas?
    Thanks a lot!

    1. Hi ttfan, i posted this previously so hopefully it’s not flagged as spam, but this plugin does the zooming/sorting exactly as you specified:

      There is a demo of this feature on the google map, at the pinpoint just above Mexico. It also has searching by city, customized filtering, etc. Hope it helps!

  23. Comprehensive Google Map Plugin causes a jQuery version problem with my site although I run the latest WP supplied version of jQuery. The interface and functionality supplied by CGM is very nice though. I hope they can fix this issue …

  24. Hey! Nice list… I’m very noob in this topics, I just lunched my first blog two days ago, it is in spanish, but here’s the link

    I just have a question, I want to make a custom map that contains several pinpoints to links with audio, the idea is to post an audio file witch is an ambient sound of the street or whatever and map it in a single map that contain it all… That can be done? Like I say I’m very noob at this.

    Thx very much!

    1. Awesome idea! Our plugin will work with something like that and you can easily link to the audio like you mentioned:

  25. Hey guys,
    Hope you can help – I’m developing a wordpress restaurant directory site optimised for mobiles and I’m looking for a GPS plugin to enable a user to search for the nearest outlet(s) to their current position.

    Any thoughts/suggestions much appreciated.

  26. I just bougth this premium WordPress Plugin. Allows to generate Maps in wordpress very easily: change the color, the markers and you can use with shortcodes. I hope that will help!

  27. Does anyone know a nice maps plug-in for wordpress which uses a direction/zip code search functionality to another direction/zip code and after directions have been submitted it pops up a form letting people to contact us requesting more information?

    We need to save in the form both directions and catch their contact information.

    We are a transportation company and we want to provide this map functionality into our registration page. We would not mind paying for such a tool.

  28. Thanks for the shoutout for We just launched our pro version and think you’re readers will dig it:

    Lots more features and style updates for Google Maps.

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    for the reason that here every data is quality based material.

  30. hey I’m looking for guidance folks. I”m using jotform as a multiple step submission process for solar industry.. what I really want is to be able to integrate a gmap plugin to my website similar to


    how do I tell if what these companies used is a plug in or custom. any ideas on how to itegrate

    my form

  31. Which would be the best google map plugin for a wordpress site where one can include custom fields(click on the legend to get the detailed information) for the legend or location I mark on the map, something like this site.


    Kindly suggest which plugin would be useful to incorporate this feature.
    Thanks for helping out.

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  33. I’m looking for a geo map plugin that captures the computers location and displays it as a map on a home page or post and will list the person’s city location on the map? All without the person entering their location information.

  34. This post set me on my way to find my own solution to use in a directory setup.
    The map pins needed to be dynamically added from the listings, with some search add on that focus on delivering results on the map.
    In beta – but working nicely. You can use the search location PRETORIA 0001 if want to check out on my site

    Wan’t enough, so wanted to add new dynamic map that works with multi location listings as well. Just added the first of these, still some issues, but will soon be there. You can check out the link for another multiple pin map using same ”widget” but calling pins by tag.

    The next edition add on is to add the multiple pin map to a specific listing tab. This is a demo link to these custom tabs, and should have this up and running by the weekend. A listing for whatever, will then be able to have a custom map in their listing, with multiple pins. Unlimited use on same url, with different data. Check out the tabs here

  35. Hi. Not sure if there is an out-of-box solution for this, but I am looking for a map WordPress plugin that will display geocentric pins for cities and will display the city name. Ideally, I would love it if the user could pick 3 different city “pins” on the map and then communicate these selections back to wordpress to be fed back into my CRM.

    Any thoughts would be much appreciated!

  36. I’m looking for a map plugin that is user driven, so that visitors to the site can add their own pin or mark to the map. This would have to be from a page on the site – not from the dashboard. Anyone know of a plugin that allows that?

    1. Hi.
      WP Google Maps – Visitor Generated Markers plugin does exactly what your asking for 🙂

    2. Leaflet Maps Marker v3.6 (which will be released in about a month) will include a native REST API which will allow flexible adding of pins – for example from forms or by external applications / plugins. For more details please see the API docs at

        1. due to pro development I currently dont have any ressources for custom dev, but I can refer you to John Cotton ) which is experienced with my plugin and could possible help you here…

  37. That,s really nice but I have found something which set it up as background.. you can check it out here. This only work with optin pages to build list.

  38. Great post – some good plugins to look at. Just a question in case you know before I go and hunt through them individually!

