How To Make A Map Online

Anyone can create their own maps online and for free using any of the map-making tools available on the internet. All you need is a spreadsheet with your location data, i.e., addresses, landmarks, cities, etc., and you’re all set!

Map Making: A Brief History

Map making, or cartography, is both a science and an art. Some of the earliest maps were star maps, which showed different constellations and were used for navigation. Cartography further developed as more explorations of the world were completed; with the development of new surveying techniques and the invention of the telescope, magnetic compass, and sextant, the maps that were produced were also more accurate. 

The 20th century saw technological innovations such as aerial photography, satellite imagery, and remote sensing, and later on computer programs for visualization, image processing, spatial analysis, and database management — all of which opened up more possibilities for mapping. In the 21st century, greater technological advances, including GPS, OpenStreetMap, satellite and aerial imagery, and computer software, transformed cartography into an entirely separate technological innovation in itself. Modern maps now allow an immersive and interactive experience and a wide range of customizations to provide not only accurate and detailed location information, but also various other data and insights.

How Can You Make A Map Online

With free access to map data online and Google Maps’ API (mapping technology), making your own map is now easy peasy. You don’t even have to know how to write code. You only need two things:

  1. Location data organized in a spreadsheet
  2. ShowMyMap’s map-making tool

Here’s How You Can Make Your Own Map:

Prepare your data sheet, you can use Excel, Google Sheets, or any spreadsheet program of your choice. Make sure to create separate columns for the different location data categories you have, i.e., cities, zip codes, states, area codes, etc. These categories will also serve as the column headers. But even if you don’t organize your data this way, ShowMyMap’s intelligent map-making technology can sort them out for you. Your spreadsheet will look like this:

***If you only have addresses, put them in the second column; in the first column, assign a name or any type of identifier for each address.

Select all the data (including the headers) and copy and paste them into ShowMyMap’s map-making tool or you can also select the file from your drive, as shown below:

Click on “Create Map.” You will then be routed to the Configuration part where you geo decode and customize your map depending on your specification and needs.

Click on “Make Map.” If still want to make some changes, you can do so by opening the Configuration section on the side of the map. You can Geo Decode, Preview Map and even Customize your map, otherwise, click on “Save Map + Continue”

Last step would be to add a title and the email address where you want to receive the unique link of your map and the short code should you want to embed the map to other websites. You can also add some notes and select the method of saving, whether its Public, Unlisted or Password Protected. Click on “Save Map”

You can share your map with others by sharing your map’s URL or embedding your map into your website. 

ShowMyMap has global coverage — this means you can create a map using location data from anywhere in the world. The platform also offers a wide variety of customization and editing tools that allow users to transform their spreadsheet data into an informative, insightful, and interactive map that they can use for whatever purpose they need it.  

Create your free map now!

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Drag and drop your file (xls, xlsx or csv) Use our sample data, by clicking here. Or

