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Weekend Warrior: Map Madness!

Posted on 1.07.2016

It is increasingly common to see websites and applications using maps (interactive and static) in order to show to visitors specific locations - either of their own business or even points of interest.

While it used to be somewhat complicated to create and publish maps for the Web, it is now easier than ever before (thanks to solutions like those listed below) and with the many obvious benefits, there's almost no reason at all not to embrace the map madness and integrate something in to your digital property - the best part is that it can be done (in almost all cases) very quickly. It's a perfect project for Weekend Web Warriors - but what solution is right for your enterprise? There are numerous excellent solutions on the market; let's take a shallow dive and see what's available!

MapsMe: This is a relatively new service that caught the attention of Website Magazine recently. It's a very elegant/beautiful solution visually but the offering also includes some rather powerful features. Users can easily add content, customize their maps, accept submissions, and promote the map (through embeds and native sharing). See an image below.

Scribble Maps: Users can create and embed maps, add custom images and overlays, draw shapes, place text and markers, include a distance calculator and create maps in different file formats. A Wordpress plugin is also available.

MapTiler: An offering that turns images into interactive map layers that can be displayed in Web applications, mobile devices and desktop software (GPS devices too). Users can also assign location, combine multiple maps, and host their maps anywhere.

There are many other solutions on the market today, of course, each with different feature sets, that might be appropriate for your skill-level and the intention of the project. Some of the most popular include ZeeMaps, uMapper, TargetMap, Animaps, and Click2Map to name but a few.

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