3 simple methods to add markers on a Click2Map map?

import4The subject of this post seems to be certainly obvious but, after all, is essential when you create your map: how to add simply markers with Click2Map editor?

According to your needs, sometimes, it’s interesting to create markers individually one by one but, it suffices to create a dozen of points and this task becomes long and tedious. So, a feature exists in Click2Map : import a CSV file in a single operation, which allows you to import your own addresses file.

One last method is also conceivable: the creation of a marker from a template. When you have several identical points, it’s really easy to create an unique template and apply it on all your points and update them automatically, without modifying them one by one.

Let’s see together these 3 methods to add your markers on a map without the slightest effort with Click2Map.

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Set down your Markers on your “Store Locator” Map (2/3)

store-locator-click2mapAs we said few weeks ago, a store locator helps internet users to find a selling point close to them with precise information.

In this previous article, we described the 2 first steps to create your own ‘store locator’ map.

Today, let’s see the third step: Setting down your Markers

It’s the step to locate your markers on the map. Two choices are available to you.

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TOP 10 of the most useful Click2Map maps

We’ve selected the 10 following Click2Map maps created in 2014 – though very different they’re all useful in your daily life, as much personnal as professional. Discover some examples original maps created with the Click2Map Editor.

Click directly on map photos or titles to access our customers’ original maps.

ville-blanquefortIt’s very common and pratical to use Click2Map and create a map showing cultural, sporting, municipal, etc. services of a city. Here is represented Blanquefort, a french town. Public services are listed at the right of the map and located with markers and customized icons.

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Did you know French Remarkable Trees Map?

Today, we interviewed one of our clients, Alain CHONE, from the A.R.B.R.E.S. association, who created a map of French remarkable trees with the Click2Map editor.

In order to share with us his Click2Map experience, we questioned him about the association and its goals, but also about his daily use of the editor and the different feedbacks regarding his map.

Remarkable Trees MapDiscover this map by clicking here or by copying/pasting the following link in your current browser : http://www.click2map.com/v2/sachone/Carte-association-ARBRES.

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Create Your ‘Store Locator’ Map (1/3)

Thanks to a ‘store locator’, your users will find your selling points near to them, actual and trusted information on them (addresses, telephone numbers, opening hours, photos, …), and a precise itinerary.

The ‘store locator’ improves the visibility of your shops in search engines. Today, studies prove that 64 % of internauts ‘google’ shops before moving. They search information to spot a product before buying it or quite simply locate the shops near to them and create an itinerary.

You will find below an example of a restaurant-pizzeria locator map. Click on a point and a tooltip will be displayed with contact information.

How to create this kind of map with personalized markers and publish it on your website? Let’s see the different steps.

  • 1st Step: Create your Map
  • 2nd Step: Constitute your Groups
  • 3rd Step: Set Down your Markers
  • 4th Step: Publish your Map
  • 5th Step: It is time to Customize!

So, today we will focus on the first couple of steps to help you to create your own “store locator” map with Click2Map.

First, open the editor and create your account.

 

1/ Create your Map

The easiest step is to create your map, “Add” command in the main menu.

Then, you have to title it and, if needed, put a small description of that map.

Tips and Tricks: you can center the map on the area of your choice. Thereby, when the user opens his map, it is centered on the country, region, whatever you want.

 

2/ Constitute your Groups

When your company gathers a chain of stores, that’s simpler to organize your points of interest in different groups.

The choice is yours for your groups: shops type, state, country … Everything is possible! For example, the map above is divided by states.

You can also attribute a different defaut icon for your markers to each group.

To start your map right now, click here.

Google Earth: API abandonned!

android-google-earth-01Google will put an end to its Google Earth API (also Google Earth Plug-in and its JavaScript API) on December 12, 2015.

It was mostly used by developers to embed 3D maps in a webpage for example or to display them in other applications.

Google hasn’t annouced an alternative solution for now. But as it said, the 3D is in its blood, we can hope for a new application in the future:

Google Earth has a proud legacy, which continues with the new Google Earth for Android, powered by a brand new renderer. 3D is in our blood, and while we can’t announce anything just now, we look forward to sharing more exciting product news in the future.

Some developers had already stopped to use Google Earth API. Indeed, the percentage of Chrome users for the Google Earth plugin dropped from 9.1% in September 2013 to 0.1% in October 2014.

Even if there are no consequences for the Click2Map editor, we are looking for an alternative solution for some custom mapping project in the future. Cesium has Click2Map team’s attention. To be continued…

(More info here)

6 Frequently Asked Questions about Click2Map map publication

map-click2mapWhen it comes to publishing maps, the Click2Map team sometimes receives questions about the ins and outs of the publication process.

Here are the answers to 6 frequently asked questions about the publication of Click2Map maps.

  • Can I print my maps with Click2Map?

Click2Map does not offer printing capabilities in its current version. But, you can use your systems’ screen capture utiltiy to create an image from the desired map area before printing it.

  • Are there any licencing restrictions with regards to use any of my maps?

There are no licensing issues as far as Click2Map is concerned. Our maps however use the Google Maps API and map backgrounds, so the restrictions applicable to Google Maps also apply to maps generated with Click2Map (Read more here).

  • How do you prevent others from copying my maps?

As long as you don’t publish your maps, they’re protected. As soon as you publish a map, it can potentially be shared and accessed by anyone who knows its address. This means that others may be able to consult your maps if you’ve previously shared them or published them.
But, they don’t have the possibility to duplicate them or to access your map’s database.

  • I need to apply a transparent background to my map’s widget. How do I proceed?

The transparent color is not available directly in the publication options. It’s necessary to edit the ‘widget.html’ file and modify the properties of the #body section with the following computer code:

#body {
background-color: transparent;
}

  • Clustering option doesn’t work when I download my map from Click2Map. Why?

Clustering only works with maps hosted on our servers – clusters are managed directly by our servers. (More info on our map hosting solution)

  • After exporting my map, I need to consult it locally. Is that possible?

If you do not have access to a server and want to consult your map locally, you need to uncompress the downloaded Zip archive in a local folder and open the file named map.html or widget.html in Firefox.
For some reason, other web browsers prevent local execution of Javascript, resulting in the map not showing properly or not showing at all.

If you need further information, please contact us at support@click2map.com, we’ll be happy to help you.