Are you looking to add Google Maps on your WordPress site? There are plenty of free Google Maps plugins available for WordPress which makes it difficult to know which is the best.
Adding Google Map in WordPress
Before we discuss Google Maps plugin, it’s important to emphasize that Google Maps offer an embed code which you can customize and paste in your WordPress posts or pages without using any plugins.
However, you will have to switch to the text editor to add it in posts or pages.
Also, there are not many customization options available for the default embed code. You cannot add custom information to the map. This is where Google Maps plugin come in handy. Using a plugin will allow you to add locations, markers, directions, routes, etc. Your map will be interactive and more useful to the users.
Having said that, here is our list of the best free Google Maps plugins for WordPress.
MapPress Easy Google Maps is one of the most popular free Google maps plugin. It allows you to easily add a Google map to any WordPress post, page or custom post type by simply typing the address.
You can embed the map automatically before or after a post. You can also use a shortcode to insert the map within the post. See our tutorial on how to add Google Maps in WordPress for more detailed instructions.
Maps Builder comes with a beautiful map customization experience with tons of options. You can easily add locations, choose map size, controls, map types, and even choose a map theme. All of this can be done in a visual customizer.
Adding a map to a post is easy. All you need to do is click a button on the post editor and select your map. Maps builder also allows you to add custom markers, and you can even show nearby places with Google places.
WP Google Maps is another free Google maps plugin. You can easily create maps by entering an address, get directions, set markers, etc.
It comes with a map widget that you can add to your WordPress site’s sidebar or any widget ready area. Your users can also switch to street view without leaving your site.
Another great option for highly interactive Google maps is WP Google Map Plugin. It comes with a great set of features allowing you to create beautiful maps with lots of custom information.
You can add colorful markers, information windows, redirect users when they click on map, and easily embed maps with shortcode. You can save multiple locations and then create a map showing these locations with custom markers.
Want to quickly display a map in a sidebar widget? Google Maps Widget allows you to easily add a Google Map in your sidebars or any other widget ready areas. Clicking on a map will open the map in a lightbox popup with a larger view. You can also choose pin colors and even use your own image as a pin.
Want to add a Google map to your site with your own custom placemarks? Basic Google Maps Placemarks allows you to add placemarks with address, assign them categories, add custom marker if you like.
You can create as many placemarks as you need and then display them all together on a map using shortcodes. You can also create categories to create different maps showing different locations and placemarks.
CP Google Maps plugin allows you to easily associate geo location data to a post and display map with your custom images. You can choose a custom marker to be placed on the map for a location. Most of the plugin’s other great features are locked and require the paid version of the plugin.