After the positive feedback of our previous post 4 Ways to Increase the Visibility of Your Web Maps, which contained a section on SEO (search engine optimization) for web web maps, I decided that this is a subject that deserves its own post so we can really get into the details. SEO for web maps is particularly challenging because search engines use the text in a web page in order to index it and ordinarily web maps contain very little plain text. In this article I will be sharing some tips and tricks that will help your web maps achieve […]
Web GIS applications are becoming an ever more common requirement in GIS projects and as GIS professionals we are often being taken out of our comfort zone when it comes to developing and deploying these online systems. Tools like Mango are removing most of the pain from web mapping by allowing applications to be built without writing any code or managing any servers, but there are still some important considerations to be made when moving our maps from the desktop to the web. Below are some of the most important.
With over five hundred million active websites online, your shiny new web map is fighting for attention in a huge ocean of content. Never before has it been so important to work hard on improving the accessibility of your web application. As mapmakers, it’s all too easy to spend too much time focusing on cartography and tools and forget that both are useless if our target audience can’t find or access our map in the first place.