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Setting multiple locations in one entree

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atelier
atelier

Hi

I must admit that I yet have to try your addon out ;-) but already now I have a question.

I am looking for a way to add multiple locations in one entry. My client wants to make connections between the points that we can show that as a route. It has to be one entry for other reasons.

I was thinking using Matrix, or another repeating fieldtype and populate each cell with one point. I could call the Matrix at the frontend to creata my route.
Has any of you done this before?

Thanks for tips!

Elliot Lewis
# 1
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Elliot Lewis

It’s simple to add multiple locations, just create multiple fields. You can then use the co-ordinates in your templates, or front-end JS. This is a simple fieldtype and works well if all you need is data to then put markers on a Map.

If you need more complicated features check out ‘Google Maps for ExpressionEngine’
http://devot-ee.com/add-ons/google-maps

atelier
# 2
atelier

Hi

Thanks. But that solution does not work for me, I am afraid.
I do not know how many more points I need.

I am working now on a solution with reverse related entrees, creating a list in a Template.

(Thanks for the tip about Google Maps for EE)

Thanks for making your work avayable! Awesome.

Elliot Lewis
# 3
Developer
Elliot Lewis

It entirely depends on what you’re trying to achieve. The fieldtype provides a UI for non-technical people to locate somewhere. As developers we need the lat/lng to do something with a location!

If you wanted to draw straight lines between points to create a route, then you could use lots of lat/lng points. If you need to do that then Google Maps for ExpressionEngine will save you a lot of time.

Alternatively if you want a route between 2 points Google has a webservice for this with their Directions API:
https://developers.google.com/maps/documentation/webservices/

You could have 2 fields types in EEs CP and your client select a start and end point then you use the Directions API to plot a route on the front-end.

atelier
# 4
atelier

For this new feature on this site I need to create custom routes with multiple points. In areas that have no roads (straight through wood and farmland)  I use Gmaps http://devot-ee.com/add-ons/gmaps for my Templates, and MX Google Maps http://devot-ee.com/add-ons/mx-google-maps for adding points.

I was looking for other solutions and found your addon. I tested it now, it does exactly what it has to do. I have a use for it on another site, so thank you!

But indeed, ‘Google Maps for ExpressionEngine’ looks promising being all in one.