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Embedded map in Blog post must be public?
November 14, 2014
2:52 pm
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MrsGeek
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Q: I  set up a blog with an embedded map last year and it worked well. This year it seems I am not able to get to classic google maps to start a new blog. Instead I get directed to mapsengine (the new version of maps) and it doesn’t have the same link for embedding. It looks to me like the only way to embed a map is to make the map public. If it is not public the embed command is not usable. I don’t want everyone on the web to see that I am not at home and only want friends with a link to the blog to have access. Looks like I will be unable to embed the map?????? Do you have a solution for this dilemma? 

I tried anyone with the link. It seems the only one that works is public so that it is available to everyone and anyone can search it and see that I am away from home.

A: hmmm … I set the map on this blog post to have permissions of Anyone with Link, and I logged out of my google account and it is still visible on the blog post. Maybe try it again? Be patient, it takes a while for the map to load.

Another idea is to just use a screenshot of the map and include the link to the live map.  For sure, the ‘anyone with link’ setting should work there. There are lots of ways to get a screenshot of the map, here is one: 

November 14, 2014
8:38 pm
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So am I right that you are saying, even though you need to have “public” checked to get the embed code to show up? After the map is embedded you can change the map to “only with link” and then publish your post. Knowing that only someone with the link can view it.

 

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November 14, 2014
10:12 pm
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I logged out, waited for awhile, then logged back in and nothing changed … still unable to embed. I then rebooted computer and when I logged in somehow I got into classic maps and was able to embed. I tried this multiple times previously but was not successful, although in the interest of full disclosure I don’t consider myself proficient with maps. It appears to me that if I can get into classic maps then embed works as it has before. But, if in mapsengine (new version of maps), then I am unable to embed unless I have designated the maps as public. I now have to figure out how to get into classic maps and stay there. It seems that Google is making it harder to do this. Maybe a tutorial on getting to classic maps even though Google is pushing us toward the new version would be helpful.

November 15, 2014
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Michael:  Yes, my map was originally Public – that’s when I could get the embed code and put it on my blog. I later changed the map to be visible to “Anyone With Link” and it still showed up in the Blog just fine.

Realize however, that embedding the map into Blogger is the same as giving a link. That Blog page has been given the link to the map. So, anyone who can view the blog page can see the map. It’s just that they can’t search for the map and see it on Google Maps.

Pete: When you first go to Maps, click on My Maps, and then See All My Maps, you are given a choice between My Maps and Classic Maps. However, when I click on that now – I just get a notice that it is no longer available and I must use the new My Maps. If you don’t get that, you will soon.

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