How to Embed Google Maps Engine

Have y’all checked out my About Me page (here) recently?

After seeing a few other travel blogs with custom Google Maps on their sites, I decided it was finally time for me to add one to New Kid on the Loch.

It took a bit of photo browsing and thinking to try and remember all the places I’ve visited (and I’m sure I left out a lot of places in the US), but I loved being able to embed Google Maps Engine to create my map.

1. Customize Your Map

You’re able to create several layers to your map (I used “Where I’ve Visited” and “Where I’ve Lived”) then look up locations and add them to your map.

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After I finished my map, I did a bit of clicking to figure out how to embed my Google Maps Engine map onto my WordPress site. I also did a bit of Googling and there were a few forums with confused people trying to figure it out as well.

But there’s no need for a plug in or complicated HTML changes. Adding a custom Google Map to your site is simple.

2. Change Privacy Settings

By default, your map is set to ‘Private’ and only you can view it. To share the map on your site and to view the embedding options, you have to change this setting to ‘Public.’

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Click Share

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Make your map public

3. Get the HTML

Google Maps does all the hard work for you and puts together the HTML code to embed your map for you. All you have to do is copy it.

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4. Insert to WordPress

Now all you need to do is log in to your WordPress site and open the page or post where you want to insert your Google Map. Copy and paste your map HTML from step #3 above. Make sure you copy and paste the code under the “Text” view, not the usual “Visual” view.

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5. Enjoy Your Map

You’re done! I’m currently brainstorming other ways to integrate Google Maps Engine on to my blog.

(all photos courtesy of Google Maps Engine)

How would you use Google Maps Engine on your site?


  • This is really amazing! Do you travel for work?

    • Thank you! I wish that I could say I travel for work, but my travels so far have mostly been for pleasure.

  • This is a really awesome feature! And you have travelled extensively! Kudos!

    • Thank you! Seeing my travels mapped out really made me realize how lucky I am to have seen so much of the world already.

  • I’m going to have to come back to this because I’ve been wanting to do this for a while. God Send! Thank you! 🙂

    • Happy to be able to help! Let me know if you share yours, would love to see

  • Will


    Thanks for putting this together. I had a tough time figuring this out on my own. Enjoy your time in Hong Kong.

    • Glad I was able to help, Will! Thanks!