Clustering is useful if you have too many markers. You can apply it easily using this plugin. The number on a marker cluster icon indicates how many objects it contains. If you zoom into any of such locations, it decreases, and you begin to see the individual points on the Google Map.
This feature improves user experience and prevents information overload. Visitors can view the map according to their interests and preferences. Let’s take a closer look at the benefits you get with this plugin:
- The map is clear, fully visible and organized.
- Markers don’t overlap each other and it’s easy to click them.
- The Google Map looks well-ordered and stylish.
- Locations appear only in the areas that are interesting to users.
- Numbers on marker clusters show how many objects there are in every sector.
This feature is useful for any kind of business that deals with many locations. If it’s a travel agency, the plugin helps to organize tourist attractions by countries, cities and even districts. Clients will have to just zoom in to see the objects in the place they intend to visit. In case you own a chain of stores, marker clusters will organize the Google Map on your website and show how many branch offices there are in every city or country. It can be applied to any kind of business.
How it works
To add this feature to your website, you’ll have to make some settings. First, you need to allow this function on the admin panel. Then you enter the grid, zoom levels and select styles and icons. They determine how many locations should be in one marker cluster, and at what scale they will split into smaller groups or separate points. You’ll find a detailed guide following the link. There will also be a video tutorial for a better understanding.
Let’s consider this feature in action. After you make all the necessary settings, the Google Map will look like this:
The numbers on marker clusters show how many objects each of them contains. If we zoom in to the scale of a country, we’ll see more groups but with fewer locations and sometimes even separate points. They appear in case there are no other places nearby.
The same will happen when we scale a Google Map up to the level of a state:
When we zoom in to see a certain city, there will appear markers of single objects:
You can try exploring different areas with marker clusters using our example map below: