Google Maps Widget – Best Google Maps Plugin

Google Maps Widget – Best Google Maps Plugin

Google Maps taking forever to load? Try Google Maps Widget. You'll have a fast Google Map with a thumbnail & lightbox in minutes!

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Plugin Popularity 5.0
Author Activity 2.5
  • πŸŽ– Excellent plugin. It's one of the Top 100 WordPress plugins here.
  • ❀️ Mindblowing! More than 1,878,000 people use plugins from this team.
  • πŸ‘·πŸΏ We think this plugin is not actively maintained, as there are no major udpates for over a year.
  • πŸ‚ 62% of 90,000+ users are on the latest version.
  • πŸ“₯ Seems like a popular plugin - 545 people download this plugin everyday.
  • πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘§β€πŸ‘§ Good sign.. There is a team behind this plugin.
  • πŸŽ‚ This plugin is going to celebrate it's 10th anniversary after 1 month.


Tired of buggy & slow Google Maps plugins that take hours to setup? With Google Maps Widget you’ll have a perfect map with a thumbnail & lightbox in minutes! No nonsense Google maps – we know you’re in a hurry! Join 100,000+ happy Google maps users.

Check out some examples on the Google Maps Widget site or give us a shout on Twitter @WebFactoryLtd.

General Google Maps Widget options

  • title
  • address

Thumbnail Google map options

Google Maps Widget thumbnail uses the Google Maps Static Maps API. It loads the entire google map in only one request compared to 20+ requests it takes other Google maps plugins to load them. This ensures your site loads as fast as possible!

  • Custom google map size – map width & map height
  • Choose any google map type you prefer – road map, satellite map, terrain map & hybrid map
  • Plenty of google map color schemes – default, bright, gowalla, gray, midnight, refreshed, ultra light, mapbox + 11 extra & any custom google map style in PRO
  • zoom level
  • pin type
  • pin color
  • pin size
  • pin label
  • custom map pin icon – any image can be used
  • 1500+ map pins library in PRO
  • link type – lightbox map, custom URL, replace thumbnail map with interactive google map (PRO), immediately show interactive google map (PRO) or disable link
  • image format
  • google map language
  • hide widget title
  • text above google map
  • text below google map

Interactive Google map options

Interactive google maps loads in a lightbox or as an in-place replacement for the thumbnail Google map if your using Google Maps Widget PRO. It has all the standard interactive google map features users are accustomed too.

  • lightbox size – map width & map height (auto-adjusted on smaller screens) or fullscreen map in PRO
  • map mode – place + in PRO: directions, search, view & google street view
  • map type – road & satellite
  • map color scheme – 15 map styles & any custom google map style in PRO
  • pins clustering – PRO feature
  • map zoom level
  • lightbox skin – light, dark + 20 extra in PRO
  • lightbox features – close on overlay click, close on esc key, close button & show map title
  • map language
  • header text
  • footer text


  • by using the [gmw id=”#”] shortcode you can display the google map in any page, post, or custom post type (PRO feature)

Multiple Pins

  • full clustering and filtering support for pins on Google maps – demos available on site
  • you can add unlimited pins with custom markers and descriptions to thumbnail and interactive Google maps (PRO feature)
  • every map pin has the following options: show on the map thumbnail and/or interactive map, set custom map pin image, set on-click behavior: open custom description bubble, open URL in new/same tab or do nothing

Showcase & What others say about Google Maps Widget

Google Maps Widget Translators (thank you!)

  • English – original ?
  • Swedish – Sofia Asklund
  • Spanish – Jesus Garica
  • Croatian – Gordan from Web factory Ltd
  • German – Karimba
  • French – Karimba
  • Chinese simplified – Wyeoh
  • Chinese traditional – Wyeoh
  • Dutch – Arno
  • Ukrainian – Victor Shutovskiy
  • Serbian – Ogi Djuraskovic from FirstSiteGuide
  • Russian – Ivanka

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