PulseMaps Blog

Transparent Widget and VIP Plan

July 28, 2011 •

Version 1.3.1 of the WordPress plugin is now out with some cool new features:

  • The widget background can be made transparent.
  • Option added to open map details page in a new window.
  • Possibility to upgrade a free map to a VIP plan with more features.  Details here.
  • Admin site shows a warning and instructions to activate the widget if it’s not done yet.
  • Compatibility fixes for multisite/network installations of WordPress.

The transparent background  looks especially good if you have a background image on your sidebar and don’t want the map to stand out as a rectangle with flat color. It’s useful also if you just want to match the color to the background color of your page–no more fiddling with the color picker and figuring out the exact hex color code to use.

We hope you like it.  As always, if you have any questions, comments, wishes, or praise to share, click on the feedback link. You can find it on the right side of every page here at pulsemaps.com.

Public Map Detail Pages

July 8, 2011 •

One of the most common complaints has been the “Visitor tracking by PulseMaps.com” link on the widget.  Some users have even gone as far as to remove the link themselves.

Obviously, users haven’t been happy with the link. We like happy users, so we removed the link.  It’s gone in the version 1.2 of the plugin.

Now, the entire map is clickable, but without the visual clutter of the textual link.  Clicking on the widget takes you to a map detail page sporting a huge map which can be freely zoomed and panned, along with other interesting information about recent visits, for example. Here’s an example.

Also, maps can now easily be shared and “liked” on the map detail pages.

Widgets with Custom Color and Custom Size

July 1, 2011 •

Our WordPress plugin has now been available for a couple of short weeks, but we already have dozens of happy users. We’ve also received some great feedback from our users (please keep it coming!).

The most popular request by far has been to add more options for color and size, so we did just that.  However, instead of merely adding a few more options, color and size are now  completely customizable.  You can choose any colors you wish, and specify any width between 50 and 500 pixels. Our map widget scales beautifully to any size.

With this new version, we hope you’ll find it really easy to match the PulseMaps widget exactly with your beautiful theme. Download the plugin here.

Introducing the WordPress Plugin

June 19, 2011 •

As promised about a week ago, we are happy to announce the WordPress Visitor Map Plugin!

The plugin makes it dead simple to include a visitor map on your blog. The visitor map shows where your readers are from on a small but gorgeous world map. Simply install the plugin, and drag the PulseMaps widget on a widget area (e.g. a sidebar) on your WordPress blog.  We think it’s pretty cool.

And it’s not only cool, but adding a visitor map on your blog is a great way to build rapport with your audience.  It’s concrete proof that someone actually visits your site, and really helps in building trust with your readers. Also, did we mention the maps are, like, really cool?

Finally, the plugin is completely free!

Check out the PulseMaps plugin at the WordPress plugin directory.

We Are Live!

June 10, 2011 •

We’re proud to announce the PulseMaps service to the world!

PulseMaps is the easiest way on the web to create heat maps (also known as density maps).  Our heat maps can be used to visualize basically any location-based data, such as user locations, population demographics, visualizing cell tower signal strengths… We’ll be posting some interesting, and hopefully sometimes amusing, examples of heat maps on this blog, so stay tuned.

We’ve built a minimalist API to add a heat map overlay on top of Google Maps.  Our JSON API allows software developers to easily include heat maps in web applications.

However, we realize that not everyone is a software developer.  Over the next few weeks/months, we’ll be introducing various tools to create heat maps for various purposes, without any programming needed whatsoever.  The first such tool will be a visitor map widget, like the one you can see on the sidebar of this blog.