Adding a “location” to a church website is a no-brainer. Adding a static map is even better and best of all is adding a Google Map, but now a new Route Planner plugin will allow people to simply enter their own address right below the Google map and it will spit out turn-by-turn directions to your church or venue and chart it on the map for them.
When I launched this site, I knew I wanted to create a directory of designers and developers who loved both WordPress and ministry, and who had published ministry-oriented sites in the wild using WordPress as their platform. Furthermore, I wanted it to be geo-centric so that ministries could easily locate people within their own geographic regions. How did that directory happen? SimpleMaps, which utilizes Google Maps API for geo-coding.
SimpleMaps is… simple. There’s not much to it. It was originally released as a store locator tool. I initially used it when developing a site for a pet product company that wanted customers to locate all the Walmarts and Dollar Generals where their pet bones were sold. Then I rolled it out for a small Baptist association who wanted a geo-centric directory of their churches. Then, I used it here.
I’d love to see this used for this or some similar purpose, or I’d love to see something even better… that ties into WordPress, of course!