Routes Manager Plugin for WordPress by CreativeMinds

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The WordPress Google Maps plugin allows users to create or manage routes and generate a catalog of map routes and trails with points of interest using Google Maps.

This is a great routes planner tool for bike rides, walks and runs

Google Maps Routes Manager Plugin Description

Easily create custom Google Maps on your WordPress site. The CM Google Maps Route Manager plugin allows users to draw routes and generate a catalog of map routes and trails along points of interest.

Custom maps are an excellent way to visually boost any travel blog or website for outdoor enthusiasts by enabling a simple way to share routes and location information.

Routes Planner and Detailed Mapping Editor Plugin

This Google Maps plugin lets users easily create fully customizable route maps through: choosing route direction, localizing route information, adding geographic tags, building multiple travel routes directly within WordPress, and more.

With the Google Maps Routes Planning feature users can customize map icons and display pictures, descriptions, searchable map markers and other metadata for each map location.

Route Page with Google Map and Heights Diagram
Route Page with Google Map and Heights Diagram

Using this Google Maps plugin allows your viewers to see a detailed trail description along with additional location data like elevation and temperature anywhere in the world.

Showing All Routes on a Map

The Google Maps Routes Manager plugin lets users track and share hiking trails, bike trails, ski trails, walking paths, running routes, roadtrip maps, and more.

You can show all routes on a map index page, display maps using widgets and Google Maps shortcodes to create mobile responsive, interactive maps.

Through Google Maps integration, the Routes Planner tool lets you easily draw or calculate an optimized trail between multiple locations.

Route Index Page Showing All Routes
Route Index Page Showing All Routes

Importing and Exporting KML and GPX files

Routes created with the routes mapping plugin can be shared and used on mobile devices by transferring a KML or GPX file to your mobile route tracking device or app, such as Strava or MapMyHike. Upload a KML or GPX file from your mobile GPS tracking device into the Routes Planner plugin to start building a map from a route you’ve already completed.

Creating a beautiful route map on your WordPress site is easy with the Google Maps Routes Manager.

The Routes Manager plugin also accepts GPX files from navigation devices such a Garmin, Magellan, and other popular handheld GPS devices.

Route Showing Location Taken from GPX Navigation Device
Route Showing Location Taken from GPX Navigation Device

Building Trails with the WordPress Google Maps Routes Manager Plugin

You can use the WordPress Google Maps Routes Manager to draw walking paths, hiking trails, mountain bicycle routes, city walks, roadtrip routes, off road trails and more.

Drawing Routes or Importing from Navigation Device

You can adjust the Google map to automatically show the best route or choose to manually draw your own map route or route direction with your own defined trail.

You can also import your route from a GPS navigation device or a mobile phone app.

Drawing the Route on the Google Map
Drawing the Route on the Google Map

Integration with the WordPress Google Maps Locations Plugin

The Google Maps Routes Planner plugin can easily be integrated with the Map Locations Manager plugin.

When paired together, these two superb Google Maps plugins will support showing all map locations and map routes on the same map, while clicking on a map point will take you to the location or route description page.

Showing Map Locations

The Google Maps Routes Planner plugin can easily be integrated with the Map Locations Manager plugin.

When paired together, these two superb Google Maps plugins will support showing all map locations and map routes on the same map, while clicking on a map point will take you to the location or route description page..

Map Showing Multiple Routes and Locations
Map Showing Multiple Routes and Locations

This is the ideal solution for building a point of interest (POI) knowledge base together with detailed route information.

