It’s Official - The Web Maps for WordPress Plugin from GeoJobeGIS

18 September 2013

Dallas: From the official WordPress plugins page, Web Maps for WordPress is the most excellent way to promptly and easily look for and put in authoritative maps directly into your blog posts and pages.

GeoJobsGIS works on a Wordpress plugin for ArcGIS users (Free and Pro versions) that would enable the integration of ArcGIS Online maps within Wordpress blogs. Well, the plugin is now officially here!

This is from the plugin page.

  • Quickly and easily search and put in interactive maps to your pages and posts with the "Add a Map" button. Intended similar to the familiar "Add Media" button.
  • Put together the power of "where" into your pages and posts with interactive maps exposing authoritative content. Intended to bridge the gap between authoritative maps registered with ArcGIS Online and WordPress.

Functionality

While editing pages or posts, you will observe the addition of an "Add Map" button next to "Add Media". The Add Map button is considered to provide WordPress users with a more smooth process for embedding web maps in their pages and posts. While identical to the Add Media button, Add Map puts millions of interactive maps at the fingertips of bloggers, website creators, media outlets and news organizations. For the first time, millions of WordPress users will be able to flawlessly improve the information they're communicating with authoritative maps exposing authoritative content from trustworthy sources.

The following outlines various features of the Add Map button:

Searching for Maps:

  • Search millions of interactive web maps using one or more keywords.
  • All public web maps registered with ArcGIS Online that have a name or contain tags matching your keywords will be returned.
  • Search results will be displayed in a grid-view showing the name and image of the map.
  • Hovering over a map will provide additional details (owner, description, etc.) that will help to inform users on whether or not this map is showcasing the right content.
  • A map details link will take you to the ArcGIS Online item details page where a variety of additional information about this map is available.

Configuring Maps:

  • Once a map has been selected, the user is presented with a variety of settings that can be configured before the map is embedded.
  • Size, Show Zoom Control, Show Scale Bar, Show Legend, Show Description, Show Location Search, Show Basemap Selector, Show "View Larger Map" Link

Viewing Maps:

  • Embedded maps are fully interactive, which means that users can zoom in/out and identify features on the map.
  • All visible data and capabilities exposed on each map layer are controlled within ArcGIS Online by the map creator.
  • For layers with pop-ups enabled, users can click on features to see additional information in a pop-up dialog.
  • Additional map controls exposed to the user (scale bar, legend, etc.) are determined on the WordPress side by the map settings.
  • For users that want a more robust experience for interacting with the map, they can click the "view larger map" link which will open the web map up in the ArcGIS Online map viewer.

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