Sitecore Google Maps Module
IE is proud to announce the release of our first Sitecore Shared Source module. The module that has been developed by IE to replace the existing Google Maps module written by Timothy Ward in 2009. Whilst the old module has served the community well for many years due to advances in the Google Maps API and Sitecore it has now passed its used by date and desperately needed a re-vamp. Heiko Franz took on the responsibility of creating a Google Maps module that is designed to work in Sitecore 6.5 and has been tested for backwards compatibility in Sitecore 6.2, 6.3 and 6.4.
Below is the matrix of the current Google Maps module when compared to the new Google Maps module produced by IE;
The module has been designed from the ground up to be fully customizable from within the Sitecore Editor but if this extended flexibility doesn’t meet the needs for your project a custom sub-layout can be created and the features inherited without having to rebuild the module.
The new module has been designed and produced from the ground up, this approach has allowed IE to produce a pure open source module were the existing module had used a locked down third party component to work with the Google Maps API. This approach has two major benefits:
- It provides developers with a plug and play module; and
- Allows Sitecore editors to quickly and easily manage there map information using a familiar Sitecore administration interface.
An example of a major improvement in usability for site editors is that the new module features an editing console that provides real-time feedback to the user showing the co-ordinates they have selected and allows editing and updating without requiring the user to save until they are happy with the result.
The module was developed to allow the code to be open source with no reliance on any third party components with the exception of Sitecore.
- Uses the current version of the Google Maps API:
- Removing the need to register an API key and be limited to a single domain
- Providing the flexibility to work with mobile devices such as your iPhone, Android, Blackberry etc.
The source of this module has been deployed into the Sitecore Shared Source Library along with documentation to assist developers and administrators to setup and use the new module, this can be found by going to the Google Maps module page.