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Customize your My Area map

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The map on your My Area page can be set to display events, consultations, projects, venues, and parks on your site. It includes an address field that your community can use to narrow down the results and learn about all the things happening in their local area.

An example of a my area map

Please note that, by default, images on your My Area map will display as usual when viewed on a desktop, but not when viewed on a mobile device. This improves the user's experience when viewing your site, and gives you more screen space to add the content that's important.

Customizing your map

Your My Area map works like other maps on your site. To customize it:

  1. From the main menu, go to More > Maps.
  2. Select your My Area map from the list. If you're not sure which one is your My Area map you can check which map you've assigned by going to More > Site Management > your site > Settings > My Area
  3. Change any details to the map, or change any layers you need to. For a detailed explanation of updating maps see our Maps module content, or watch the My Area video series.
  4. Preview and Save your map.

A very detailed explanation of how to set the map settings for My Area can be found in the My Area video series, but here's a brief explanation of each tab and how they can be used.


The Overview tab is where you set the map's details. You can set the Name, Description, the Center of the map, the Zoom level, the Auto-fit to layers setting, the Map aspect ratio, and a Location marker for the map. The Auto-fit to layers setting automatically adjusts the zoom level to fit all of the map's layers. We recommend leaving this unchecked if you have many layers with widespread locations, otherwise, the map will automatically be extremely zoomed out. You can also upload a ready-made location marker if you have one, or build it based on the OpenCities options.

Learn more about the Overview tab.


The Layers tab is where you add the layers for your map. Layers tell your map what content to display, so you must create or add at least one for it to display correctly.

You can either create a layer only for this map or add a shared layer you have already created. If you're creating a layer for this map, you can choose to build it based on the pages in your site or import an external layer (such as a kml. file from Google Earth or another GIS platform).

Learn more about the Layers tab.

Shared layers

Shared layers are layers that can be added to multiple maps. You can choose to build them based on the pages in your site or import an external layer (such as a kml. file from Google Earth or another GIS platform). Shared layers can be created or edited by going to More > Maps > Layers > Create layer.

Learn more about shared layers.


The Settings tab is used to configure the rest of the settings for the map. From here, you can choose to:

  • show an address search bar
  • show the layers by categories of points of interest you can filter
  • show results alongside the map
  • show a legend
  • show results when the map initially loads
  • show points of interest from Google Maps such as landmarks or parks

Learn more about the Settings tab.

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