A ghost in Edinburgh Castle, an airplane cemetery in the USA or a satanic star: this is what some Google Maps users claim to have seen while using the Street View option.

Since its launch in 2005, Google's mapping service has been generating some, shall we say, wacky stories.

Does that make you laugh? You're welcome. But you want something concrete too, don't you?

For example, I'm sure you'd like to know how to link Google Maps to WordPress. Because bedtime stories are okay for fun, but you need concrete solutions right now.

That's a great idea. There are several good reasons to include a map on your site. This makes it possible, among other things, to:

  • Add a graphic and design element to facilitate a contact and/or locate a place.
  • Provide social proof. For example, the Bouillon‘s page, WPMarmite's French newsletter for WordPress site creators who want to keep an eye on the news, presents its subscribers who have taken the offer with the mug on a map.
  • Communicate about local elements, such as store locators or shop opening hours.
  • Propose an itinerary to help visitors get to their destination easily.
  • Geolocate content: for example, you write an article about a Polynesian atoll and you would like to locate it on a map for your readers.
  • Discover terrifying monsters in real time. I'm kidding, right 😉

To achieve this, the most adequate way is still the use of a plugin, as I explain below.

As you can imagine, it's impossible to be totally exhaustive and to highlight all the plugins on the subject within the same article.

In total, I will present you 8 of them (7 free, 1 paid). These plugins caught my attention for several reasons:

  • They popped up many times in the results of my research.
  • They were updated less than a year ago. For example, I didn't add the Comprehensive Google Map Plugin plugin, which has not been updated for 2 years.
  • They are easy to use, and their interface at the time of the test is simple to apprehend.

As WPMarmite strives to do so with all its resources, I'm going to go into as much detail as possible so that you can implement all this easily, behind your screen.

Google Maps & WordPress: why use a plugin?

Before getting to the heart of the matter, you should know that it is entirely possible to integrate Google Maps into WordPress without a plugin. Just use an “embed code”.

To do this, go to Google Maps and enter an address. Times Square, for example. Then click Share.

Then on the tab “Embed a map”.

Copy and paste the HTML code that starts with iframe into the text area of your post or page editor, or into a custom HTML widget.

And that's it. It's fast, easy and it works.

There are, however, two limitations to this method:

  • If you often have to embed maps into your content, embedding code every time can be very tedious.
  • The lack of customization options.

To make your map more attractive and interactive for your readers, you‘ll need to turn to a WordPress Google Maps plugin.

I'll introduce nine of them without hesitation.

Let's experiment with those 8 WordPress Google Maps plugins

Before plunging into this test, I would like to point out that the links to paid plugins presented in this article are affiliate links. If you go through one of them to buy your next plugin, WPMarmite will receive a commission. For you, no change: the plugin won't cost you more. Affiliation allows WPMarmite to reward the authors' work. And that does not influence the opinion we give you, just so you know. If we don't like a plugin, we'll be sure to let you know.

WP Google Maps

Active installations: 400,000+

Let's start off with a mastodon. The muscle of the gang. More than 400,000 active installations. Nearly 2,000 ratings. You'll have a hard time finding negative opinions on this plugin that allows you to create and customize a Google Map thanks to a shortcode “quickly and easily”, according to its developers.

Users are giving it rave reviews. Like “Great plugin”, Fantastic support. And much more like those..

Talking is good, but at WPMarmite, we like to test. Here we go.

First step: install and activate this WordPress Google Maps plugin.

If all goes well, you'll end up with the following interface:

Click on “Skip intro and create a map”.

You will come across an insert asking you to create an API key. You're screaming at that barbaric term. And this is just the beginning, believe me. You will need it for almost ALL the plugins in this article.

A quick aside on this subject: an API is the part of a computer program that is freely available to anyone who has valid access, and can be manipulated to create a new way to use an application.

After this short definition, I can reassure you: generating an API key is quick and easy. No technical knowledge required. You're just going to follow the process below.