Using the Google Maps Routes Manager Plugin for WordPress

  • Google Map Base – Use Google Maps to draw your own routes
  • Route Planning and Optimizing – A great way to plan your route and optimize travel through using waypoints and nearby locations
  • Mark Location and Waypoints – Add specific locations to a map route with descriptions and images
  • Show Trail on a Map with Elevation Information – Show a map with elevation loss and gain along the drawn route
  • Search Routes by Keywords, Categories and Zip code – Search routes by keywords, browse by category,or search in proximity to zip codes
  • Support GPX and KML files – Upload map routes generated by GPS navigation devices or smartphone apps
  • Download Route GPX and KML files – Download map routes for use on GPS navigation devices and smartphone apps

WordPress Google Maps Routes Manager Plugin Localization and Supported Languages

Localizing Routes Labels

All frontend labels can easily be changed to any language so the user interface will match that of your audience. This also includes adjusting terminology to fit your use case, allowing you to fully customize the map theme.
Plugin Settings Showing Labels Definitions
Plugin Settings Showing Labels Definitions

Google Maps Routes Planner Additional Plugin Resources

Map Routes Manager Premium Features

Please check the user guide to learn more about this plugin.

Draw routes in Google MapsDraw routes in Google Maps – Plugin use Google Maps as the base for drawing route waypoints and adding route location marks. You can choose to display the route on Google Terrain, Satellite or regular Map layout
Add points of interestsAdd points of interests – You can add points of interest along the route. Each point of interest can have an image and description content. Information can appear as an info-tip on the map route layer.
Routes Index PageRoutes Index Page – All Routes can be displayed in an index page listing all available routes. Routes can be filtered by several parameters. Index page includes both a map with all available drawn routes and a textual list
Upload route from a KML/GPX fileUpload route from a KML/GPX file – Routes can be imported from any device that generates a KML/GPX file. Mobile phones and navigation devices can generate such files
Export route to a KML/GPX fileExport route to a KML/GPX file – Routes created can later be exported to a KML/GPX file and shared with mobile devices, other travel sites and navigation aids
Altitude graphAltitude graph – Altitude is added per each trail view and is also accompanied by information such as trail distance, average speed, peak altitude and more
Images and VideoImages and Video – Images and video can be added to both trail information or per specific locations along the route
CategoriesCategories – Routes can be assigned to categories and filtered by categories
TagsTags – Tags can be added to routes and allow filtering of routes by tags
ShortcodesShortcodes – Several shortcodes are supported. Shortcodes can be embedded in posts and show a single trail, or used to show a map with all trails in a specific category. Shortcodes can also show a user dashboard with all uploaded routes.
SearchSearch – Trail description, locations and route name can be searched by keywords.
Zip code searchZip code search – Routes can be searched using a zip code. Zip code must be assigned to a location located in the route for the zip search to work.
Custom iconsCustom icons – Upload your own custom icons to mark locations along the route.
TaxonomiesTaxonomies – Each route can be indexed under several taxonomies such as route difficulty and route type. Routes can be filtered using taxonomies
Vote for a routeVote for a route – Each route has a star rating widget which users can use to vote for route.
Access controlAccess control – Set which role can create or view routes.
Translate text labelsTranslate text labels – Easily modify all text labels and message appearing in the plugin front-end display.
Moderation and notificationsModeration and Notifications – Admin can moderate routes submitted by users. Admin can recieve notifications for new routes submitted by users. User can be notified when his route was approved.
User DashboardUser Dashboard – User can view and edit all his routes in a dashboard showing all his posted routes.
TooltipsTooltips – User can add tooltips to the routes map for each location and can determine the amount of information in the tooltip. Tooltip can automatically show once route loads.
Weather informationWeather information – Weather information can be shown near each location or on the top part of the route description.

