What We Have Covered in This Article
- 1 How to Create a Custom Google Map with Google Maps
- 2 How to Create a Custom Google Map with Maptive
- 3 Conclusion
Last Updated on April 15, 2021 by Editor Futurescope
If you want to create a custom Google map, you have several options. To begin with, you can use Google Maps itself.
How to Create a Custom Google Map with Google Maps
A custom Google map lets you add your own landmarks, routes, and locations. Additionally, you can draw your own shapes onto the existing map. You can view your custom map on iOS or Android, but you can only create it using Google Maps’ web version on your desktop.
To create your custom map using Google Maps, you first need to go to https://www.google.com/maps/ and sign in using your Google account. After you’ve signed in, click the three horizontal lines in the top left corner. An options menu will appear. Select the “Your Places” option. A new menu will appear on the left, click the “Maps” tab and then press the “Create Map” button. A map creation window will appear in a new tab. It will be titled “Untitled map.” To change this, click on the text, add a name and description for your map, and then click “Save” to save it.
You have several options for customizing your map. You can choose the base layer of your map by selecting the options arrow next to “Base Map” and choosing the map theme you desire. You can create any number of layers for your custom map. In doing so, you can separate the different components of your new map from each other. To do this, just click the “Add layer button.”
Another way you can customize your map is through marker points. You can use this component to add additional descriptions to an area or direct map users to a location or area that isn’t identified on the base map layer.
Other customization options include adding custom lines and shapes and adding directions from A to B. If you want to customize your Google map further, you will need to use a custom map maker.
How to Create a Custom Google Map with Maptive
Maptive is a mapping software program that is powered by Google’s mapping technology. It offers several customization features that Google Maps does not. These are radius mapping, heat mapping, filtering capabilities, demographic/census mapping, and a geographic boundary territory tool.
To create a custom Google Map with Maptive, you will first need to create a Maptive account. Maptive is a premium service that users need to pay for, but they offer a 10-day free trial.
To create your maptive account, simply navigate to maptive.com and click the “START MAPPING NOW” button on the upper right-hand side. The program will then prompt you to enter account details and then click the “Create account” button.
You will then be redirected to the Maptive home page. Once there, click on the “Create New Map” button in the upper right-hand corner. A pop-up will appear, prompting you to name and describe your map. Enter these details and then click “Continue.”
Maptive’s map customizer software will then prompt you to select your map’s data source. You have the option to upload a spreadsheet, copy and paste your data, use Google sheets or add markers manually.
Once this step is complete, your map will be created. You can then apply customization options like adding additional markers, color-coding your pins, or using one of the many analytics tools we mentioned above. All these options are available from two menus, one on the right-hand side and one on the left-hand side. Simply place your mouse over one of the icons in the menu to get a description of what it does.
For example, the first icon on the right-hand side menu is the settings icon. By clicking this option, you can change your map’s base layer, select additional map markers, and more. If you click the icon directly to the left of the settings icon, the Map Tools icon, you can access such functions as Grouping, Filtering, Proximity Search, and Driving Directions.
Once you’ve finished customizing your Google Map with Maptive, you can share it, embed it on a website, or print it.
We’ve covered two methods for creating custom Google Maps in this article. However, there are many more out there. The main difference between the two ways we’ve outlined here is the customization options they offer. Therefore, if you want a few simple options to create a custom map, you should use Google Maps. However, if you want more advanced customization options, you should use mapping software like Maptive.