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5 best tools for building custom interactive map in 2023

Updated: Feb 25, 2023



Adding a custom interactive map to your website can significantly improve your visitor engagement and conversion. The problem is building a production-ready, custom interactive map can be complicated and expensive.


Here is a list of top 5 tools for making custom interactive map without coding.

  1. No Code Map App

  2. Atlist

  3. Mapme

  4. Proxi

  5. Felt


We will be evaluating and comparing these tools based a number of criteria including:

  1. Design control

  2. Media embed

  3. Map filter

  4. Call-to-action

  5. Database integration

  6. Drawing kit

  7. Cost

  8. Use case




No Code Map App is a no-code builder that will instantly build a ready-to-use map from your data, complete with side bar, filters and call-to-actions. You can then customize it to your preferred color and style etc. Use it as a standalone page or embed it onto your website.


The only custom map builder that can handle complete dataset without limitation. It allows to you to fully integrate with your no-code database (including Google Sheets, Airtable or Webflow) and add data-based filters as well as specific conversion actions valuable to your operations (including buy, book, pay, fill in forms, call, email, and get directions).


Design control - Yes

  • Complete design control including font, colour, information display, image, audio and map theme.


Media embed - Yes

  • Allows audio and image but no video.


Map filter - Yes

  • Auto-generated based on your dataset and you can customise which filter to show.


Call-to-action - Yes

  • Offers both standard call-to-actions as well as custom call-to-action.

  • Standard call-to-actions like "Directions", "Website", "Email", "Call" are auto-generated from your data

  • You can also specify a custom call-to-action from your dataset. You can link it to any external app e.g., PayPal payment links, Stripe, Calendly, Youtube, online forms etc.


Database integration - Yes

  • You can import data via copy & paste.

  • Also fully-integrated with Google Sheets, Airtable and Webflow CMS so you can have dynamic data updating with your entire database.

  • Can process any kind of data field header and data type without limitation.


Drawing kit - No


Cost

  • Offers a two-week free trial, then US$15 or $39 / month.


Use case

  • Best suited for building custom interactive maps for businesses with a network of locations (product, services or consultants).

  • It is the only custom map maker with database integration, customisable map filters and call-to-action buttons.




Atlist is an easy to use tool for creating on-brand custom maps complete with sidebar and can be embedded on any website. It is mainly focused on design control and when it comes to more advanced data handling it is very limited. It only deals with basic data fields and cannot create call-to-action or proper map filters.


Design control - Yes

  • Complete design control including map, font, colour, sidebar and map markers.


Media embed - Limited

  • Only allows images. No audio or video embed.


Map filter - Limited

  • Only allows basic "grouping".


Call-to-action - No


Database integration - No

  • You can only import data via copy & paste, and only accepts fixed data fields - name, address, notes and group.


Drawing kit - No


Cost

  • Offers a two-week free trial, then US$9 or $18 / month.


Use case

  • Can be used for building simple and more design focused interactive maps.



3. Mapme


The "oldest" tool on this list, Mapme is one of the earliest custom map maker that allows you to create and share on-brand, production-ready interactive maps without coding. While it is limited in terms of data handling, it does offer a comprehensive suite of functions like media embed and object drawing.


Design control - Yes

  • Complete design control including font, colour, information display, image and map theme.


Media embed - Yes

  • Allows images, audio, video and PDF documents.


Map filter - Limited

  • Allows multi-select and multi-level category-based filters as opposed to dynamic data-based filters.


Call-to-action - Limited

  • Allows URL, email or phone.


Database integration - No

  • You can import via Excel (CSV) files, and only accepts fixed data fields like name, address, description, category and call-to-action.


Drawing kit - Yes

  • You can draw lines or polygons.

  • You can also import KML or GPX files.


Cost

  • Offers 7 day free trial then US$39, $75, $150/month.


Use case

  • It can handle many different digital map use cases, including project portfolios, events, neighborhood guides, real estate listings, and locators.



4. Proxi


Proxi is a great free map maker that allows you to create and share interactive local guides and recommendations. While it is limited in terms of data handling, design and media embed, it does offer a number of functions great for creating social maps including voting and crowdsourcing.


Design control - Limited

  • Can only customise map and marker style.


Media embed - Limited

  • Only allows images.


Map filter - Limited

  • Only allow "category"-based filters as opposed to dynamic data-based filters.


Call-to-action - Limited

  • Allows directions, URL and special offer.


Database integration - No

  • You can import via copy & paste, and only accepts fixed data fields like title, address, description, category, tag, URL and special offer.


Drawing kit - No

  • Can import KML file from Google Maps.


Cost

  • Free.


Use case

  • Proxi is best suited for sharing recommendations, curate local guides.

  • It also offers crowdsourcing, voting, basic analytics and team account management.



5. Felt


Felt is a great free and collaborative map maker that allows users to collect and edit spatial information. Different to the above 4 map makers, Felt is more designed as a power tool for data visualisation so it does not offer any business locator functions like location search filter or call-to-action.


Design control - Yes

  • Can custom map layer, map markers, add notes and images etc

  • No sidebar or list of locations


Media embed - Limited

  • Only allows users to add images to the map like stickers


Map filter - No


Call-to-action - No


Database integration - Limited

  • Does not support comprehensive data import.

  • Supports all common vector formats such as File Geodatabase, Shapefile, Geopackage, KML, GeoJSON, OSM PBF, CSV, KMZ, GPX and many more.


Drawing kit - Yes

  • The most comprehensive drawing kit.

  • Marker, Highlighter and Notes allow you to treat a map like a pad of paper, and add comments directly to the map.

  • Map-aware tools like Clip and Route make drawing boundaries or measuring distance easy.

  • Supports all common vector formats such as File Geodatabase, Shapefile, Geopackage, KML, GeoJSON, OSM PBF, CSV, KMZ, GPX and many more.


Cost

  • Felt is free to use for individuals.

  • In the future, it will be introducing new team-based features that come for a monthly fee.


Use case

  • It has one of the best drawing toolkit.

  • Best suited for data visualisation like track climate events, mark up an adventure or create visitor maps.

  • Live multi-player editing is built in. Invite collaborators and work together in real time.

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