Although creating a Google map for your business seems complicated, several different options are available to business owners. Currently, the most popular choice is the Google Maps website or application. Typically, this method works exceedingly well for individuals requiring simple tasks like route generation or mapping out a few points.
Finding alternative options is the only viable solution for business owners needing advanced solutions, like creating complex route optimization or mapping thousands of points on the map.
Various third-party programs offer mapping software that enables users to add or edit map data effortlessly. Many users can update or implement their data within minutes of use, building custom maps without API access. When trying to create a custom map, it’s critical to identify all available options.
Using the Google Map Website or Application
The Google Map application allows users to customize all mapping options by adding individual markers or data groups to a generic template. This method is relatively simple without extra cost (the service is free to use), making it an efficient option for businesses with limited experience or budget mapping applications.
To get started:
- Log into the Google My Maps page.
- Find the menu icon on the top of the screen and choose the “Your Places” option from the listed menu.
- Find the “Maps” tab under the main header and select the Create Map function.
The mapping function will work through drag-and-click functionality. When users are on the map creation page, locate the marker icon to add an item to the map individually. Locate the place on your map and manually click on that location. Once clicking on the marker, add your name, description, and any required information to the tag.
After inputting all markers within the map, customize the map’s appearance using the name function under the header “Untitled Map” and the visual appearance with the three dots on the top left corner. Although this method is the most cost-effective version of mapping, Google Maps brings minimal options for customization.
Using a Third-Party Software
Most third-party programs will integrate cloud-based functionality within the Google Maps interface. The software enables a hybrid of customization features with standard Google functionality. Programs will include radius maps, geographic boundary tools, heat maps, and other route mapping options. When creating your custom map, look for various customization options through the interface.
To get started:
- Log into the software (or register for a free trial) and open the main dashboard.
2. Select the new map function from the home screen and choose a name for your map on the pop-up screen. The mapping software will allow direct uploading through spreadsheets, Google Sheets, copy-and-paste functionality, or manually inputting the details into the program.
3. Choose the best uploading option for your company and continue with the upload process.
To manually input a marker on your map, select the “Place a Marker on the Map” button and choose where you’d like to add the icon on the map. Once the data is uploaded, integrate any customization options best suited to your company. Popular mapping options include heat maps, demographic data, drive-time tools, and satellite maps.
Building a Custom Map with Google Map API
The Google Maps platform offers a customized solution depending on the business’s needs. The Google Maps API integrates customization options without the added cost of third-party programs. The most significant advantage of Google Maps API is flexibility, freeing up many known limitations of Google. Unfortunately, API does require a considerable understanding of programming knowledge to use effectively.
Choosing the Best Business Mapping for Your Company
The best method for creating a custom map will largely depend on your company’s experience level and budgetary restraint. Google Maps is likely the best option for companies struggling with financial restrictions. For companies wanting higher customization capabilities with various features and options, third-party mapping programs will always remain the optimal fit.
Finally, companies wishing to integrate complete customization options with extensive experience in coding or programming language find the Google API to remain the most cost-effective method overall.