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How To Make A Store Locator

The easy way to create a beautiful custom store locator and embed it on your website.

Apr 21, 2022
Steve Benjamins
How To Make A Store Locator

In this article, we’ll demonstrate how you can make a store locator and embed it on your website.

For the step-by-step demo, we’ll use the beginner-friendly yet highly customizable tool, Atlist, to make a store locator for The Burger’s Priest - a delicious burgers takeout spot in Toronto.

Let’s get some basics clear first, though, shall we?

What Is A Store Locator?

A store locator or a store finder is a feature designed to help users find a business's physical place(s) via markers/drop-pins on a map. These maps are typically embedded on the business’s website/app for convenience.

Though it’s called a “store locator,” any business with a physical location they want people to drive to can use it.

For example, Tesla ⁠has a “store locator” on its website to help its users find a nearby supercharger station.

Screenshot: Tesla's supercharger locator

How To Make A Store Locator?

Once your sign up with Atlist, follow these steps to make a beautiful, on-brand store locator:

Step 1: Create a new map

You’ll see a “New Map” button on the Atlist dashboard as soon as you enter. Click it to create a new map. 

Empty Atlist Map editor

You’ll have an empty, untitled map on the screen. Rename it if you want to ⁠— for this example, I named it “The Burger’s Priest.”

Step 2: Add marker(s)

By default, the left sidebar will have the Build option open. You can add markers to your locations from there.

Screenshot: Added markers on the map

If your locations are already on Google Maps, you simply have to search them using the “Search to add a marker” search bar and add them one by one. You can even import a CSV file to bulk add all the locations.

Step 3: Add details for each marker

After you mark the locations, you can add a note and images for each location. Users will see them when they click on the marker.

For example, you can add open hours in the note and images of the place.

Added details for each marker

Step 4: Style

Styling the markers

The default markers are decent and get the job done, but they look out of place when embedded on the website. Therefore, you should style your markers to make them on-brand.

There are two ways to style the markers on Atlist:

1. Style some of the markers

If you want to style individual markers or a group of markers, go to Build > Marker/Marker Group > Style.

Styling options for markers

2. Style all markers

To style all markers, choose Style located beside Build on the left sidebar.

Styling markers collectively

On Atlist, you can style the marker’s color, shape, size, border size, border color, and the icon on the marker.

Styled the markers

I changed everything according to The Burger Priest’s branding

Styling the modals

Modals are popups that appear with the details of the location when you click the marker. You can change its position, background, roundness, shadow, padding, and overall looks on Atlist. You can even decide what you want to show/not show in the modal from there.

Styled the modal window
I kept the position of the modal default (above) and rounded the borders for The Burger’s Priest store locator example.

Styling the map

You can even style the map according to your liking: change the map theme; choose the map type and layer; show/not show the traffic, landmarks, icons, labels; etc.

Changed map theme
Changed the theme

Screenshot: I slid the “Roads” option to the right to display roads to the location and real-time traffic.
I slid the “Roads” option to the right to display roads to the location and real-time traffic.

Your store locator is pretty much ready by this step. 

If you want, you can change the map's controls from the “Controls” option on Atlist. For example, you can decide what to show or not show on your map - zoom button, fullscreen option, current location icon, etc. You can even disable zooming and set the initial zoom.   

How To Embed The Store Locator On Your Website

Made and styled your store locator per your liking? Cool! Now it’s time to make final changes and embed the map on your website.

Under Publish, you’ll have options to set the visibility of elements on the locator and the whole map. For instance, you can show all the locations in the sidebar, choose not to show modals, choose to show a directions button in modal, etc. 

Make some final changes if you like. Though, in most cases, you’d want to go with the default values.

Done? Now you can share the map with people interested in visiting your store. You can do so by sharing a link with them or, the more practical option, embedding the map on your website.

Step 5: Embed the store locator

To embed, you simply have to copy the embed code (HTML) and publish it on your website.

Copying the embed code

Added embed code to website
Pasting the code as an HTML block on the website. 

Note: Make sure you don’t paste the iframe block as text on your site; otherwise, you won’t see the map but the code as text on your site. 

Another note: You can change the height and width of the map by changing the values in the HTML code.

That’s it!

An on-brand store locator is ready!

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