Google Maps Widget, a really useful Google map plugin created by WebFactory. If you have a location based site or you need a Google map for your contact page, this plugin can be handy for you.
For any reason if you want to show a location on your WordPress sidebar, Google Maps Widget plugin gives you super easy solution to achieve that.
How to Install and Set-up Google Maps Widget
The installation process of Google Maps Widget plugin is simple and similar to any other plugin which you download from WordPress plugin repository
Just go to add new plugin on your WordPress admin dashboard and find Google Maps Widget. You will find this plugin as the first option, now install and activate the plugin.
After installation you will get a new option in your widget area for Google Maps Widget, drag this widget to your sidebar for further set-up.
Each component of the widget can be customized as per your requirement, so that the thumbnail image and the Lightbox map can show what you configured in the widget.
Maps are included on the site as a static thumbnail image, which when clicked, opens into a full interactive map in a beautiful Lightbox to show the larger map.
Google Maps Widget is fully responsive, that means if you are using a responsive WordPress theme, this map widget will not break the layout of your site
Google Maps Widget Options
Google Maps Widget gives you options to set the map as per your requirement. First drag the widget to your sidebar, go to Appearance -> Widgets to add the map to your site.
You have options to write title for your map widget, the address and as far as the map is concerned you have two options to set the thumbnail and the lightbox map.
For thumbnails you have further options to specify the max map size, map type, the color of pin as well as the zoom level.
Now, the options in the lightbox which will option your user clicks on the thumbnail. Same as the thumbnail you have option to set max height and width, map type as well as zoom level.
Also you can set up your own header and footer for the lightbox map.
Google Maps Widget plugin is completely free and comes with active support, so if you are looking for an option to show Google map on your site, this is definitely one of the best options available for WordPress.