Map Channels v4 Edit Enabled Maps Tutorial

• An Edit Enabled map has a database of places stored on the Map Channels site rather than using places loaded from an external data feed.

• There is a limit of 1 edit enabled map per user.

• Each map may contain up to 500 placemarks for non-supporters or up to 1,000 placemarks for supporters.

• Google adverts cannot be disabled on Edit Enabled maps.

• You must select the Edit Enabled option when a v4 Map Channel is created. Once created the Edit Enabled setting cannot be changed.

1. Create an Edit Enabled Map

Go to My v4 Map Channels and click 'Create New Map Channel'.

On the Create Map Page enter an ID and title for your map and select 'Yes' for the Edit Enabled option. Finally click 'Create'.

The map is now created with default settings. Click on Map Settings and in section 4 (Map Basic) set the initial map location and zoom level. This defines the map location used when new places are added to the map.

You can update other settings (e.g. dimensions, initial map type) then click 'Update' to save the changes.

In Section 3 (Feed) you can set the Edit Policy to be 'Closed' or 'Open'. An 'Open' edit policy allows other people to contribute places to your map. You must review new places before they are published.

In section 9 (Categories) create one or more place categories.

The preview map should now be centred on the initial map location you selected. Click on the 'Map Place Data' link at the top of the page to go to the Place page.

The Places Page displays an (initially empty) list of places on the map.

Click 'Add New Place' to add the first place to the map.

Places are created, edited or deleted using the Place Edit page which lets you set the name, decription, location and additional properties of the place. You can drag and drop the marker or use the address search box above the map to find a location. Click 'Save' when complete.

After saving you can click on the 'Add Another Place' link or click 'Publish'. Publishing will update your map to include all recently added places.

2. Place Fields

Place Fields are additional properties which can be assigned to places.

Manage place fields in section 8. (Data Schema) of the Map Settings Page or in the Options section of the Places Page.

Each Place Field is a single line string value. The line can contain HTML formatting such as <br/> or <p></p>.

Place Fields can be displayed within info windows, tooltips and the index bar. Use the Data Templates in section 8 to define the formatting.

3. User-contributed Places

Set your Edit Policy to 'Open' (in section 3, Feeds) which allows visitors to contibute new places.

User contributed places do not automatically appear on the map but are listed in the Places page and marked 'Pending Approval'

Click 'Edit' for any new place to review it. Click 'Save' to approve it or 'Delete' to unapprove it. You can make corrections to the submitted place details when you review it.

Click the 'Publish All New Places' button to approve all new places and publish the map in one operation.

4. Map Edit Parameters

It is possible to display links to add or edit places on the embeddable map

Add the parameter ?edit=1 or &edit=1 to the map URL. This will display a link title 'Add New Place' in the top-left corner of the header panel (requires the header panel to be enabled).

Add the parameter ?edit=2 or &edit=2 to display an 'Edit Place' link within each info window. Note: the map owner is the only person who can edit existing places.

If a map is Edit Enabled the &edit=2 parameter is used in the preview map displayed on the Map Settings page.

The phrases 'Add New Place' and 'Edit Place' can be changed in the Dictionary (section 14).

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