Map Routes Manager Editions and Pricing

Free$39$59 $99
Draw routes on Google mapIncludedIncludedIncludedIncluded
Add description and images to each trailIncludedIncludedIncludedIncluded
Show all routes on a mapIncludedIncludedIncludedIncluded
Import from KML/GPX Not includedIncludedIncludedIncluded
Export to KML/GPX Not includedIncludedIncludedIncluded
Categories Support Not includedIncludedIncludedIncluded
Tags Support Not includedIncludedIncludedIncluded
Images for routes locations Not includedIncludedIncludedIncluded
Search routes Not includedIncludedIncludedIncluded
Search routes by zip Not includedIncludedIncludedIncluded
Shortcodes support Not includedIncludedIncludedIncluded
Weather information Not includedIncludedIncludedIncluded
Altitude graph Not includedIncludedIncludedIncluded
Customize Labels Not includedIncludedIncludedIncluded
Access Control Not includedIncludedIncludedIncluded
Set icon per each location Not includedIncludedIncludedIncluded
Taxonomies and category filtering Not includedIncludedIncludedIncluded
Routes moderation and notification Not includedIncludedIncludedIncluded
On Map Tooltips Not includedIncludedIncludedIncluded
Voting Not includedIncludedIncludedIncluded
Locations Manager plugin includedNot includedNot includedIncludedIncluded
PeepSo integration addons includedNot includedNot includedNot includedIncluded
Routes Custom fields addon includedNot includedNot includedNot includedIncluded
Anonymous Posting addons includedNot includedNot includedNot includedIncluded
Strava integration includedNot includedNot includedNot includedIncluded
BuddyPress integration includedNot includedNot includedNot includedIncluded
Free$39$59 $99

Map Routes Plugins Additional Addons and Modules

The following is a list of additional modules and addons which can be installed together with the Routes plugin and provide additional functionality

CM Maps Routes Manager Anonymous Routes Posting Addon$29.00Add to Cart
Support allowing non logged in user to post routes. Admin can moderate before routes appear.
CM Maps Routes Manager PeepSo Integration Addon$29.00Add to Cart
Integrated the CreativeMinds routes manager plugin with the PeepSo social network. Add the ability for community members to collaborate and discuss trail routes, points of interest & hikes
CM Maps Routes Custom Fields Addon$19.00Add to Cart
Support the option to add custom fields to the route page. Custom fields are also used to filter routes
CM Maps Routes Manager Strava Integration Addon$29.00Add to Cart
Allow users to share routes created with the routes manager on Strava and import routes from Strava to the route manager plugin
CM Maps Routes Manager BuddyPress Integration Addon$29.00Add to Cart
Allow users to integrate the routes manager plugin with BuddyPress and share users routes in BuddyPress user profile

Map Routes Planner Related Plugins

CM Map Locations$29.00Add to Cart
Manage map locations and support location finder using Google maps. Support for location description, images and videos.
CM Answers Pro$39.00Add to Cart
Mobile responsive discussion forum that allow members to post questions, answers and comment. The Best WordPress Q&A module!

Map Routes Manager Frequently Asked Questions

Please check the user guide to learn more about this plugin.

Still have questions? Send us a message and we will reply within 24 hours.



Map Routes Manager Demo

Mountains route – A Map showing a mountains route with detailed description per each location within the route
City walk map example – Walk within the city streets
Collection of trails – Map showing a collection of routes in a specific region
Blog example – Using shortcode it is possible to embed trail map and information
Driving Directions – Click on the upper icon to show exact driving directions

Sites using the Routes Manager Plugin for WordPress

Map Routes Manager Video Gallery

Showing route and trail information on your WordPress BlogMap Routes Manager Plugin for WordPress
Map Location Manager Plugin for WordPress TutorialMap Location Manager Plugin for WordPress Introduction

Map Routes Manager Image Gallery

Version 3.1.1 7th Nov 2017

  • Improved the embed overlay, added Copy to clipboard button.
  • Removed option “Allow to edit routes in wp-admin” since now there are always two links visible (back-end Post edit and front-end Route editor).
  • Added new labels.

Version 3.1.0 2nd Nov 2017

  • Added option to remove locations numbers.
  • Added option to use Direct travel mode for all modes.
  • Added option to choose the starting point for routes (first location or beginning of the path).
  • Added option to hide Google Places on the map.
  • Preventing from showing info window on the iframe embed view.
  • Added missing labels.

Version 3.0.4 30th Oct 2017

  • Fixed conflict with Yoast SEO plugin caused by bug on the index page.
  • Fixed issue with downloading GPX on the custom single route page.

