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Setting up Maps and Using the Map Widgets

Setting up maps

As of Vantage 1.2, we have moved map settings to a new location: Admin > Vantage > Geo Settings. This is done in anticipation of the soon-to-be-released AppMaps plugin which will allow alternatives to the Google Maps API that comes standard with Vantage. As before, the Geo Settings will control how Vantage works with map APIs to determine locations and distances.

General Settings

Geocoder – Google
Now that we have seen the General Settings for maps let’s go through the Google geocoder tab. Google is the default goecoderfor Vantage. You can set up language and region biasing for Google’s geocoder using the options below.

Map Provider – Google
Google is the default Map Provider which is embedded with Vantage. You can set up language and region biasing of “Map Provider – Google” using the below mentioned options.

Using Map Widgets

Now that you have set up “Geo Settings”, we will walk you through set up and use of the location widgets. There are two location widgets available in Vantage.

Vantage – Listing/Event Location widget
The Vantage – Listing/Event Location widget displays a map containing the location of a single listing or event. This widget is used in the Single Listing Sidebar or the Single Event Sidebar.To use it, go to Admin > Appearance > Widgets. In the Available Widgets area, drag the Vantage – Listing/Event Location widget and drop it in the Single Listing Sidebar or the Single Event Sidebar.

Let’s review the options for this widget:

Vantage – Listings/Events Locations widget
The Vantage – Listings/Events Locations widget displays a large map at the top of all the pages where a list of listings or events is displayed – like the home page, search results or similar. All items on a given list page will appear on this large map – events and listings, all on one map.

To activate the large map go to, Admin > Appearance > Widgets. Look for the Vantage – Listings/Events Locations widget in the Available Widgets area and drag the widget to the List Page Top Sidebar as shown in the image below.

The Vantage – Listings/Events Locations widget is very simple and has only one option.

The image below shows how the map is displayed on the Home Page. In the map, locations for listings are marked with a blue pin, and events are marked with a red pin.

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