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Google Maps Widget is used to display Google Maps in your sidebar.

It is added to Appearance > Widgets when the Google Maps plugin is activated in Plugins.

Here’s what it looks like when it’s added to a blog sidebar:

Google Maps Widget

Refer to the Google Maps support page for more information on creating and using Google Maps.


Once you add the widget to your sidebar in Appearance > Widgets, you’ll see the widget settings look like this:

Google Maps Widget Settings

  • Title:   Allows you to add your own custom title.  For example, Directions.
  • Map size:  Controls the size of the map added to your sidebar.
  • Map choices are:
    • Current posts:  Displays all Google Maps that are attached to post(s) that are shown on the current page.
    • All Posts: Displays all Google Maps attached to all published posts.
    • All:  Displays all your existing Google Maps including any not attached to posts.
    • Random Map:  Randomly displays a map from your existing Google Maps.
    • Use this map:  Allows  you to select from an existing map.
    • Create new map: Allows you to create a new map.
  • Show options are: 
    • Show as one map:  Combines multiple maps that you’ve selected to use into the one map.  The drop down menu option allows you to change the map zoom to Earth, Continent, Region, Nearby Cities, City Plan, Details.
    • Show map:  Controls if the map is shown.  For example, you might choose to hide the map if you wanted to embed a ‘Get directions’ only option.
    • Show marker list:  Controls if the marker title and information is displayed below the map.  When Show marker list is deselected you only see the map displayed.
    • Show images strips:  used to display Panoramio images below your map.
    • Show posts in markers:  Used to add a link to the post associated with the Google map directly beneath the Google Map.