How to create a custom Google Map with Route Planner and Location Markers

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28-05-2020

In this video tutorial, I will show you how to create a custom Google Map with Route Planner and Location Markers.

Here are the key concepts you will learn in this video tutorial:

  • Create a Google account
  • Go to Google Maps: https://www.google.co.uk/maps
  • Select "Your places" option from the menu
  • Select "Create Maps" from the Maps Tabs
  • Zoom in to your start location on Google Map
  • Add a title for Map and optional description
  • Select the type of route - In this tutorial, I will use "Add walking route"
  • Single click on the Map to mark the start location
  • Start to draw the route on Map / Tip: Hold down the left mouse button to move the map
  • Double left mouse click to mark the endpoint on your Google map
  • Add a new layer then add a custom marker for displaying a stop-off point or point of interest / Tip: Add a custom icon
  • Add a custom image for new marker on the map
  • Add a title for custom marker
  • Add a new layer to create a new path to a different location from the last endpoint
  • Find a point on the new path and click to adjust the path
  • Give the new path a title
  • Click preview to display demo custom map
  • Click the share button
  • Select the correct sharing option for your map:
    • On - Public on the web - Anyone can find and access map
    • On - Anyone with a link - Anyone who has the link can access
    • Off - Share with specific people
  • Option 1 - Copy the map URL and send to someone via email or social media post
  • Option 2 - Click "Embed on my site

Custom Google Maps are great if you want to share a planned route with friends, clients or family. I often use a Google Maps Route Planner when I am on holiday to make sure I get to see all the places using the quickest quote possible. I have also used a custom Google Map to build a charity walking route for a client project. The map was embedded on the client's website and also sent out as a link via email to participants.

If you are not sure how to get the map working on your website, then simply contact your web designer for assistance or watch this tutorial: How to embed Google Map on your website

Google Maps:https://www.google.co.uk/maps/

Example Google Maps with route planner and location markers

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Article By Pankaj Shah | May 28th, 2020 | Website design


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