This is a contest demo post.
If your club uses WordPress for its club website, there is an easy way to add a Google Map for your meeting location. Visitors will be able to click to see a larger version of the map or get directions.
The current version of WordPress includes a content block specifically for maps, eliminating the need to futz with embedded coding coding.
In the WordPress editor, click the + button to add a new block. Type the word “map” to see the relevant blocks. There are actually several alternatives shown here, including one from Jetpack (the Swiss Army knife of plugins) shown with a green icon and a couple of others that can be added. Unless you need to do something particularly fancy, I suggest using the default Map block (shown in black / gray).
You will be prompted to add the address of the location you want displayed. If you are meeting at a well known venue, such as a city facility, you may just need to put in the name of that place with city and state as shown here. Otherwise, add the full address including postal code.
This should give you a nicely formatted interactive map display. There are some additional formatting options you can set, which are optional. Although there is a place to enter a Google Maps API key, that also is optional and probably unnecessary for a Toastmasters club website.
This is a replay of a tutorial and coaching session that was attended by club leaders working on websites hosted at Toastmost.org, the web hosting service for the WordPress for Toastmasters project. Thanks to District 62 for being particularly well represented!
See also the links to other resources included below the video.
Toastmasters Meeting Templates and Meeting Events – basic concepts for editing the agenda for an individual event versus a agenda template for all events
Add WordPress Blocks (Different Types of Content) – important to understand for agendas and agenda templates, as well as blog posts and web pages
WordPress for Toastmasters project founder David F. Carr, DTM, will be available to answer question, demo specific features, and gather suggestions for future improvements. This session is for primarily for clubs setting up websites on Toastmost.org, particularly newcomers to the platform.
Topics to be covered will include WordPress basics, as well as how to edit the agenda, but send your suggestions of other items you would like to see covered.
RSVP deadline is past