I sure wish someone would make a map stack using Apple Maps. Google is getting stupid!
Sadly If you wanted to use this on your website, you would have to create an Apple Developer account for yourself. Its definitely a hurdle that makes it not extremely user friendly.
Same sort of deal with Google…I do understand.
This is a sidebar, but what’s the purpose of this map? I used to embed maps on all of my websites, but then I realized they really don’t contribute. They simply take up space and slow down page load times.
It’s usually more user-friendly to simply have the address correctly formatted (From an SEO-perspective, as well). Smartphones can click the address and it’ll take them to their GPS of choice.
Food for thought!
I have a client with over fifty locations, many of which are located in urban areas - and many of their clients are not familiar with where they are headed. So, having a map and driving directions is essential. However, from a layout standpoint, I totally agree.
I get around this by displaying the map in a lightbox. A fantastic side benefit is that NO Google API key is required.
I also have a popup for Driving Directions - unfortunately, this map does require a key. But, if users can get by with only a map in a Lightbox, no Google account is required.
You can see an example at: https://www.scdiag.com/locations/myrtle-beach/
Great to know, thanks for sharing that tip!
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