Only prerequisite: having a Google Account.

Normally, you have previously clicked on “Skip intro and create a map”. Then choose “Create an API key now (free)”.

You will be redirected to the next page. Check the options as you wish and select “Accept and continue”.

Then you should come across the screen below.

For this test, I did not specify a key restriction. But you can choose the setting that suits you best to protect against misuse.

Click on “Create”.

The process is almost complete. Google will generate an API key and the following window should open.

Now you have a nice API key to make the plugin work!

Back to our test on WordPress administration. Copy and paste the key in the field provided.

Breathe a little: you've done the hardest part. Let's get our hands in the sludge from now on.

After clicking on Edit under “My first map”, you are in the configuration area of the plugin.

First observation: the multiplicity of options allowed, even in freemium. On the fly, here are some of them:

  • Choice of 9 card themes + other custom themes.
  • Possibility to adjust the height and width of the card.
  • 4 types of maps available: Plan, satellite, hybrid, terrain.
  • Unlimited addition of markers with their animations.
  • Location of physical stores, etc.

For example, I had fun creating a 500px high satellite map by locating the Champ de Mars, which is next to the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

I chose the custom theme “Dark Blue Power” in the “Themes” tab > “Browse Theme Directory”. Then all I had to do was copy and paste the indicated code.

Finally, I added a search area to locate a place or a salespoint, for example.

To integrate this little gem into a page or a post, copy and paste the shortcode into your text editor.

Here's what it looks like.

Right now we're on Satellite mode. You can also easily switch to Plan mode. This gives the following result with the Dark Blue Power theme, which I told you about just before.

Note that this is not necessarily very readable for a visitor. The effect is nice but you understand the concept: you can customize quite easily.

You can also zoom in, zoom out and search for a location.

If you're planning to embed your map in a widget, go to Appearance > Widgets, select WP Google Maps and drag it to where you want it. Depending on your theme, you will have different options to choose from.

Quick Recap

I liked:

  • The ease of use of this first WordPress Google Maps plugin. You don't need to know how to code to make good use of it.
  • The speed to set up a map.
  • The numerous customization options. It is possible to go really far in personalization, even in freemium.
  • The responsive aspect of the plugin. It fits perfectly on smartphones and tablets.

I liked less:

  • The options menu: there are so many that you can get lost in it.
  • The fact that some important options are only available in the paid version. If you want to add detailed information to your markers, insert custom icons or create routes, you will need to take out your wallet. The paid version, called WP Google Maps Pro, costs $39.99 for use on 3 sites.

In the end, I still give him a good mark.

MapPress Easy Google Maps

Active installations: 70,000+

MapPress Easy Google Maps is first of all a promise: “Easily create maps right in the standard post edit and page edit screens”.

Attractive, on paper. To verify the truth of these words, let's enter the belly of the beast – well, the plugin. Let's hope it doesn't give birth to a mouse.

As usual, first of all: install and activate the plugin.

Then click on MapPress in your admin. And then, stupor. Drama. You get the error message: “A Google Maps API key is required.”

In principle, you have read the test of the first plugin, WP Google Maps, and conscientiously followed the method to create this famous key.

As a result, your work is already chewed up. I'm just asking you to do a simple copy and paste in the area provided. Take a look at the capture below to get there.

All right, not too complicated so far? Let's get on with it, then.

On the same interface, you will see that you will be able to configure basic settings such as :

  • where the map is displayed.
  • the type of places where it will be displayed (posts and/or pages).
  • its alignment.
  • its size.
  • the zoom level.

Then go to a post or a page. When scrolling in the text editor, you will normally find a customizable area like the one below.

Click on New Map. You can then give it a title, choose its display size and, even more interesting, insert markers.

Then type the address of your choice. For example, I chose Disneyland Paris. Well, yes, the mouse, remember?

By clicking on the marker, you can add a personalized text and attach links, photos etc.

Remember to save and click on Insert in the article.

Voila! It's all working.

