ContentMap

map the contents of your site...

It allows the association of a geographical place to each Joomla article, and display it within a Google Maps at the bottom of the article itself.
Includes even a module which collect in a single map multiple places associated to articles.
Supports custom icons for markers, infowindows, and all kind of maps (street, satellite, terrain, hybrid).
It doesn't require Google Maps API knowledge.


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Version comparing Free version Commercial version
Use of new Google Maps API 3 Included Included
Automatical grouping of markers Included Included
News text and image in the marker balloon Included Included
Integrated system to insert the coordinates Included Included
Street view and route calculation Included Included
Dynamic filters of markers by category Included Included
KML track Included Included
Graphic Map managed by Joomla! TAGS Included Included
Removal of signature under the map Not included Included
Technical support Not included Included
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Demo ContentMap Module

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INSTRUCTIONS

Once installed ContentMap from the Extensions Manager, you will find in your site the ContentMap plugin and module.

Create your free Google Map API KEY from this page: https://developers.google.com/maps/documentation/javascript/get-api-key and insert it in the first parameter of ContentMap module and plugin.

Plugin usage

ContentMap plugin inserts a map under the text of the article with a single marker placed according to the coordinates within the article itself. Exemple

Step 1: Edit your articles and insert the coordinates

Open the Plugin Manager and make sure that the ContentMap plugin is enabled.
Open the Article Manager and create a new article, or edit an existing one.
Click on the tab 'Publish'.

On the bottom right you will find the parameter ContentMap:

By clicking on the icon next to it a window will open and will help you get the coordinates of the location associated with the current article and correctly position the marker on the map. Enter the address in the 'Please enter address', click on 'Search' and at the end of search click on the button 'Return Data'.

You can also fill out directly the field 'ContentMap': use a dot (.) as decimal separator and a comma (,) between latitude and longitude. Use Minus sign (-) for negative values. Plus sign (+) is accepted as well, but it is not mandatory.

The parameter Marker style allows you to choose a custom marker for this article that goes to replace the marker set in the parameters of the plugin.

Now you can save the article in frontend and see the result: a Google Map will appear below the article text.

Step 2: Insert an image on the balloon

Clicking in frontend on the the marker just entered, it opens a balloon containing the article title and the intro text. If you want to also insert an image, you can bring up the picture in the intro text of the article.
Then back to Management Articles and let's edit the article, open the tab 'Images and links'. Select an Intro Image and save. Check the site and you'll see that the image appears in the balloon. The parameters 'Image Float', 'Alt text' and 'Caption' will be used also, but consider that only the parameter 'Intro Image' is used in the balloon. The parameter 'Full article image' will instead be ignored.

If you do not see the parameter 'Intro Image', check in Article Manager> Options> Editing Layout that the parameter 'Administrator Images and Links' is set to Yes


Step 3: Parameters customization

Open Plugin Manager > ContentMap and you will find all the available parameters to customize your maps within the articles:

With 'Get Directions' link you can obtain this result
  • Width: you can set a fixed width in pixels or percentage.
  • Height: you can set a fixed height in pixels.
  • Zoom level: you can set the default zoom maps from 1 (less zoom) to 21 (higher zoom).
  • Map type: you can choose between Road, Satellite, Hybrid and Terrain map.
  • Enabled Street view: if enabled, this parameter will insert the street view below the maps, a feature of great visual impact as it allows you to actually see the place indicated by the marker.
  • Markers icon: this parameter sets a default icon for all maps. The options are many, but it is also possible to add other icons directly in the folder media/contentmap/markers/icons
  • Open balloon: you can choose whether to open the balloon with a click, hover or disable the opening.
  • Width: you can set the maximum width of the balloon, in pixels.
  • Show title: sets whether to show or hide the article title inside the balloon.
  • Linked titles: if set to Yes, the article title inside the balloon will have a link to the article itself.
  • URL Target Window: sets the target of the link of the article title inside the balloon.
  • Image: sets whether or not to display the image associated with the intro text(see Step 2)
  • Author alias: if set to Show, and if the parameter 'Created by alias' has been compiled, it will appear in the balloon.
  • Creation date: you can choose whether to show the creation date of the article in the balloon.
  • Show Intro Text: you can choose whether to show the intro text within the balloon.
  • Article text limit: sets a limit to the number of characters displayed in the intro text within the balloon.
  • Show 'Get Directions' link: if set to Show, within the balloon will appear the link to Google Maps to calculate your route to get to the point marked by the marker, the link to see the street view of the place and a field where you can enter an address and see so directly in the map the route to the place indicated (look the image above).


Module usage

The ContentMap module inserts, in the desired module position, a Google Maps with multiple markers associated with their articles. Exemple

Step 1: Module creation

ContentMap module

After entering the coordinates in at least two articles, you can create with the module Google Maps with multiple markers, we see how ...

Open Module Manager and create a new 'ContentMap' module.
Publish the module in one of the available module positions in your template, possibly one allowing enough space to see the map.
Now check the site: your map is visible.
As you can see it was very easy!


