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Changing the WP Go Maps Map Engine

Overview

WP Go Maps is designed to run on either the Google Maps engine or the OpenLayers engine.

The Map engine provides our plugin access to the (up-to-date) underlaying map information maintained by the engine providers, and provides a means to query, manipulate and display maps, co-ordinates, addresses, objects and other map related information.

There is broad feature parity built across the plugin for both engines, however differences in inital setup requirements, some remaining exclusive functionality provided each engine that cannot be matched by the other engine, and differences in look and feel, may result in users opting for one engine over the other.

WP Go Maps users can freely switch between the map engines without losing any of their created maps and map objects

Setup

General Prerequisites

The Following Plugin/s need to be installed and active

  • WP Gov Maps

Engine Specific Prerequisites

Google Maps Engine

An API key is required to make use of the Google Maps Engine. For Assistance with creating an API Key, please see the following resrouce Creating a Google Maps API key

OpenLayers Engine

The Majortity of features have no prerequisites when using the OpenLayers Engine.

However, to make use of directions services an OpenRouteService Key is required. This API key can be obtained from theΒ ο»ΏOpenRouteService Developers Console.ο»Ώο»Ώ

*Certain TileServer Providers may require an API key for the user of their tile service

Changing the Map Engine

Changing to the Google Maps Engine

To change to the Google Maps Engine, please navigate as follows

WP Go MAPS -> Settings -> General Settings -> Maps Engine

Select Google Maps from the Drop Down and remember to select the Save Settings Button

Selecting the Google Maps Engine
Selecting the Google Maps Engine

Once you have changed to the Google Maps Engine, you will need to insert your API at the Following location:

WP Go Maps -> Settings -> Advanced Settings -> Google Maps API Key (required)

Please remember to press the Save Settings Button

Entering your Google Maps API Key
Entering your Google Maps API Key

Changing to the OpenLayers Maps Engine

To change to the OpenLayers Engine, please navigate as follows

WP Go MAPS -> Settings -> General Settings -> Maps Engine

Select OpenLayers from the Drop Down and remember to select the Save Settings Button

Selecting the OpenLayers Maps Engine
Selecting the OpenLayers Maps Engine

Once the OpenLayers engine is selected, you are now presented with an additional option to select a Tile Server URL. The Default option OpenStreetMap is sufficient for the regular users.

If you are planning to use the Directions feature with the OpenLayers Maps Engine. The OpenRouteService Key can be entered by navigating to the following location:

WP Go Maps -> Settings -> Advanced Settings -> OpenRouteService Key

Once the OpenRouteService key has been entered please remember to Press the Save Button

Inserting the OpenRouteService Key
Inserting the OpenRouteService Key

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Updated 23 Jun 2022
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