We’ve experimented with image and video embeds in your test site in Lorelle’s WordPress School. We’ve also worked a with WordPress shortcodes in the contact form on the Contact Page, and you’ve gotten a little HTML awareness within your site’s content. Today’s assignment is another form of embed. Today, we are going to embed a Google Map.
Many sites use maps on their Contact and location information Pages to help people find their physical location, but what if your site doesn’t represent a brick-and-mortar spot on a map? How would you use maps?
- Maps are used in posts to provide visual information about the location associated with the topic
- Want to share directions to an event you are involved with?
- If you blog about a specific area or region, maps help to point out tourist sites, landmarks, and geological features
- Blog about natural science, hiking, traveling, and other geolocation topics? Maps flesh out the stories you tell.
- Publishing educational material? What is better than just talking about a volcano? Showing pictures of the volcano on a map!
I’m sure you are thinking about several ways to use maps in your site’s content even now.
The above map is not an interactive map but a graphic screen capture of a Google Map satellite view of Mt. St. Helens, an example of an educational use. Around the image is a link to the Google Map for more interactivity with the famous volcano. I’ll explain how to do this.