Address City State Zipcode Name Phone Number Group URL Email
12032 SE Sunnyside rd Clackamas OR 97015 Safeway Clackamas (503) 698-1121 Group B https://local.safeway.com/safeway/or/clackamas/12032-se-sunnyside-rd.html [email protected]
4715 SE Cesar Estrada Chavez Blvd Portland OR 97202 Trader Joe's Portland SE (503) 777-1601 Group C https://locations.traderjoes.com/or/portland/143/ [email protected]
3380 Lancaster Dr NE Salem OR 97305 Safeway Salem (503) 399-1502 Group B https://local.safeway.com/safeway/or/salem/3380-lancaster-dr-ne.html [email protected]
12220 SW Scholls Ferry Rd Tigard OR 97223 Whole Foods Market Greenway (971) 371-7000 Group A https://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/greenway [email protected]
8145 SW Barbur Blvd Portland OR 97219 Safeway Barbur (503) 452-6068 Group B https://local.safeway.com/safeway/or/portland/8145-sw-barbur-blvd.html [email protected]
1550 NW 9th St Ste 100 Corvallis OR 97330 Trader Joe's Corvallis (541) 753-0048 Group C https://locations.traderjoes.com/or/corvallis/154/ [email protected]
1210 NW Couch St Portland OR 97209 Whole Foods Market Pearl (503) 525-4343 Group A https://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/pearl [email protected]
353 E Broadway Eugene OR 97401 Whole Foods Market Eugene (541) 434-8820 Group A https://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/eugene [email protected]
3527 SE 122nd Ave Portland OR 97236 Safeway 122nd (503) 760-5448 Group B https://local.safeway.com/safeway/or/portland/3527-se-122nd-ave.html [email protected]
9940 NE Cornell Rd Hillsboro OR 97124 Whole Foods Market Tanasbourne (503) 645-9200 Group A https://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/tanasbourne [email protected]
15391 Bangy Rd Lake Oswego OR 97035 Trader Joe's Oswego (503) 639-3238 Group C https://locations.traderjoes.com/or/lake-oswego/142/ [email protected]
2490 OR-99W McMinniville OR 97128 Safeway McMinniville (503) 435-3120 Group B https://local.safeway.com/safeway/or/mcminnville/2490-n-hwy-99-w.html [email protected]
4121 NE Halsey St Portland OR 97232 Trader Joe's Portland Hollywood (503) 284-4232 Group C https://locations.traderjoes.com/or/portland/144/ [email protected]
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Copy + paste your data include column files

Address City State Zipcode Name Phone Number Group URL Email
12032 SE Sunnyside rd Clackamas OR 97015 Safeway Clackamas (503) 698-1121 Group B https://local.safeway.com/safeway/or/clackamas/12032-se-sunnyside-rd.html [email protected]
4715 SE Cesar Estrada Chavez Blvd Portland OR 97202 Trader Joe's Portland SE (503) 777-1601 Group C https://locations.traderjoes.com/or/portland/143/ [email protected]
3380 Lancaster Dr NE Salem OR 97305 Safeway Salem (503) 399-1502 Group B https://local.safeway.com/safeway/or/salem/3380-lancaster-dr-ne.html [email protected]
12220 SW Scholls Ferry Rd Tigard OR 97223 Whole Foods Market Greenway (971) 371-7000 Group A https://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/greenway [email protected]
8145 SW Barbur Blvd Portland OR 97219 Safeway Barbur (503) 452-6068 Group B https://local.safeway.com/safeway/or/portland/8145-sw-barbur-blvd.html [email protected]
1550 NW 9th St Ste 100 Corvallis OR 97330 Trader Joe's Corvallis (541) 753-0048 Group C https://locations.traderjoes.com/or/corvallis/154/ [email protected]
1210 NW Couch St Portland OR 97209 Whole Foods Market Pearl (503) 525-4343 Group A https://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/pearl [email protected]
353 E Broadway Eugene OR 97401 Whole Foods Market Eugene (541) 434-8820 Group A https://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/eugene [email protected]
3527 SE 122nd Ave Portland OR 97236 Safeway 122nd (503) 760-5448 Group B https://local.safeway.com/safeway/or/portland/3527-se-122nd-ave.html [email protected]
9940 NE Cornell Rd Hillsboro OR 97124 Whole Foods Market Tanasbourne (503) 645-9200 Group A https://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/tanasbourne [email protected]
15391 Bangy Rd Lake Oswego OR 97035 Trader Joe's Oswego (503) 639-3238 Group C https://locations.traderjoes.com/or/lake-oswego/142/ [email protected]
2490 OR-99W McMinniville OR 97128 Safeway McMinniville (503) 435-3120 Group B https://local.safeway.com/safeway/or/mcminnville/2490-n-hwy-99-w.html [email protected]
4121 NE Halsey St Portland OR 97232 Trader Joe's Portland Hollywood (503) 284-4232 Group C https://locations.traderjoes.com/or/portland/144/ [email protected]
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