As indicated in the settings at the beginning, my map has been well inserted at the beginning of my post (you can see the fake Lorem ipsum text under the map).

When a visitor clicks on the red marker, they will see some info you can add yourself.

Note that you will be able to switch your map to satellite mode, zoom in and out and access traffic, cycling and transport information (location of the nearest lines).

Now I see you coming. You would like to be able to add your Google Map to a specific place in your text. Not necessarily at the beginning or the end, right?

The developer of this WordPress Google Maps plugin has provided shortcodes for this. You'll find a lot of information about this here.

Insert the following shortcode [mappress] in your text editor in the Text box.

Now you've got this card between two paragraphs.

Usually, using the shortcode should automatically disable the display of your card at the beginning of the post (which you should have specified at the beginning, remember?).

If this is not the case, remember to check “None” in the Automatic Display Settings.

Quick Recap

I liked:

  • The refined menu: the settings are minimal but, as a result, there is no risk of misunderstanding anything.
  • The personalization of markers.

I liked less:

  • The responsive is so-so: the card does not always resize to the right size depending on the device used. Try minimizing your browser window, you might get a funny surprise.
  • The fact that the presence of a shortcode is not clearly explained. I had to search through the documentation to see if it was possible to integrate some of it.
  • The plugin is easy to use, it's true. But not necessarily easy to customize.

To go further, there is a pro version starting at $29.95 for use on 3 sites. In particular, you will be able to use custom icon markers.

WP Google Map Plugin

Active installations: 100,000+

In addition to helping you create a Google Map, WP Google Map Plugin allows you to design custom markers. If you have many points to materialize on a map, you can turn to this WordPress Google Maps plugin.

The first thing you will need to do is to activate your API key in the Settings.

As you can see, the settings menu is quite dense. If you're lost, take a quick look at the “How to use” section.

If you panic, don't worry, I'll go through the details to walk you through the setup.

To get started, click on “Add location”. Enter the name of the place you wish to show on a map. Here, I chose the Vieux Port, in Marseille.

I entered this term in “Location Address”. Normally, the entered address is automatically recognized and the plugin takes care of the latitude and longitude on its own. All you have to do is fill in a message, if you wish, when the marker is clicked.

Next step: the “Add Map” tab.

As you can see above, I wanted my map to be 300px high and the zoom to be 15 (on a scale of 19). The closer the number is to 19, the more the Google Map will be zoomed.

By scrolling, you will be asked to choose the location you predefined in the previous menu. In my case, I checked Old Port.

Below, you still have about 20 options. Please note that I have chosen to display the traffic layer and have a mouse hover over my marker.

Not to mention the addition of a custom marker. The plugin offers almost 500 of them. To do this, click on the blue “Choose” button in “Choose Marker Image”.

Choose the icon that you prefer and don't forget to scroll down to choose “Insert into post”.

The setup is almost complete. Now explore the “Manage Maps” menu and copy and paste the generated shortcode.

For my part, I wanted to unveil my map of the Old Port in a dedicated page, soberly entitled: Vieux Port.

I just had to insert the shortcode in my text.

Let's note several details:

  • Presence of green and red lines: they indicate the current traffic, as specified before.
  • My custom icon (a boat on a black background) is accompanied by a descriptive text that is triggered when the visitor hovers over the icon. It's called a hover effect.
  • You can zoom in, as on all Google Maps, and easily switch between Map or Satellite view.
  • It is quite possible to integrate your map into a widget. Go to Appearance > Widgets. Select WP Google Map Plugin and drop it where your theme allows it. Note that I had to do it twice to make it work in my footer. Remember to save, or even to start again if you see a white window.

Quick Recap

I liked:

  • The ability to customize your markers. Look at the result below with a royalty-free downloaded icon. 
  • The number of options available.
  • The “How to use” tab to guide the user through the setup.
  • The triggering of a custom text on the marker when the mouse hovers over it.
  • The responsive side of the plugin.

