Sell Personalized Map Posters: WordPress Plugin for Creating Custom Maps
E-commerce has seen a significant change during the past decade. More than just an online presence of their store, businesses are focusing on deeper connections and touchpoints with their customers. More than selling a variety of products, they are focusing on limited products with a broader space for variants.
The reason is simple, the customers are asking for it.
According to a survey by Epsilon, a market leader in Brand management, 80% of the consumers are more likely to purchase when brands offer personalized experience.
E-commerce businesses can put this to great use where they allow their audience to own white-labeled products with a touch of personalization and make a business out of it. All they need is a printer, a shipping service provider and most importantly, a website to manage custom map printing.
When it comes to creating a website, who does it better than WordPress? Keeping that in mind, our experienced WordPress development team recently built a WordPress interactive map plugin. With this custom-designed WordPress plugin, merchants can convert their WordPress site to a complete Map builder website in a tweak. Let us learn how this solution equips your WordPress site with custom Map building abilities.
Custom Map poster designing basics
As a business, custom map building has always been in demand. From geographers to archaeologists, custom-designed maps have helped professionals in several ways. However, custom map posters aren’t all about profession, the audience comprises people who prefer maps as wall hangings with a flavor of personalization.
Custom printing services professionally print maps with dimensions requested by the consumer. While traditional owners have confined their services to their current geo-location and the conventional in-store pick-up, giants in the niche have upgraded their business models.
Giants like Etsy have marketplaces to sell online custom map print with ready-made frames where users can readily create a poster of their choice. However, the extent of customization is rigid and doesn’t allow the merchants to control the variants. That’s where the vendors ask for a custom solution that allows them to control the maps by every means.
Our custom-designed Wordpress interactive map plugin ticks all the right boxes by allowing you to control the customizations you provide to your audience and keep a track of all the customizations done at the user end.
Features offered by Custom Interactive Map WordPress Plugin
The sole purpose of developing the custom interactive map plugin was to add endless personalization options for map poster designing. Our WordPress based web application has to provide all possible customizations asked by the user.
And, there we came up with the solution.
Create city map poster for any location
With our WordPress plugin for custom Map print, your customers can readily create a map for any city of their choice.
Users can search any location of their choice. The Custom Interactive Map WordPress Plugin provides a map of the desired location in real-time along with the streets and exact Geographical coordinates.
The users can zoom in and out the map as per their wish.
The Interactive map WordPress plugin is backed by Mapbox API to provide geographical details of the location. The integration renders accurate map results for any coordinate on Earth. Users can select any location with precise results.
Customizing color combinations
One of the best parts about our custom WordPress map print plugin is the ability to deliver color themes. The user has the freedom to select colors for the landforms and the waters. They can select any from several of the color schemes.
As shown in the example shown above, the users can select any color scheme of their choice and preview the results in real-time. We can see green colored water bodies changing to pink while a Blue colored land changes to Cyan in no time. The color scheme is applied to all the landforms and water bodies uniformly.
Customizing title and subtitles
The users have the freedom to customize the title and the subtitle of the map per their wish. They can add title, subtitle and the Tagline of the map as shown in the Gif file below.
Above all, they can preview all the changes in real-time. The fields are immediately into action customizing the map attributes on the live screen.
Customizing poster layout with custom map WordPress plugin
Finalizing the basic designs, the user can now decide the final layout of the custom map poster. This includes the Map layout, orientation, and dimensions.
The user can select the position of the title and subtitle, the shape of the map, the borders and the orientation of the final design.
The user can adjust position of the map along with the text spaces below the map. They can switch between Portrait and Landscape mode per their requirements and the format of the final design.
With that, the user can save the final designs and pay for the custom map print. The user’s part ends right here. But how can we assure that the vendor has received all the data right?
We made it as transparent as it can be.
Managing personalization made easy for the admin
When it comes to managing websites, WordPress is surely the best CMS you can have. Owners can adjust all the front-end activities from the admin panel with so much ease. Added to that, the panel makes the plugins highly controllable as well.
More than the customers, our custom Map builder plugin is designed to serve the WordPress admin. It’s easy to install and can integrate with your store like a miracle. Just get the custom map WordPress plugin and convert your WordPress site to a revenue-generating store.
The plugin offers a large number of functionalities to the merchants allowing them to control every bit of the custom Map builder tool.
Create color combinations
Admins can define popular color combinations for the map. No limitation has been set on the combinations. The custom combinations can readily put to effect on the live map.
The admin can make combinations of the following:
- Value color: Color of the landform. In the example above, it is #400040. The same can be previewed from the map adjacent to the fields
- Label Color: Color of the streets. In the example above, it is set at #008000.
- Water color: Color of the Water area. It is set at #8080c0 in the picture above.
- Building Color: Color of the buildings in the city.
The admin can live preview the combinations in the panel itself and can save it as a “Style”.
The following image displays how the admin can manage multiple color schemes, and can customize them in the future with ease.
As seen in the image above, the admin can delete or edit the color schemes, as required.
Fetching order details
To ease the management, the plugin further passes the customer information in the form of attributes. The admin can monitor every minute details requested at the user’s end.
In the following example, the admin panel has received all the details like Title of the map, its subtitle, and tagline, along with the dimensions.
Moreover, we can notice an “Export Image” custom-designed button along with the attributes. The button takes you to the Mapbox studio editor, wherefrom the vendor can print a high-resolution map with location and style requested by the customer.
With all those functionalities our custom-developed plugin serves as a complete solution for a WordPress map builder website.
Challenges faced while developing a custom WordPress plugin for Map printing
Building a plugin with these many features is never easy. Our Custom Interactive Map WordPress Plugin was no different. The plugin deals with multiple platforms at any point of time. Our experienced WordPress development team, however, equipped the plugin to deal with the platform differences like a pro. But that was not the only problem we came across.
Mapbox API, by default, offers to export at 1280×1280 pixels, which is a pretty good resolution. However, getting through the larger dimensions affected the quality of the maps. The final images were often blurry and distorted.
At this, our expert WordPress developers came up with an alternate. Instead of the API, we used the Mapbox account dashboard to print the image in dimensions as high as 8000×8000 pixels. In order to allow the merchants to access the map image correctly with the map style and positions desired by the customer, we created a dynamic functionality to generate a link based on the customer’s selected attributes. The link opens up the Mapbox account dashboard by preloading the configurations of the order placed at the customer’s end.
With that, the vendor can download high-resolution maps directly by clicking a button instead of manually configuring the entire map in the Mapbox dashboard. In the following example, the admin can be seen printing a high-quality image directly from the Mapbox dashboard.
Our experience with custom e-commerce plugin development
As a leading ecommerce development company, The Brihaspati Infotech has helped several startups across the globe establish as ecommerce brands. We have custom developed plugins and extensions across various e-commerce platforms allowing the merchants to leave their users with unique customer experience.
We have talked about a similar Plugin for Credova Payment Extension using which the merchants can easily integrate their Woocommerce store with the Credova payment gateway.
Summing up with WordPress plugin for Custom Map Print
Getting designed a custom map can be a dream for many travelers and businesses who rely on precise map details. The demand for getting custom prints isn’t going down in the near future. If you too own a similar business and want to expand your business model through online channels effectively, you can create a WordPress site to keep it running. Moreover, you can hire WordPress developers from us to establish a clutter-free and highly manageable website.
If you already own a custom Map builder WordPress website and are clueless regarding operating it with success you can contact us for professional e-commerce consultancy.