    Most of these plugins allow you to create a map with multiple markers. But do any offer a search bar, so visitors to my site could insert their town or zip/postcode and the map would zoom there, showing the markers nearest to them?

  39. Thanks for the round-up of maps. I am looking to

    Search box for the user to type in their address or part of.
    Google/Bing maps to show the address on a map
    The marker dragged to indicate the actual house in question (BTW this is for the install of solar panels)

    the location to be added into the form do the user can send it along with there contact info.

    I’m yet to find anything that does this but I have seen a couple of HTML implementations

    A pluggin that delivers this would be ideal – has anyone come across or created anything that fits the bill?

      1. Sadly not found a WP plug-in that allows the user to find an areas (say the post code of their house or field) and then be able to highlight the roof or field edge and send the results via a form to the site owner so that they can see the same data. I’ve seen a few implementations on other sites but nothing as a plugging. – any one else come across this?

  40. Hello. Thank you very much for sharing all this information.
    I am interested in creating a page in my wp site with a map inside. But I would like to add markers on the maps and when readers click on them, to open the relative article that I have posted about the specific’s area marker.
    Is it possible?

    Thank you very much in advance

  41. Hi Jean,

    I am the developer of “Leaflet Maps Marker” – a full-features mapping plugin which allows you to pin, organize & show your favorite places through OpenStreetMap/WMTS, Google Maps/Earth (KML), GeoJSON or Augmented-Reality browsers and is available in currently 8 languages. For a demo and a full list of features please visit .

    Although it uses mainly OSM as basemaps, I´d really appreciate if you could add my plugin to your list! (support for Google Maps is planned in one of the next versions 😉


    1. Leaflet Maps Marker is really nice. I especially like the possibility to add several marker styles, create different layers with many markers on them and of course the choice of other maps than just google maps.
      Of course there is still quite a bit of development to be done, e.g. marker clustering and the possibility to create a new marker directly out of a post or via the WP iPhone app.

      1. Hi SkyWombat,
        the development of Leaflet Maps Marker is by long not finished now – there are a lot of new features on the roadmap – I just have to find time to implement them 😉
        Marker clustering is one of those, adding markers directly from post edit screen also. Adding via WP iPhone app is also a good idea – will check if I can hook into this app somehow…

  42. Hi Jean,

    I’ve also emailed you personally this question, so please disregard if you get both.

    I’m curious as to your thoughts on something I have for a potential client. My client is in the air charter business and wants to be able to display a map that when a zip, city, etc. is typed in it would show the closest airports (from a database) that they fly to so user can click the airport nearby and that location would load to a form. They would do the same for the to airport.

    Do you have any thoughts to any easy wp plugin for this concept?

    Thanks in advance for any thoughts you have on this.

    Best regards,

  43. hello jean, nice post. just wanna ask which one of these posts can let me add different maps per post. and can be seen on the sidebar. thanks in advance for the help. cheers!!!

  44. Hey, nice list. We will soon release our first free plugin for google maps. We dubbed it Google Map It for DirectoryPress. Please check out our map functions for creating a google map mashup for directory websites in our live demo.

    These plugins are all awesome, and we will at some stage attempt to make another free plugin, just for WordPress. Bookmarked for resource.

    Hope you will also let me mention our first WordPress based map project, called Latitude Longitude Finder. Geocoders are geeks 🙂

  45. Hi Jean,

    I’m doing a website for a local restaurant. Could you recommend a plugin for WP, that would include a google map and reviews (ability to see past reviews and write new ones)? They want to be able to moderate reviews too.

    Any ideas would be a MASSIVE help.

    Thanks in advance.

  46. 10x a lot man.. works like a charm with my custom posts!! love it – adds a lot of color to each review i create 🙂 thanks

  47. Hey Jean – great list, thanks for putting it together!
    I’m looking for a plugin for my travel blog. I’d like to essentially have a map on every post that shows the location of the story – but ALSO has the locations and links to every other story I’ve done.
    Do any of these apps allow you to essentially have a common database of markers but customise the map for each page to have the relevant marker as the focus? (Does that make sense?)

    1. Not sure about this scenario, you’ll have to try them out and see whether they fit your purpose, as its been a while since I wrote this.

  48. Does anyone know of a store/service locator plug-in which uses the API v3 from Google? Pretty much all of the WP plug-ins available with a zip code search functionality, currently, require an API Key – which Google no longer issues. This would be a great help. I wouldn’t mind paying for such a tool.

  49. Hi Jean

    Please have a look at and let me know what you think. I developed it a few weeks ago and it’s starting to accumulate a high number of downloads. I would love it if you could add it to your post.

