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How To use Map Blogs


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How To use Map Blogs

  1. 1. Map-blogs How to blog a map
  2. 2. Why? <ul><li>Because you want to share a set of maps! </li></ul>
  3. 3. Signup to map-blogs <ul><li>Choose a free subdomain name, e.g. </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>… </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Or ask to join an existing map-blog subdomain </li></ul>
  4. 4. Choose a wordpress theme <ul><li>Use a theme already on map-blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Or choose a new one from </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Thousands of themes available </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Almost any of them can be converted to work on map-blogs – just takes a little work from map-blogs – please ask! </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Configure the wordpress blog <ul><li>This is “normal” wordpress setup – very easy to do </li></ul><ul><li>But also need to supply: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Some sizes and icons for the mapping </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A Google map key ( ) </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Create Your Maps <ul><li>Use RunSaturday to create the maps </li></ul><ul><li>Or use Google My Maps </li></ul>
  7. 7. Blog your Maps <ul><li>Within your my blog, create a new post. </li></ul><ul><li>As well as the normal wordpress blog text and options, there’s a panel to link in your map. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Tweaking your maps… <ul><li>There are some advanced panels too… e.g. to change map line colours: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Choose “Lines” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Edit the “Colour” – currently requires a little hex </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Choose “Refresh Map” </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. That’s it! <ul><li>Hit </li></ul><ul><li>That’s it - you’ve shared your map  </li></ul>
  10. 10. Terms & Conditions <ul><li>Nothing formal at present </li></ul><ul><li>At some point some advertising may be added – we’ll need to pay for the server and bandwidth! </li></ul><ul><li>map-blogs is not a platform for e.g. porn – we reserve the right to cancel any blog we consider inappropriate for map-blogs. </li></ul><ul><li>Any advertising we add we will similarly look for it to be appropriate. </li></ul><ul><li>Any questions, please ask! </li></ul>
  11. 11. The future <ul><li>Currently just a Beta </li></ul><ul><li>Considering adding more features in the future: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>More listing and indexing options – including a map based list. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More elevation information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Directions </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Credits <ul><li>Lots of technology shared with </li></ul><ul><li>Map displays using Google Maps and Google Earth – </li></ul><ul><li>Publishing platform from Wordpress MU with BuddyPress – </li></ul>