Embed Local Street Map

Posted on 2004-10-19
Last Modified: 2008-03-06
I am looking to add the feature of a local street map within my website.  I looked into mapquest, for what I need there is a pretty good size fee, I even called them on the phone.  I don't mind paying a monthly fee if I have to, but for the small website I have mapquest is out of my dollar range, hopefully one day I can do! I will carry the link as required. I just need a simple local map for various advertisors, variable of zip code, zoom to local map.  Looking to embed in website like 450x350 size, can vary.  I will recipricate courtisy link back as required.  Any ideas on a good map service company?  I did some google but nothing really caught my eye.  Thanks for the advice and direction!  Still looking....
Question by:precision
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  Why don't you scan a street map, place it within a grid, and then use the zip code as a pointer into the grid?  It may not be as pretty as mapquest's maps, but it should work.


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That would work, more laborous than dyanamic method.  That would have me getting the image, cropping to my desired size, uploading image, then creating a dynamic text file to pull in that data so the image appears where and when it should, for each one.

I was just looking for a more robust method, almost similar to the old webpage counters. Dynamic data pull to display the image.


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You may want to look into yahoo maps.  You cant embed the map, but you can have a popup link, or include the yahoo map page in a frame.  
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Here is a link for more info on yahoo maps:
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Hi percision,

  I didn't say you wouldn't have to do some work :D
  And, I really don't know the size of the map you are talking about, but....

1) make the map black/white, low res, and gif
2) if it's small enough, you can download it with the initial surfer visit and then simply dump a 'circle' over the targetted area.

Also, if you have a limited number of advertisers, you probably don't need all of the streets -- a phone book map (which simply shows main streets & zip codes) or transit system map (if your city has one) should be enough.  If necessary, you can also provide some 'pseudo' driving instructions as text.


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Scanning a streetmap and putting it on a webpage is a copyright violation! you need to get permission for reproduction from the original publisher! Good luck on that.
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VincentPuglia earned 250 total points
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Juergen is probably correct on that, though there should be public domain maps available -- from the city, county, feds, etc.

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