I liked less

  • “Native” marker icons. Design-wise, I found them so-so. Fortunately, you can create your own and import them easily.
  • While there are many options, they are not always easy to identify.

To finish with this plugin, there is also a pro version for $3. At that price, you will be able to do many more things like create custom routes, filter places by categories, create shapes (polygons, rectangles, etc.) to replace your markers, etc. It's up to you to see if you have any use for it.

Google Maps Widget

Active installations: 80,000+

If you're the kind of person who's in a big, big, big hurry, you should like this WordPress Google Maps Plugin.

Its target audience? Those who need a map to load on their site in 5 seconds.

Actually, we'll be closer to a minute.

After Marseille, I suggest you go for a little trip to London. And to take a closer look at how this plugin works.

Step 1: Enter your API key in Settings > Google Maps Widget.

Step 2: Go to your widgets in Appearance > Widgets.

Drag and drop the widget entitled “Google Maps Widget” into the desired area. Depending on your theme, you will have more or less options.

For my part, I will insert a “Thumbnail map” in my footer. In the free version, you can also set up an “Interactive map” (a normal map).

Options include:

  • Possible management of the size of the card.
  • Zoom in.
  • Choice of colour, size and type of marker.
  • 4 types of cards: Satellite, Road, Hybrid and Terrain.
  • Possibility to integrate text before or after the map.

Once you're done, remember to save everything. Look at the result on my test site. I put London in the title, above the map.

Bonus: the plugin allows the card to be opened by clicking on it via a lightbox effect.

For your information, a lightbox generally refers to a “window”, or “box” that is displayed by superimposing the web page visited while at the same time the page explored is obscured to make the message more visible.

This allows a wide version of the map to be previewed, as above. Pretty nice.

Quick Recap

I liked:

  • Its ease of use: you don't get lost in mega menus.
  • Its speed of execution and implementation.
  • The lightbox effect.

I liked less:

  • The plugin leaves us wanting more. In the free version, the possibilities of customization are minimal. Most of the customizable fields allow only one choice.
  • The impossibility to integrate the map anywhere else than in a widget, in freemium. There is no shortcode. If you want to add your Google Map in a post or a page, you will have to consider the pro version or switch to another plugin.

In conclusion, I find this plugin effective, albeit limited. It claims to make the installation of a Google Map on WordPress quick and easy: goal achieved. But I wouldn't necessarily turn to it to begin with. Some of its competitors are more comprehensive.

For those who want more, the developer Web Factory Ltd. offers a pro version that starts at $15/year for use on one site.

The price remains very correct knowing that more than 50 additional options are proposed compared to the free version. And, in particular, the possibility of using a shortcode.

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Simple Google Maps Shortcode

Active installations: 10,000+

After London, I suggest we get on the plane to New York.

Don't get excited, I'm not inviting you over for a hot dog or a latte.

Let's concentrate, and take the opportunity to discover the Simple Google Maps Shortcode plugin.

Reading its name, one would expect something simple to work with a shortcode. Makes sense, doesn't it?

That's what made me want to provide you with a test of it. Because one of the goals of WPMarmite is to make it easier for you to use WordPress, don't forget 😉

It's “selling” us simplicity? I'll confirm.

If you are looking for a menu with lots of options, change your route.

In fact, you won't find anything about it in your admin. The plugin works in 3 steps :

  • 1 – Activation of the plugin.
  • 2 – Generating an API key: normally, you already have it.
  • 3 – Adding a shortcode.
[pw_map address="New York City" key="YOUR API KEY"]

This famous shortcode is available on the official page of the plugin, on the WordPress directory. Pippin Williamson, the developer, also explains how to add parameters. We'll see that right after.

Now you're wondering: “But how do I deal with this gibberish, Thibaut?”

Don't panic. I'll explain it all to you in detail immediately.

First, we'll set up an address to put on our card. I told you about New York. I'm really excited about making the Statue of Liberty come to life.