Version 3.0.3 25th Oct 2017

  • Fixed bug: fullscreen causes the route steps doesn’t work.
  • Fixed CSS display in embedded iframe

Version 3.0.2 25th Oct 2017

  • Fixed PHP bug in cm-routes-map shortcode.
  • Fixed typos.

Version 3.0.1 22nd Oct 2017

  • Elevation graph improvements.
  • Embed iframe improvements.
  • Added links to the Route Editor and Post edit on the admin bar and in wp-admin Routes list.
  • Unite gallery align fixed.
  • Made build-in option a default gallery.

Version 3.0.0 18th Oct 2017

  • Added new shortcodes for a single route elements.
  • Added new shortcode for the index page with the AJAX support: cm-route-index
  • Added option to use a custom WordPress page with shortcodes for a single route page.
  • Importing waypoints from GPX files. Exporting locations to the GPX file.
  • Added option to choose gallery library. Added Unite gallery support.
  • Added option to change elevation graph size.
  • Elevation graph enhancements – added crosshair and linked with mouse movement over the trail on the map.
  • Added CSS style for printing.
  • Added options to integrate index page’s map and single route’s map with CM Map Locations plugin.
  • Changed “DIRECT” travel mode name into “Straight-line”.
  • Added option to hide KML and GPX buttons on the frontend.
  • Added option to remove fullscreen button since Google provides that button already.
  • Added option to use standard WordPress’ “Edit post” page for each route.
  • Added metabox with the route’s shortcodes.
  • Added metabox with the route’s editor link.
  • Displaying a category’s description.
  • Added option to process shortcodes in the routes’ description and category’s description. Added shortcodes whitelist option.
  • Added option to embed a route in the iframe.
  • Added route ID column in wp-admin.
  • Loading openweathermap by https.
  • Fixed issue with mouse wheel zooming.
  • Fixed problem with exporting KML file from original GPX.
  • CSS changes.

Version 2.11.0 25th July 2017

  • Changes related to a new addon: Anonymous posting for Map Routes Manager.
  • Fixed typo in labels.
  • Fixed showing comments bug.
  • Added option to embed script in footer to solve some JS issues

Version 2.10.2 19th July 2017

  • Fixed issue with saving routes – workaround for the WPML plugin conflict.

Version 2.10.1 6th July 2017

  • Added missing labels.
  • CSS adjustments and fixes.

Version 2.10.0 4th July 2017

  • Added option to show the author name under the avatar.
  • Fixed issue with rating.
  • CSS adjustments and fixes.

Version 2.9.2 29th June 2017

  • Fixed bug with geolocation marker on the edit page.
  • Added option to set max width and height for the info window. CSS fixes.
  • Fixed issue with route params .
  • Fixed JavaScript issue in the image gallery.
  • Fixed title issue on some themes.

Version 2.9.1 21st June 2017

  • Bug Fixing

Version 2.9.0 20th June 2017

  • Introducing new image upload method that doesn’t require Media Library access nor upload_files capability from the regular users.
  • Added look and feel option.
  • Added option to prevent mouse scrolling on the map until user click it.
  • Added option to add a white outline around the trail polyline.
  • Added option to set the height diagram color as the route color.
  • Added option to center the map on the geolocation marker.
  • Added option to not show geolocation error pop-ups.
  • Added option to refresh map calculation.
  • Added option per location to show the info window once page loads.
  • Added option to hide specific route params eg. climb descent on the Add route and Edit route pages.
  • Closing info window with keyboard Esc button.
  • Improvements in the settings sections.
  • Fixed issues with showing fields.
  • Fixed issue with editing the address.
  • Fixed issue with marker color.
  • CSS improvements.

Version 2.8.1 30th May 2017

  • Fixed centering map on the editor’s page.
  • Fixed issue with showing route params.

Version 2.8.0 28th April 2017

  • Added zip code filter.
  • Fixed showing map when no results found.

Version 2.7.5 20th April 2017

  • Fixed issue with removing custom taxonomies.

