Have you looked at the Google Map API?
There are a few sites that have detailed tutorials of how to create "hacks" for the maps.
Thanks werty for a quick response.
I had looked at Google Maps but did not get to that page. Unfortunately, that won't work for me a for a few reasons.
From their webiste:
|A single Maps API key is valid for a single "directory" on your web server, so if you sign up for the URL [mygooglemapssite.com...] the key you get will be good for all URLs in the [mygooglemapssite.com...] directory. |
I have many directories that need to use this service and I am not going to get different accounts for each directory. To be honest, I am starting to feel Google is Big Brother these days and I don't want them collecting data on my sites.
Thanks for the suggestion though, I was not aware of that service. Any other ideas?
Sorry, I think I misunderstood the part about directories above. Please ignore, I think one account would be good for a website.
Either way, as I said, I am not comfortable with Google having so much info about my site.
I certainly have some issues with Google, but the tradeoff of what you get for what you give with Google Maps is well worth it.
Yahoo has a new map API but it just links to their website.
I can tell you with almost 100% surety that the only source of maps that meet the conditions of
1) free for commercial use, and
2) maps display on your web pages
is Google maps.
Thanks, I want to re-state something in my original post.
I am NOT concerned with having the visitor staying on my site. I am happy to send them of to another site with a map. Those services still seem to say stuff about non-commercial use. These clauses are vague and I think they are just being extra cautious in their wording really.
From mapquest [mapquest.com]:
|Anybody, and everybody. From personal homepages to national retail sites, LinkFree is available for you. |
Since you don't mind visitors leaving your site and assuming you already have the address, just link directly to Google:
[this is an example from Google's page]
Thanks RossWal, BetterSEO.
RossWal, I had some trouble getting a map to open up with Mapquest. For some reason, the way many of my addresses are formatted, Mapquest is asking the user to frist select a map it found which is just a map for the zip code and not the full address I provided.
BetterSEO, I was looking for that with Google but could not find it. That is what I will be implementing.
Thanks to all.
If you are interested, MapQuest also has a paid program where you can integrate your website with their map data. They have some "really neat" additional features you can build in for your users. I think the smaller package started at something like 3k per year..
For users on dial-ups, Google maps is really, really, really slow.