If you’ need to display multiple locations on a map, a store locator script can be a great way of improving the user experience and give your website a proffesional touch.
Strictly defined, a store locator script can be used for dislaying stores on a map. However there are plenty of other obvious examples where a store locator can greatly increase the usability of a webpage. Eg:
- A city map with different types of POI’s (restaurants, cafes, bars…) displayed on the map
- A map with the most important attractions in the neighborhood of a hotel
- A map with all locations of a specif company displayed
Google Maps Store Locator
I know that this isn’t a WordPress plugin, but the Google Maps Store locator is a new and interresting script that can get you started building your own Store Locator fast if you don’t find any of the other scripts and plugins in this post suitable for your needs.
BjörnBlog Google Maps Store Locator
This great free script is built using google maps API 3 and jQuery. The script supports dynamic data from a JSON or XML source and html5 auto geocode to automatically display a map centered at the users location.
Google Maps via Store Locator Plus
If you’re using WordPress, this free plugin can easily be used for creating a basic store locator on your blog.
jQuery Store Locator
This jQuery store locator script can display locations based on a KML file and HTML5 geolocation. This isn’t a WordPress plugin, but the code can be used as the foundation for your own customized store locator.
Point Of Interest (POI) Auto Map For WordPress
This premium WordPress plugin makes it very easy to display Point of Interests eg. store locations on a map. This is plugin is a fast and good looking way to implement a stor locator on a WordPress based site.
Advanced Store Locator for WordPress
A good looking premium WordPress plugin that can be used to locate the nearest store, display minimaps in a list and many other features.
This is a premium WordPress plugin that makes it very easy to integrate a Store Locator script in your blog. The store locator or other mapping functions can be implemented through shortcodes.
SimpleMap Store Locator
SimpleMap is an free store locator plugin for WordPress that uses Google Maps to display information directly on your WordPress site. The plugin is easy to use and has a nice set of features including store locator functionality
Xtreme Locator Dealer Locator Plugin
This is a very advanced premium WordPress plugin that comes with a very impressive feature set. You can test drive the theme for free in 30 days, then you need to buy a license to continue to use the plugin.
Building a Store Locator with WordPress and Pods
This post guides you through the process of building your own store locator for WordPress based on the Pods plugin
Pazzey’s Store Locator
Pazzeys Store Locator is a free WordPress plugin that can get a storefinder up and running on your site very fast and efficient
Please notice that most of the plugins and scripts in this post requires a list of geocoded addresses. If you don’t know how to geocode addresses it might be efficient to spend a little time investigating the free Google Geocoder