Integrating Google Maps With WordPress (How-To) – Intergeo Maps Plugin Review

Detailed contact information is always important for a website owner, and especially if the website was built for a business purpose. The unfortunate fact is that we should never rely on the visitor’s “drive” to sniff around and find the contact data on their own. This is the kind of information that should always be directly right in front of them. It just makes it easy for the visitors to find you and communicate with you effectively.

That’s where the Intergeo Maps plugin comes into the picture.

In short, we’ve analyzed how this plugin performs and now we want to share our findings with you.

The things you’ll learn here:

  • What Intergeo Maps is
  • What its main features are
  • Who needs Intergeo Maps plugin and why
  • How you can get it
  • How it works
  • The pros and cons
  • How much it costs … okay, this I can tell you right away … it costs nothing ($0)
Disclaimer. Intergeo Maps is our newest acquisition and the newest member of the CodeinWP family.

What are the main features of this plugin?

Intergeo Maps is a free WordPress plugin that adds a Google Maps component to your website and lets you customize it freely. Even though it’s free, it brings a number of benefits. Most importantly, it allows you to use a fully-functional Google map on your site, which means that you can direct every visitor straight to your business’ doorstep.
 
Firstly, let’s have a glance at the main features of this plugin:

  • A powerful UI builder that’s also user-friendly. With it, you can quickly change everything you need about the map. Here’s what can be done with the UI builder precisely:
    • set up an initial position and zooming level,
    • adjust controls and positioning,
    • set up map color styles by using predefined color schemes or custom color settings,
    • add overlays – markers, rectangles, circles, polylines, and polygons,
    • create routes from an address to another,
    • integrate AdSense, so you can display ads on the maps.
  • You can create Google maps using shortcodes. The standard shortcode form is [intergeo]Your address[/intergeo]. But you can add other attributes like height, width, style, zoom and etc.
  • You can create a map with the UI builder. And this is the part where you’ll have to explore the plugin’s customization options.
  • The plugin has a Maps Library, where it keeps every map you’ve ever created.

Who needs the Intergeo Maps plugin and why?

This plugin might be a good choice if showing a detailed information about a specific place is a must for you and for your business.

For instance, travel-related businesses could use Intergeo Maps to show driving directions, bicycle paths, or anything else that’s location-specific. The maps even allow you to display weather info if it’s of value to you.

Also, if your business is based in multiple locations around the country or even the world, the plugin will help you showcase all your offices and make connections between them.

If you ask me, the main thing that sets this plugin apart is that it offers a great range of features – features that it could easily charge for – yet it does it for free. Quite simply, if you need an advanced set of possibilities to showcase your business’ location, address, and various content data, Intergeo Maps is possibly the right solution for you.

How can you get this plugin?

Like with most free WordPress plugins, the installation can be handled either straight from your dashboard (go to Plugins, click on Add New, and input the plugin’s name there), or by going to the plugin’s official page at https://wordpress.org/plugins/intergeo-maps/.

How does it work?

After you have the plugin installed, all you have to do is access the dashboard, and then go to the page or post where you want to insert the map. Click on Add Media, and in the left bar you’ll see Intergeo Maps. This is where the fun starts!

The interface:

intergeo general

As you can see, there are plenty of customization options in the right sidebar. You can change the way the whole map looks, the position of the legend, the markers, directions and dimensions, the detailed information about the weather and the traffic, and a couple of other interesting options.

 
In the first section, Positioning & Zooming, you are able to set a specific map position and view, along with a certain level of zoom. Also, you can decide if you want your map to be draggable and mark the center with a red dot.

The map view can be changed into road, terrain, satellite, or hybrid. In Zoomimg, you can change the zoom range value. If you want a closer or a further view to a specific point on the map, you can modify those numbers.

positioning & zooming
 
In Controls, you choose the position for every single item on the map. For instance, you can move the Zoom, the Pan, the MapType, and the SteetView controls:

controls1

In Styles, you can choose the dimensions of the map. You can pick the width and the height, and the color of the map. You can set a simple border too.

Additionally, you can select the Custom style option and use your own styling for the whole map.

styles

Moreover, if you want to point out some specific points or places on the map (to make them more visible), you can draw various geometric figures (rectangles, circles, polygons, and markers) via the Overlays section. Just click on the figure menu that will appear at the top of the map and start drawing what you need.

overlays

 
In Directions, you can set a path between any two points on the map. Also, you can choose what kind of path should be showed: for bikers, pedestrians, public transit, or cars.
directions
 
Example result of this:

direction

Last but not least, the Intergeo Maps plugin comes with AdSense integration. This can be helpful if you want to monetize your site some more by displaying contextually related ads. Of course, the usefulness of this part depends on your business model and your purpose for the site.

Example usage:

[intergeo]Bucharest, Romania[/intergeo]

After you’re done with all the customization options, you can put the map somewhere on your website. Once you click on the “Insert into post” button, a shortcode will appear in your text editor. That small shortcode is actually your map.

Write your address inside the shortcode and the map will pick it up right away.

The bottom line

Okay, it’s time to list the pros and cons of this plugin, and share the final verdict.

 
  • It’s free.
  • User-friendly and easy-to-use interface.
  • If you don’t need a complex map, you can simply use the default shortcode.
  • You can create personalized and good-looking maps, to carry your “signature.”
  • The visual elements look awesome and close to reality.
  • If you need to forecast the weather on your map, it offers you such possibility.
  • You can present your location on the map in a very detailed manner and highlight various individual pieces of info related to it.
  • The obvious … if you just need the simplest map on your site, you can still get it faster just by going to Google Maps directly and getting an embed code.
 
In the end, Intergeo Maps is a great plugin. It offers useful features and options, no matter what you want to show on your map. It can be particularly useful to business owners with physical locations where customers can actually show up and knock on the door.

What do you think? Have you tested it yet?

 
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  • For a blog, Map is not needed but when it comes to businesses which are physically located somewhere then putting up the map on the website is one of the responsibilities of the business owners. It helps the customers to find out your location easily.

    I liked where you mentioned about not relying on the customers that they will make efforts to find the contact info. Providing them the map makes it easire for them to find you out.

    Intergeo seems a good plugin with a lot of features as mentioned. What else you can expect from a Free theme. Good one!

  • Looks a great plugin for sites with premises, especially retailers. Have shared x

  • Drakester

    Hello, is there a way I can make certain posts on the wordpress site show on the map by simply typing in the location in a field?
    What I mean is that I want to display events happening at certain locations say birthdays, sports meets, church events etc on the map using markers. When I type the post and assign it to a category, I input the location and the marker shows on the map. Clicking on the marker loads the post content etc.

    Is that possible?

    • Hello! Sure you can. Simply use this shortcode [intergeo]Your address[/intergeo] in your posts and it will work.

      For instance, I wrote this [intergeo]Parcul Izvor, Bucharest, Romania[/intergeo], pasted into my post and and I got the location. This shortcode is the default one. You can customize your maps first and then add your address between the classes the plugin generates: [intergeo id=”gjM”]Bucharest, Romania[/intergeo]

      The first shortcode is for a normal map, the second one appears after you select your preferences and create a new customized map. Just type the address between those classes and it should work.

  • Vishal Jaiswal

    marker color does not change
    ?