Placemarks (WordPress Plugin)

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Embed custom maps into posts and pages. Allow authors to easily manage the placemarks.

Grab the Placemarks right here!



Adds a new ‘placemark’ post type that allows users to create and update map content.

The author interface includes:


  • An interactive map to drop and move pins
  • A way to edit GPS by hand and make use of the geolocation on your mobile phone
  • An editable set of drop-down lists for picking locations
  • An alternative text area to describe the location


  • An editable drop-down of marker types and associated icons
  • An optional title
  • Optional bubble text
  • Optional link

The locations and types drop-downs are set by an administrator. This allow the you to customize the types of
markers that authors can drop …

To embed the maps a simple short code is used. You can limit which type of placemarks will show up on each map.


  1. Upload `placemarks.php` to the `/wp-content/plugins/` directory
  2.  Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  3. Create some new placemarks
  4.  Include the shortcode [placemarks] on any page or post

Frequently Asked Questions

What can the shortcode do?

[placemarks ttypes="type names" lat=# lng =# zoom=# width="" height="" alt=true/false]

Everything after “placemark is optional:

  • types: String. List of types to include on the map “default, foo bar” (shows all by default)
  • lat: Number. Use lat+lng+zoom to choose an initial map view (defaults to show all pins)
  • lng: Number. Use lat+lng+zoom to choose an initial map view (defaults to show all pins)
  • zoom: Number. Use lat+lng+zoom to choose an initial map view (defaults to show all pins)
  • width: String. Change the width of the map (default ‘100%’)
  • height: String. Change the height of the map (default ‘400px’)
  • alt: True/False. A text list of all the markers shows under th map by default. This can be used to turn it off.

How do I edit the locations and types drop-downs?

Go to Settings -> Placemarks

Here you can use JSON to create custom lists. For example:

Marker Types (JSON)

‘name’ and ‘src’ are required:

{ "types": [
{"name":"Default", "src":""},
{"name":"Hot", "src":""}

Locations (JSON):

‘name’ and ‘slug’ are required. slug should always be unique.

{"locations": [

Optionally, you can also include: ‘lat’,’lng’,’zoom’. Together, these control the map when selected in the admin interface.

{"locations": [

Each location can also include ‘locations’. This can be used to create hierarchies of select lists!

{"locations": [
{"name":"Oregon","slug":"or", "locations":[
{"name":"Washington","slug":"wa", "locations":[



  • First version to be released.

Upgrade Notice


  • Seems stable enough, but only has basic features.


Setting the shortcodeSetting shortcode

Embedded map
The embedded map

The interface

The settings

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