Last week, WordPress released a geolocation plugin for self-hosted WordPress blogs that lets users broadcast and share their exact location of where they’re blogging from. It’s like Twitter’s geotagged tweets or checking in on Foursquare or Gowalla on your iPhone but this time it’s for WordPress. If you’re into the geolocation thing and would like to implement a geolocation feature on your WordPress blog, then this plugin is for you.
The WordPress Geolocation plugin adds geographical data to your post via the Geolocation panel located on the Edit Post page. When the post is published, a link containing a description of the attached geo data will be displayed below the post. Once a user hovers over the link, it will display an interactive map.
1. Upload the geolocation directory to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory.
2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress.
3. Modify the display settings as needed on the Settings > Geolocation page.
WordPress users who publish posts via the WordPress for iPhone, WordPress for BlackBerry or WordPress for Android apps don’t have to install this plugin. They can geotag their posts using their app’s built-in geotagging features.
The WordPress Geolocation plugin is ideal for “geobloggers”, travel blogs, photoblogs or a news website. It can also be used for other things like sharing the location of restaurants, shops, etc with your friends and readers, sharing a good spot for taking photos or simply give your readers an added level of insight.
What do you think of the WordPress Geolocation plugin? Anyone using or tried it on their blog? What other features or options would like to see added to this plugin? What other ways can you see this plugin used for? Please share your thoughts.
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