To do this, I go to Google Maps, I type Statue of Liberty. Then I copy the address reported on the capture just below.

Then I paste this address and my API key to create the shortcode below.

[pw_map address=“New York, État de New York 10004, États-United” key= “Colle your cl clé API here”]

Finally, I choose a Custom post type, a custom content type. In other words, a post or a page, for example. For me, it will be a specially created item with the monument's image on it.

All I have to do is insert my awesome shortcode at the desired location, in my text editor, in the Text tab.

Here is the result, in a post presenting the monument. I pulled some lines from Wikipedia.

The integration is working very well. However, the marker did not position itself in exactly the same place as on the initial address I chose.

Concretely, you can see that the little red icon is not exactly located on Liberty Island, where the Statue of Liberty is located.

However, if I paste “Statue of Liberty National Monument”, there, the marker is perfectly located. It's up to you to do your own address tests, if you want to use this plugin.

Now if you're the precautious type, you'd love to personalize this. You're right.

The possibilities are not infinite but you will be able to modify some details.

For example, I will customize the size of the map and disable the scroll wheel, which allows you to zoom in or out on the map with your mouse or trackpad.

Sizewise, I specify a width of 250 pixels and a height of 200 pixels. I want a small map to integrate it in my sidebar. So I'm going to add: width=”250px” height=”200px”

Regarding the scroll wheel, the code snippet is as follows: enablescrollwheel=”false”

And the final shortcode looks like this:

[pw_map address="Statue of Liberty National National Monument" width="250px" height="200px" enablescrollwheel="false" key="Paste here your clé API""]

I paste it into the widget called Sidebar 1 on my theme. As a reminder, you can find this under Appearance > Widgets.

And the result integrated into my sidebar.

Quick Recap

I liked:

  • Its extreme simplicity
  • The ease in setting up the plugin

I liked less:

  • The few options available: impossible to create markers, to set the initial zoom, to customize routes or to choose your map type.

I really enjoyed this plugin. If you just want to insert a basic map to locate a place, it will be perfect.

It's very easy to use, but beware: people who are scared at the sight of even a single line of code may be a little confused when creating a shortcode.

Bonus: in the same style, you can also try the Flexible Map extension, which allows you to add a Google Map using a simple shortcode.

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Store Locator Plus

Active installations: 10,000+

If you are a merchant and have physical stores, Store Locator Plus will surely interest you.

This plugin is a store locator. It directly adds a search form and a Google Map in the WordPress page of your choice.

As soon as a visitor enters a location in the search area, the closest shops will be displayed, depending on the locations you have entered beforehand.

This system proves to be very interesting to communicate about your services and tell your visitors where to go shopping.

But if we move away from the purely commercial framework, you can also use it to geolocate particular places or add additional information to its content.

Now let's take a look at how this WordPress Google Maps plugin works.

I'm going to start by repeating it over and over again! It all starts with:

  • Installation and activation of the plugin.
  • Adding your API key. Normally, you're a master in this art. If necessary, refer to the procedure here. All this is done via the Info tab, framed in red below.

Then go to Locations, just above.

Suppose I want to tell my readers where there are specialized WordPress agencies in Paris.

NB: there is no bias or favouritism. I just retrieved the first 3 natural results of the Google query “WordPress agency Paris”.

I click on “Add”.

Fill in the required details, including the address. You also have the possibility to provide a description, e-mail, opening hours, etc. The more comprehensive you are, the more information you will bring to your readers.

Remember to save by clicking on the blue “Save” button.

Once you have entered all your locations, you should end up with an interface like this :

Great, step one complete.

Let's move on to the visual adjustments now. Go to “Settings”.

You will be able to act upon 4 fields:

  • Search.
  • Map.
  • Results.
  • View.

In particular, I advise you to put the distance in kilometers and to translate Radius and Address in the Search tab.

You'll see that you can choose quite a few things like zoom level, map type, size and especially markers. You can even import your own.