Step 2: Setting desidered filters

The module groups places defined in articles so, in addition to the above options described for the plugin, there are some other parameters available:

  • Center: centers the map with the specified coordinates.
  • URL Track KML file: if you enter the URL of a KML track, this will be displayed on the map.
  • Cluster: groups the markers increasing the performance of the display. Useful when the map contains many markers.
  • Filter based on categories under the map: under the map shows the categories of Joomla, with the possibility to select which to see in the map. Useful if you have items with the coordinates, though belonging to different categories of Joomla.
  • Featured Articles: you can choose whether to show all items, or only those featured, or only those not featured.
  • Filtering type: you can set a filter inclusive (include only the categories specified in the next parameter) or exclusive (include all categories except as indicated in the following parameter)
  • Categories: select which categories to include or exclude from the map.
  • Authors: select which authors to include or exclude from the map.

Example of how it can be your map (the route is determined by the parameter URL Track KML file, see above)


 

Graphic Map managed by Joomla! TAGS

This type of map is not generated using the coordinate values, but simply associating a tag to a content (element) of Joomla. The name of the tag is recognized by the map module that shows the area. This example shows Italy but you can view and select any area of the world, both city and regions.

Unesco Italy - ContentMap GEO Chart Mode + Joomla! TAGS

contentmap_module

The component that generates new TAGS is already present in Joomla 3 (this type of map is not available in Joomla 2.5). To enable this type of map in ContentMap module go to the "GEO Chart Settings" tab and set the "Data source" parameter on "Joomla TAGS - Chart Map".
In the "Display mode" parameter select what you want to highlight, the Region Map or the Marker map that stand for the cities. You will need to create the TAGS on the basis of this choice, they must be so or names of regions/nations or names of cities/towns.
In the "Region" parameter select the desired area.
In Tags component create the different regions or countries or cities you want to highlight on the map. Then during the creation or modification of your content (articles, categories, contacts, etc...) you can associate it to its TAG. Automatically the map will highlight the areas indicated by the TAG giving more graphic importance to those that contain more elements. Pressing on the area you'll go to the list of items associated with it, in the case of a single element is passed directly to the display of the same.

You can quickly and easily generate new TAGS also directly in the edit screen of your content by writing the name of the tag in the appropriate field and then pressing the Enter key.


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PHP 5.3 or higher



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Some user comments...

Very useful module to use google map with content in joomla content editor. User friendly. Now all of my clients can use it themselves.


A really useful extension (module and plugin) that is very easy to implement and configure. The maps are presented in an attractive manner.

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Changelog ContentMap

  • 1.3.8 : 21 Jul 2016 : Fix Google API key module param.
  • 1.3.7 : 21 Jul 2016 : Fix Cluster groups markers icon; Google API key param in evidence; Minor bug fixes.
  • 1.3.6 : 17 Sep 2015 : New advance module parameters JSON Map Style to modify the default color and style; New module parameters Hide commercial activities; New module parameters Show button "Uncheck All"; New parameters Show Read more; New parameters Maximum image width/height for the image in the balloon; Fixed multilanguage problems; Modal message on istalla/upgrade; New module parameters Filtering type by Tags and Articles; Move CSS and JS in the media folder; New plugin parameters Show more Marker; Minor bug fixes.
  • 1.3.5 : 14 Aug 2014 : Fix performance in map with many marker. New color module parameters for the Geochart map mode. New plugin params to select where to get the text that appears in the marker ballon of the map: in the same article or its meta description. New params to show the current weather in the map. New params to allows you to write a text that will appear below the map .Minor bug fixes.
  • 1.3.4 : 1 Jun 2014 : Some new marker icon and link to all default icons preview. New Geochart map mode by TAGS. New plugin params: Position - Exclude in specific Articles - Exclude in specific Categories. Minor bug fixes.
  • 1.3.3 : 11 May 2014 : Joomla 3 TAG compatibility. Fix module top margin. New streetview mode. New maps params to enable HTML tag in the marker balloon. New maps params to set a Watermark. New zip library. Minor bug fixes.
  • 1.3.2 : 13 Mar 2014 : Https full compatibility. Fix module top margin. New streetview mode. Improve performance in map with many marker. Fix zoom icon. Added Czech and Russian language. Minor bug fixes.
  • 1.3.1 : 1 Gen 2014 : Joomla 3.2 full compatibility. Added dynamic filter by category below the module map. New module parameters: "URL Track KML file" to indicate a KML file to show the route on the map. Minor bug fixes.
  • 1.3.0 : 6 Aug 2013 : Joomla 3 compatibility. Disable mouse scroll-wheel scaling. New module parameters: Streetview, Marker preview, Show 'Get Directions' link. Minor bug fixes.
  • 1.2.11 : 19 Apr 2013 : Display multiple markers with different icons (Thanks to Paul van Haren).
  • 1.2.10 : 18 Gen 2013 : German language added. Flexicontent compatibility. Minor bug fixes.
  • 1.2.9 : 28 Nov 2012 : Fixed conflicts with other Joomla modules. Spanish and Dutch languages added.
  • 1.2.8 : 24 May 2012 : Swedish and French languages added.
  • 1.2.7 : 18 May 2012 : Automatic content filter based on content's and module's languages. Minor bug fixes.
  • 1.2.6 : 30 Apr 2012 : New module parameters: "Action on click", "Cluster", "Zoom level", "Center". Added support for external data sources. Minor bug fixes.
  • 1.2.5 : 30 Mar 2012 : SVN repository updated
  • 1.2.3 - 1.2.4 : 29 Mar 2012 : Fixes due to recent fault of geoposition server
  • 1.2.2 : 20 Mar 2012 : Minor improvenents
  • 1.2.1 : 6 Mar 2012 : Minor bug fixes
  • 1.2.0 : 01 Mar 2012 : Core rewritten for Joomla 2.5 compatibility