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Snazzy Maps: making Google Maps match your website

Google Maps now allows you to customize, so using Snazzy Maps, you can make the feel of your maps match your site for a more aesthetically pleasing experience.

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Snazzy Maps color schemes for Google Maps

Since the dawn of the internet, website owners have been bound by the aesthetics of the maps provided by Google, Bing, and others, but with version 3 of the Google Maps API, custom styles may now be applied to maps so your color scheme and the feel of maps you’re using on your site match your actual site.

Enough with the generic yellow and blue combo you’ve been stuck with and to hell with the average map look – you’re not average, and your site is navy and white, so why aren’t your maps?

Enter Snazzy Maps, a repository of custom styles you or your web developer can apply to your site. The site was created by Canadian tech company, Atmist as a way for them to give back to the community. Submissions received are reviewed, and if approved, featured alongside the creator’s name and website.

All of the styles available on Snazzy Maps are licensed under creative commons and are completely free to use. What we find fascinating is that the available maps aren’t just altered color schemes, but different label sizes, and even some artistic versions of topographic maps.

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The value of being custom

It goes without saying that standing out requires thinking outside of the box, but sometimes it is more about having a seamless experience on your site so the user is always offered a well tailored visit. When a website features high end jewelry and uses deep purples and white as the main colors, the cream and light blue of a standard Google Map can stick out like a sore thumb.

Aside from aesthetics, what using Snazzy Maps really does is proves your attention to detail – that you care about their experience long before you even meet them. That’s the value of customizing all aspects of your site and partnering with a web developer that cares just as much as you do.

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Marti Trewe reports on business and technology news, chasing his passion for helping entrepreneurs and small businesses to stay well informed in the fast paced 140-character world. Marti rarely sleeps and thrives on reader news tips, especially about startups and big moves in leadership.

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  1. Snazzy Maps

    November 11, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Thanks for the great article, Marti. We couldn’t agree more about how important an attention to detail is. All of your points are exactly why we created Snazzy Maps. We are glad that so many people are finding it useful so far, especially since it’s only been out for two weeks. We’ve got a few more features coming up too!

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