    Kind regards,


  50. Great article – you may want to look at GeoMashup by cyberhobo as well. It’s got a bit of a learning curve, but does some nifty global maps. There’s even a radius search available on github that adds even more functionality. I’ve got the unmodified versions working on my site now with plans to modify this in the near future.

  51. Thanks for the very helpful survey. Have you looked at the “Comprehensive Google Maps Plugin”? It looks like it has almost everything you discuss as positive points in your reviews.


  52. As I understand each of the plugins needs the coordinates entered into a special box on the web interface, right? I have a special situation: the sender can only send emails (with the pluin Postie)! Can one of the plugins you described take the coordinates from the email?

    1. You would have to do some custom coding to achieve that, as far as I know there aren’t any plugins that offer this feature yet.

    1. oh all praise for the design should go to, he’s the man behind the design, I was responsible for development.

  53. Hello Jean

    Are you aware of any Google/Yahoo/Bing map plugins that do pin clustering? I have around 2000 locations.

    1. Not really sorry Dan, maybe someone else can point you in the right direction. Definitely let us know if you find a solution though!

      1. Thanks Jean,

        I just don’t understand how wordpress Map developers could be missing out on something so basic as Marker Manger /Clustering

        I had the E85 Map done a few years ago using clustering.. pulls from mysql db and updates on the fly as new locations are listed.

        Looks like I will hire it out for the wordpress site I am working out..

        1. Hi, I’m after a custom plugin what will do that in wordpress. did you manage to get one working?

  54. Hi,

    I find this blog extremely helpful for me, thanks Jean Galea and everyone here!!

    I was just looking for a mapping plugin that would let us add custom markers on the map, can you help with suggestions!

    1. Welcome, Pronamic’s plugin lets you use custom markers. From the changelog of version 2.1.2: Adjusted the Google Maps mashup JavaScripts, now each post can have it’s own custom marker icon

  55. I have service providers that work within a certain mileage radius. I’m looking for a plugin that would match a clients address with the service provider. Is there one out there….someplace?

    1. That’s interesting functionality, I haven’t seen any plugin which does that out of the box however. If you want this functionality and would consider hiring us for developing it feel free to contact us and we’ll look into the details.

  56. Which one of these maps can contain multiple locations in 1 map added to a wp page? It seems like all only allow 1 location per map.

  57. Very interesting and great timing. You forget to post the download link to the RomeLuv Maps plugin. After looking for it myself, I saw it was a V2 version… Too bad.

  58. Wow, great timing, thanks for posting this roundup.

    I was just looking for a mapping plugin for one of our clients that would let us add custom markers – shebang – look no more.


  59. hi,
    i want to know where the data of my map is loaded in mappress can i show the location data as well as the google map in my post?Please give me advise.


    1. Have you tried the WordPress forums, specifically support for mappress? The developer should help you out with this.

  60. Hi,
    I’ve just published a free wordpress plugin enabling you to auto-embed google maps just writing an address on each post.

    It can also display a global map with all the posts displayed as markers – pretty cool and easy. And free of course 😉
    I’d love you to consider adding it to the list as it very lightweight and easy to hack (only one file) yet takes care of geocoding & everything pretty straightforwardly!


    1. Nice plugin, adding it to the list, I recommend you make the credit link optional though, in line with WordPress guidelines. Here’s an excerpt from a forum post by Mark Jaquith: “Our policy is that you make the user take an affirmative action (like checking a box/radio button) in order to enable a credits link.”

      1. Thanks for pointing this out, I’ll consider it maybe in a forthcoming release. No biggie if my users comment / disable the link, I won’t be too angry 😉

  61. I’m new to the Google Map API – so please bear with me. I want to create a map where people can enter a location for something within the city that needs fixing. For example, they might mark a big pothole or a street light that doesn’t work.

    There might be several ways to have that information sent in, so would I need a plugin like one of the above to pull this off or would it be a standalone coding job?

    Thanks for the great review. I didn’t realize that there were this many choices for mapping plugins.

    1. Very interesting idea Craig, I think it would be possible to use one of the above plugins, for example you could allow users to submit an address or coordinates and then use one of these plugins to plot the map using that data. The simplest way would be to enable users to send this data via a form, then you can add the point yourself. However for further automation you could let them directly add points on the map. This would require further customisation and I am not aware of any solution that can do this out of the box. You would somehow need to show the map administration part on the front end for users to select the points. It’s quite an interesting project and I’m sure it can be done given some thought.

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