I’ve been working on a website for dog owners. It’s called Run Spot Run and has a simple mission: Dogs. Outdoors. Fun.
It came about because I was so fed up with the official off-leash areas in Wellington, New Zealand. Most of the areas are unfenced. Often they are right next to very busy roads. Most have no rubbish bin.
In Wellington, too, it can be hard to find a particular spot, given the hills and often narrow and winding roads.
With Run Spot Run I set out to collect reviews of places where we can go to have fun with our dogs, especially off-leash areas. I’ve added some starter reviews and am now working on encouraging others to participate.
One thing I do is to include a Google map of each reviewed location. That turned out to be harder than it seemed. I was having huge problems at first, with maps not displaying what I expected them to.
That’s why I have high hopes of this new resource:
To help organizations of all sizes sort through their options, we’ve created a new web resource: maps.google.com/getmaps
Quick and Simple (for beginners and basic sites) You’ll find step-by-step instructions for plotting one or more locations on a map and embedding that map into your own website.
Advanced (for developers & advanced sites ) You’ll see examples of the various ways to manipulate a map and add your own content as well as a handy comparison chart of the two Google Maps APIs (Standard and Premier) that you’ll implement on your site.
I solved my initial problems with maps by using a nifty WordPress plugin that I’ll write more about another time, but I’m looking forward to learning how to create better maps in the first place.