Google Maps is a great tool for navigating when used on a phone or tablet, planning a route in advance, checking the address of a local business or even just taking a peek at a the street view of somewhere you plan to visit. But not only can you use these great tool yourself, you can also share maps with others, and even embed them on a website to give your customers directions.
Step 1 – Prepare the Map Area
Before you share a map, you need to zoom and scroll until the area you want to share is centred on the window. Only the visible portion is shared. You can also choose to share the map in Map view or Earth view.
If you have saved favourites on a map, only you will see them. Equally, if you embed the map, when you view this map on your site, you’ll see your saved places on the map. Your site’s visitors won’t see those saved places, they’ll see a map built for them.
Directions can be marked on the map, and will be shared when you send it. Right-click on two points on the map to set your direction to and from those locations. Check that the correct route is selected (if alternates are available).
Step 2 – Sharing Google Maps
In the top left corner, click the side panel button. Click “Share” and a new window will open with two tabs: share and embed. If you have added directions to the map, you will need to click the Menu button at the top of the directions panel to see the share and embed option.
Check the box next to “Short URL” to create a shorter link. Double-click the link to highlight it, then copy it by pressing. Paste the link wherever you want to share the map, like an email or Facebook post.
Note: By using a short URL, you can squeeze a long Google Maps link into fewer characters to leave more room for other text. For example, the URL http://goo.gl/l6MS is easier to share than the long URL http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2009/12/making-urls-shorter-for-google-toolbar.html.
When the recipient opens the email with the link in it, for example, they can paste the link into their browser and see the map, with directions marked and listed in a step-by-step format. They will be able to interact with the map (choose an alternate route, etc.,) just as if they created the map.
Step 3 – Embedding Google Maps
You can also choose to embed a basic map, driving directions, or a local search into your website or blog from the Google Maps. When your viewers are signed in to Google, they can also see their home and work, saved locations, and more in your embedded map.
Ensure that the map you’d like to embed appears in the current map display. Click the side panel or menu button at the top-left of the map window, and then click Share and embed map. In the window that appears, make sure the Embed map tab is selected.
Choose the embed size you want, then copy the HTML and paste the code into the source code of your website or blog. Keep in mind that traffic information and some other Maps features may not be available in the embedded map.