Another nice option is the ability to choose the appearance of the search bar display and info under the map via 21 styles available.

For the record, I kept the original one, which I thought looked good for my site.

Now, how do we make all this nonsense work?

Simply copy and paste the [SLPLUS] shortcode into a page or article, for example.

And here's the result.

You will notice that my 3 “stores” are well marked with purple pins.

By clicking on it, you can access the information you have entered.

If I had chosen to indicate an agency in Lille, in my settings, the reader would have found it by simply typing Lille in the search bar. Provided you specify the correct search radius, of course.

Below the map, a box gives the reader practical information such as the website, an email, opening hours, directions to their location, etc.

With these settings, you will already be able to present something quite advanced. If you want to go further, the developer offers add-ons (additions to the plugin) that can be very useful, such as the Power add-on. In particular, it facilitates the downloading of locations. Very effective if you have a lot of addresses to enter all at once.

Quick Recap

I liked:

  • The unlimited locations.
  • How often the plugin is updated.
  • A clear, uncluttered and easy-to-use menu.
  • The personalization of markers.
  • The ability to create routes to a marker based on a given position.

I liked less:

  • The high price of add-ons. If you want to purchase the Power add-on, for example, you will have to pay $175.

Of its kind, this WordPress Google Maps plugin is really relevant. For example, I found it much easier and more intuitive to use than WP Store Locator, which also allows users to locate shops.

Snazzy Maps

Active installations: 70,000+

First of all, Snazzy Maps does not allow you to add a map to your site.

The plugin offers background maps to customize your Google Map. At the time of this test, there were 15,919 different ones!

First of all, you will need to make sure you have a Google Map on your website/blog. Via one of the plugins I presented to you, perhaps.

Warning: some may not be compatible with Snazzy Maps.

I did the test with WP Google Maps, everything went perfectly.

I first designed a map, with WP Google Maps, on which I materialized the Place Bellecour, in Lyon, France. I have integrated it into a page dedicated to the City of Lyon.

Then I installed and activated the Snazzy Maps plugin.

Then I proceeded to choose my theme by clicking on “Settings”, then “Explore”.

I fell in love with the Simple Night Vision – Stranger Thing theme. I immediately proposed by pressing the Save Style button.

The plugin then redirected me to the “Site Styles” tab. All I had to do was click on “Enable” to apply this theme to my original Place Bellecour map.

And here comes the magic. Back on my page, I just had to refresh my browser to see the result.

At the same time, I invite you to take a look at the Snazzy Maps website. This is a giant stock exchange of custom maps, a bit like the official directory of WordPress plugins. All creations are free of rights.

If you're comfortable coding and you like it, you can create your own map from scratch. And by copying the generated iframe code directly to WordPress, you'll even be able to do without the services of a plugin!

Quick Recap

I liked:

  • The quirky and original side of the card styles.
  • The countless number of styles: over 15,000.
  • The ease of setting up the plugin. The longest thing is to choose your style!

I liked less:

  • The bewildering number of styles available. It's a bit contradictory to what I explained just before, but sometimes too much choice is overwhelming. Fortunately, you can sort your options by color or type of card (simple, monochrome, dark, etc.).

5SEC Google Maps PRO

5 seconds to install a Google Map on a WordPress site? Yeah, right. And sold for $19, on top of that! That's what I told myself just before I tested this evocatively named plugin.

Afterwards, I see my judgment was a bit too hasty 😉

In reality, it will take you not 5 but 10 seconds, time in hand, to achieve your goal.

Don't look for a menu to make your settings. There aren't any. You will just find a “Settings” link, once the plugin is activated and installed.

But without touching anything inside, the plugin should work. Then, just insert a shortcode in a post or a page, and that's it.

I have retrieved the example provided on its page by Web Factory Ltd, the developer of the plugin, to show you.

[map width="96%" height="350px"]
[pin]New York[/pin]
[/map]

N.B.: the developer specifies that you don't even need to enter your API key. I advise you to create one and paste it in “Settings”, to be sure that your card is displayed.