Version 2.7.4 19th April 2017

  • Fixed issue with showing map (JS error).
  • Fixed issue with permalinks to the routes’ custom taxonomies.
  • Added support to search by zip code for routes. Route has to have at least one location defined to show up in zip search results
  • Fixed typo.

Version 2.7.3 6th April 2017

  • Fixed bug with dividing trail polyline.
  • Not showing the travel mode switch for the imported routes containing over 200 waypoints.
  • Updated an error message text.

Version 2.7.1 230th March 2017

  • Added option to protect from browsing Media Library for specific roles when uploading an image for route.
  • Info window overlapping with map markers fixed.
  • Improved the info window default value.
  • Added an option to search whole words in route searching.
  • Fixed geolocation marker issue.

Version 2.6.0 28th March 2017

  • Added new parameters to the map shortcodes: width, mapwidth, mapheight.
  • Added option to set maximum width of the image in the location’s info window.
  • CSS improvements.

Version 2.5.0 27th March 2017

  • Added moderation and notification options.
  • Added option to search whole words.
  • Added option to change the location icon size.
  • Added rich text editor for the index page top text.
  • Added option to remove rating.
  • Added new shortcode parameters for the route-map shortcode (zoom, showtitle, showdate, showtravelmode).
  • Fixed author parameter in the route-map shortcode.
  • Added tooltip on locations option.
  • Added tooltip on locations option.
  • Added info window for locations option.
  • Integration with Gecka Terms Ordering for the categories custom ordering.

Version 2.4.0 23rd March 2017

  • Changes related to the PeepSo integration.
  • Added new shortcodes’ parameters.
  • CSS improvements.

Version 2.3.1 15th March 2017

  • Fixed PHP error on the index page.
  • Applied the marker clustering enhancement.

Version 2.3.0 14th March 2017

  • Including the elevation data from imported GPX to calculate more accurate route length.
  • Fixed some JavaScript errors.
  • Added option to change a route’s average speed.
  • Added option to not embed the Google API to avoid conflicts with the Geodirectory.
  • Added option to not create starting point during the import.
  • Added toggle fullscreen button for the index map.
  • Added markers clustering for index page map and single route map.
  • Added option to not show the locations section on the route page.
  • Added API configuration check button.
  • Added directional arrows feature for routes.
  • Fixed bug with showing avatar.
  • CSS fixes.

Version 2.2.0 4th Feb 2017

  • Added the custom taxonomies configuration tab on the settings page so you’ll be able to add any number of the new taxonomies for your routes.

Version 2.1.4 25th Jan 2017

  • Fixed the index map issue displaying an example data.

Version 2.1.3 24th Jan 2017

  • Fixed Google Elevation API query limit issue.
  • Fixed remote connections issue.

Version 2.1.2 22th December 2016

  • Fixed lightbox issue on the route page.
  • Updated instructions video.

Version 2.1.1 29th November 2016

  • Changes related to the Custom Fields addon.

Version 2.1.0 3rd November 2016

  • Added option to extend the locations’ default icons set by adding an additional icon’s URLs.

Version 2.0.7 18th October 2016

  • Updated drawing routes instructions.

Version 2.0.6 17th October 2016

    Fixed issue with elevation graph showing point on map.

Version 2.0.5 14th October 2016

  • Fixed saving route type and tags when imported a file.
  • Fixed editor loading on some themes.

Version 2.0.4 30th September 2016

  • Fixed manually editing the route params on the edit page.

Version 2.0.3 27th September 2016

  • Fixed PHP error when importing a route on the Edit page.

Version 2.0.2 26th September 2016

  • Fixed the sidebar issue in Divi theme.
  • Added option to remove date from maps tiles.
  • Added option to remove route params separator.
  • Improved the settings page layout.

Version 2.0.1 20th September 2016

  • Fixed issue with showing the weather.
  • Fixed the issues with importing routes.
  • Added option to disable creating the ending marker for an imported route.
  • Added fancy style option and the background color setting.
  • Added option to show route params above the map.
  • Added option to put values of the route params on the top.
  • Added option to disable the travel mode switch.
  • Added option to disable the index page map.
  • Added layout options for the index page: list and tiles.
  • Added option to set the tiles width.
  • Added new params layout and fancy to the route-snippet shortcode.

