[wp-hackers] Comments and Google Maps
blalor at bravo5.org
Mon Nov 14 02:00:40 GMT 2005
Good evening, all. I'm trying to find a way to plot the location of
commenters on a Google Map within a Page in WP. I don't yet see a
plugin for this, so I'm going to attempt to whack something
together. If this has already been done by someone, please let me
know so I can stop wasting my time and everyone elses'. :-)
The basic concept is this: have a Page (in WP parlance) titled
something along the lines of "Reader Locations", and collect on that
page, via comments, the location of the commenter. I intend to
create a plugin that will add several fields (post code, lat/lon) to
the comment form, and then, from within the page, present a Google
Map with the locations plotted onto it. This started off seeming
fairly simple, but now I'm starting to see some additional complexity.
It looks like, in order to store the additional geographical
information about the comment, I will have to create my own table in
the DB. Is this correct? Is there any existing mechanism for
storing arbitrary data about a comment?
I'd say that's the first thing I'm struggling with. Once I'm able to
store the content, enabling a Page or post with this capability will
be simply adding a custom field or checking a box when editing the
post. I'll probably provide another PHP template that will provide
the comments as an XML file to be consumed by the mapping code.
Is there a good example to follow that does something similar?
Brian Lalor / blalor at bravo5.org
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