Locations

VIDEO: How to use the PlacePress Location Map block

Getting started with Locations

  1. Add a Location using the Locations post type. Generally, a Location post should include some interesting narrative content. This is where you tell a story about your location, so feel free to use images, audio, video, and other blocks!
  2. Add the Location Map block to your Location post to display an interactive map. You will use this block just once per Location.
    • Use the search bar in the Location Map block to find your specific or general area and/or drag the map marker to the desired location.
    • Add a caption below the map to add more detail and/or to help users with disabilities by adding text-equivalent content.
    • The display of the map in your editor is how it will be displayed to users, so don’t forget to adjust the zoom level and choose the default map style you prefer.
  3. Note that the Location Map block not only adds a map to your Location post, it also gives it the coordinates required to show all your Location posts elsewhere on the site, for example when you use the Global Map block.
  4. Tip: for a more dramatic impact, make your map taller and wider by setting the alignment to “Full” or “Wide” (theme support may vary).
  5. Tip: Use the Location Type taxonomy (same as Category) to categorize your locations into groups that can be added to the navigation menu for quick access.
  6. Tip: Use the Location Image (same as Featured Image) interface to add an attractive image of your location. This image will not only be used by most themes, it will also be used to represent your location on any global maps you display on your site (see below).
  7. Optional: Once you have published some Locations, add the Global Map block to any post or page to display all your locations on a single map.
  8. Optional: Enable the relevant options on the Settings > PlacePress page to show a global map of all Location posts on the Locations archive page and/or the Location Types archive page.

Global Map

VIDEO: How to use the PlacePress Global Map block

Getting started with the Global Map block

  1. Before using the Global Map block, be sure to add at least a few Locations (see above) using the Location post type. Be sure to include at least a title, Location Image (featured image), and Location Map block for each.
  2. Add the Global Map block to any page
    • Add a caption below the map to add more detail and/or to help users with disabilities by adding text-equivalent content.
    • The display of the map in your editor is how it will be displayed to users, so don’t forget to adjust the zoom level and choose the default map style you prefer.
  3. Tip: The Global Map can get crowded if you have a lot of locations. To help make the map more useful, you can turn on marker clustering in Settings > PlacePress.
  4. Tip: If your theme allows you to include a page as one of several component sections of a homepage or front page template, the Homepage Global Map Fix option may be necessary in order to display the global map block. See Settings > PlacePress.
  5. Tip: for a more dramatic impact, make your Global Map taller and wider by setting the alignment to “Full” or “Wide” (theme support may vary).
  6. Tip: If you’re using the Location Type (category) taxonomy to differentiate your location posts – or if you just want more maps on your site – you might want to look at the Archive options in Settings > PlacePress. These allow you to automatically display a map of your locations by type on archive pages (e.g. a map of museums at /location-type/museums). Theme support for this feature varies and may necessitate some custom CSS to fit your particular layout.

Tours

VIDEO: How to use the PlacePress Tour Stop block

Getting started with Tours

  1. Add a Tour using the Tours post type. Generally, a Tour post should contain some interesting narrative content. This is where you use your storytelling skills to weave together a narrative about multiple locations (or, as we call them, tour stops). It’s usually a good idea to include some introductory text at the top of the post.
  2. Add the Tour Stop block to mark each new section of your Tour post with a hero image and text heading. You will use multiple Tour Stop blocks in each tour.
    • Give the tour stop a title. By default, this text will appear as an H2 element, but you can modify the heading level to best suit your page structure. Many themes will also let you change the color of the text and background here.
    • Add an image by clicking the “Choose Image” button, which will open your media library where you can upload or select a file. Note that the contents of the Caption field for your file will be used for the Tour Stop caption if you have enabled caption display in Settings > PlacePress.
    • Configure the map settings by clicking the “Set Coordinates” button. This will open an interactive map overlay that works much like the Location Map block (see “Getting Started with Locations” above). Simply set your map’s coordinates, zoom level, and default style.
  3. Note that not only does the Tour Stop block give your Tour post some visual and semantic structure, it also contains the coordinates and other data used to display an interactive tour map to your users. When accessing the public view of your Tour post, a small floating map will appear at the bottom right of the page (unless you configure it to be hidden by default in Settings > PlacePress). Clicking on this map will open a larger map depicting all the locations in your tour, and the center of the map updates as you scroll down the page. Clicking on the map icon in your Tour Stop will also open the map.
  4. Tip: for a more dramatic impact, make your Tour Stop header taller and wider by setting the alignment to “Full” or “Wide” (theme support may vary).
  5. Tip: Use the Tour Type taxonomy (same as Category) to categorize your tours into groups that can be added to the navigation menu for quick access.
  6. Tip: Use the Tour Image (same as Featured Image) interface to add an attractive image to your tour. This image will be used by most themes.