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OpenStreetMaps as an alternative to Google Maps in Joomla!

If you use Joomla! (CMS / Content Management System), you could switch to the free OpenStreetMaps instead of the recently-turned-much-more-expensive Google Maps, thanks to the OSModul extension for Joomla!:

https://extensions.joomla.org/profile/extension/maps-a-weather/maps-a-locations/osmodul/

At the bottom of this page there is an example that uses a pin icon similar to how a location would appear in Google Maps. And here is an example with multiple pins (shown as ships).

A shortcoming in comparison to Google Maps is that OpenStreetMaps doesn’t show by itself many Points of Interest (POI) on the map for one to get oriented easier. For example the maps for the location at (38.29399, 21.78592) shows up a little bare: https://www.openstreetmap.org/query?lat=38.29399&lon=21.78592 compared to the same location shown on Google Maps: https://www.google.com/maps/place/38°17’38.4"N+21°47’09.3"E/@38.29399,21.78592

So it is best to add some such characteristic locations apart from one’s location pin, as shown at: https://gitlab.com/schlumpf/osmodul/wikis/Additional%20Markers%20Pins

More information on the OSModul extension for Joomla! can be found at:

https://gitlab.com/schlumpf/osmodul

https://gitlab.com/schlumpf/osmodul/wikis/How%20to%20use

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