Version 2.0.0 14th September 2016

  • Separated route path and points of interests.
  • Optimized storing the route’s path.
  • Improved KML/GPX import support and removed the importing waypoints limit.

Version 1.1.22 16th August 2016

  • Fixed PHP error in the shortcodes information view.

Version 1.1.21 27th July 2016

  • Updated licensing support.

Version 1.1.20 21st July 2016

  • Fixed api key information.
  • Fixed CSS issue with the elevation graph not displaying.

Version 1.1.19 8th July 2016

  • Fixed temperature units setting.

Version 1.1.18 5th July 2016

  • Fixed elevation graph units.

Version 1.1.17 3rd June 2016

  • Fixed issue with including page templates from child theme.

Version 1.1.16 24th May 2016

  • Fixed generating overview path.
  • Added option to change the default map type: roadmap, satellite, terrain, hybrid.
  • Display adjustments.

Version 1.1.15 24th May 2016

  • Fixed pagination bug
  • Changes to licensing package and dashboard

Version 1.1.13 13th May 2016

  • Added recalculating the route parameters after import.
  • Fixed creating overview path for imported routes.

Version 1.1.12 28th April 2016

  • Improved the import feature.
  • Fixed issue with importing GPX files.
  • Fixed issue with map bounds and initial scaling.
  • Fixed issue with adding image to route.
  • Fixed default map’s editor coordinates issue.
  • Fixed settings issue.

Version 1.1.11 19th April 2016

  • Fixed is_home issue.
  • Fixed settings issue.

Version 1.1.10 13th April 2016

  • Fixed issues related to new WordPress version 4.5

Version 1.1.9 4th April 2016

  • Added instructional video to the route drawing instructions

Version 1.1.7 20th March 2016

  • Updated licensing api.
  • CSS improvements.
  • Showing message after updated a route.
  • Fixed issue with viewpoint bounds for the index map.
  • Fixed uploading screenshots.
  • Default travel mode changed to Direct.
  • Displaying Google error message explanations.

Version 1.1.6 1th Mar 2016

  • Fixed the licensing issue causing the AJAX didn’t work.

Version 1.1.4 7th Mar 2016

  • Added option to use rich text editor or simple editor for the map description.

Version 1.1.2 25th Feb 2016

  • Added automatic updates from plugin dashboard
  • Replaced plugin admin interface including license activation and userguide

Version 1.1.1 22nd Feb 2016

  • Fixed bug when showing map after editing

Version 1.0.9 28th Jan 2016

  • Added option to set icon per each location on route
  • Fixed bug showing route on index page
  • Added option to change background color of label

Version 1.0.8 24th Jan 2016

  • Added GPX import and export support.
  • Keeping the original imported KML/GPX file on the server and exporting it on the front-end.
  • Added WP Comments support per each map.
  • Added option to define sorting order on the routes index.
  • Included new licensing api support.
  • Fixed issue with X theme.
  • Fixed the sticky post issue.
  • Fixed the filtering issue.

Version 1.0.7 24th Dec 2015

  • Added option to choose page template for the front-end.

Version 1.0.6 13th Nov 2015

  • Fixed issue with the KML file import.

Version 1.0.5 24th Nov 2015

  • Added admin notification to create a menu sidebar widget.
  • Added route type and route difficulty
  • Added notice when Google API is missing
  • Fixed bug related to upload images

Version 1.0.2 16th Nov 2015

  • Shortcode improvements.
  • CSS improvements.

Version 1.0.1 13th Nov 2015

  • Fixed searching form.
  • Added option to show travel textual directions.
  • Added bulk export & import feature.
  • Improved KML export and import.
  • Added video attachment support.
  • Fixed issue with editing duration.

Plugin First Release 18th October 2015