Now, you'd like to go a lot further than that. Display the places you want, routes, add markers, etc.

Of course it's possible. Forget the five seconds, though. The strength of this plugin, is that there is also a map builder.

You will find it under your text editor, in an article or a page.

Thanks to this, you will have all the leisure to build your map from A to Z, while your hand is held.

You will find two main tabs:

  • “Map properties”: allows you to define map properties such as width, height, zoom level, map type, traffic. Basic, like most other plugins. Here, the presence of nicely designed skins (backgrounds) to customize your card is appreciated.
  • “Pin”: to create markers (about twenty are offered) and add a description, in particular. It will be visible by clicking on the marker.

As you go, you can save your map and test it in real time by clicking on the blue “Preview current map settings” button.

Once the job is finished, the “Send shortcode to editor” button allows you to send the shortcode to your text editor. Update your post or page, and pull the rabbit out of the hat.

Clicking on the marker opens a window to present a description. In this case, I have also set it up to have an itinerary from the Place des Quinconces, in Bordeaux, to Mérignac.

When you click on “Get directions from entered address”, you will be redirected to a Google Maps window that will show you the route to take.

What's also nice, with this WordPress Google Maps plugin, is the fact that you can customize everything with a shortcode. And frankly, you don't have to be an A+ developer to get it.

The plugin documentation, accessible from the “View documentation” link under the Map builder, provides a lot of explanations to help you. But, it is true, it requires close attention.

Quick Recap

I liked:

  • It's extremely quick to create a map.
  • The shortcode customization.
  • The online help in the builder.
  • You don't need an API key (although I recommend you integrate one).

I liked less:

  • Being a bit lost in the admin, looking for a customization menu, after activating the plugin. But it only lasted a few moments, so I will forgive.
  • The poor choice of markers. Barely twenty for a paying plugin, that's not much. You can still add your own by integrating your URL in the shortcode, but it's less intuitive.
  • A panel of options not necessarily hyper provided. OK, the plugin sells mostly speed and, on that point, nothing to say. But for $19, we'd have liked a little more.

All in all, the plugin is pretty good. Is it worth the $19 investment? Quite frankly, I don't think it has enough innovative features to justify this investment. WP Google Maps is for example very similar and free.

But the advantage of a paid version remains the access to dedicated support and more frequent updates. It can also weigh in your decision process.

Normally, you should also have discovered a test of the Mapify.it: Customized Google Maps for WordPress paid plugin. It proved impossible to make it work. If you use it, I'd be curious to hear your feedback.

To put it in a nutshell…

Did you know that Google Maps isn't the only map service in life? You can also add an interactive map on WordPress without using this service.

If you're interested, take a look at MapSVG, which allows you to create country maps, computer graphics, diagrams, vectorized images or shop plans. Not to mention Interactive World Maps.

As for the rest, I hope you understand what I'm saying.

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Usually, you're left with all the maps in hand to master Google Maps and WordPress like a champion.

As you've seen, WordPress Google Maps plugins very often offer similar options. Here's a memento to help you decide. If you would like:

  • An all-in-one plugin: WP Google Maps.
  • To geolocate a store/location: Store Locator Plus.
  • To customize your Google Maps: Snazzy Maps.
  • To benefit from a map builder: 10Web Map Builder for Google Maps.
  • To focus on custom markers: WP Google Map Plugin.
  • To install a card in moments: Google Maps widget/5SEC Google Maps Pro.

If you're still hesitating between one or the other, I'll give you my two favorites:

  • WP Google Maps.
  • Simple Google Maps shortcode.

What if I had to pick only one? Although it's a bit limited, I would say Simple Google Maps shortcode for its ease of use.

But keep in mind that depending on your expectations, it may not meet your needs. You will have to judge by testing.

What about you: which WordPress Google Maps plugin did you choose for your site?

Explain to me why in the comments and don’t hesitate to share your findings and feedback.