Month: April 2015


Live Sync map administration – from a nightmare to freedom

During the Q&A session of a consulting meeting, one of the team members we were presenting to insightfully asked about the time and resources required to keep real-time maps up-to-date with real-time information. She explained that their inventory information was constantly changing; Sales status, pricing, product specifications, even sales contact information was fluid. Well – it was early days in the development of MapsPLUS and we hadn’t yet tackled this issue head-on, and quickly realized we had underestimated its critical importance. It was clear that without a very simple way to plugin to their inventory data – real-time was simply going to cost too much.

Soon after that conversation we got a call from another builder/developer operating in over 50 communities. She was using another interactive mapping solution that was not meeting their needs. She went on to explain that she was spending a whopping 40% of her time each and every week managing individual map updates from changes to her lot inventory. She told me that she couldn’t even take a vacation for longer than a few days! I estimated that this was costing her firm almost $30,000 per year – and was clearly taking its toll on this bright interactive marketer who should be spending her time doing what she does best – marketing, and not administration.

We went to work right away on the solution – and our LIVE SYNC feature was the result. Here is our simple description of what you can now do with MapsPLUS and your inventory data: Read more…

Google’s Mobile search changes; Prepare your website & Interactive maps

It’s coming again; a change in a Google algorithm, affecting all websites that are not Mobile-friendly. Google recently announced, “Starting April 21, we will be expanding our use of mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal. This change will affect mobile searches in all languages worldwide and will have a significant impact in our search results”.

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Moving Beyond iFrames

Up until the end of 2014, MapsPLUS was rendered exclusively as an iFrame. With the introduction of the faster, more flexible, integrated JavaScript solution, we will no longer be maintaining our original iFrame version.

There are a handful of situations in the land of web development where iFrames can be a quick and convenient solution. As developers of the MapsPLUS application, the iFrame provided an excellent way to quickly offer our maps with virtually no coding required. However, with ease, comes compromise, and we ultimately wanted to provide greater power and flexibility to our clients in implementing their maps. The examples in the Real Estate Showcase on this website, along with the new maps we continue to build, no longer use an iFrame. Our maps are now implemented with a little more customized JavaScript code, giving you more power in what you can do with your map, along with more integration with the rest of your site. We will no longer be supporting our original iFrame version. Here are the main benefits in using our integrated solution compared to the old iFrame method.

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Want Us to Do It For You?

We are map designers, artists & developers. We built MapsPLUS to help you publish interactive maps more quickly and easily, but if you'd like to collaborate with us - we'd love to help you. We've designed maps and created interactive mapping tools for clients over the past 2 decades. If you'd like to know more about our firm - we are E2 + Associates.

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The best way to contact us is either by email, through our contact form or by grabbing the phone and calling Sean Young at 1 (888) 443-7446.



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