Set the Width for a Google Maps InfoWindow

Working with Google Maps v3 is way fun.

If you’re a masochist.

Infowindow width
Scrolling InfoWindow
It seems like there’s no easy way to set the width of an InfoWindow. You can set the minWidth parameter, but that does nothing.

If you have content that exceeds the InfoWindow window, you get this: a scrolling box. That’s terrible.

The solution is horribly easy.

Looking Through the InfoWindow
The solution presents itself.
This will solve all your problems, and make you wish you had the past two hours back of your life: use the provided .gm-style-iw class to style the InfoWindow content container.

/* Just use .gm-style-iw */
.gm-style-iw {
width: 300px; 
min-height: 150px;
}

Google Place Pages – Google Finally Shows its Answer to Yelp.com

Google finally goes “local directory” in Place Pages

Google had been lagging behind sites like Yelp.com in providing a place to find information about businesses. If you did a local search, you would have a “More info…” link that would expand your search result inside the map and have tabs that were badly organized. Not anymore. Enter Place Pages. Google explains it well: “Now, instead of just getting a slightly bigger bubble, you’ll get an entire page of rich details, like photos, videos, a Street View preview, nearby transit, reviews and related websites.”

But don’t let them fool you. This is not just a minor improvement. This is a major entry in the directory website world. Think MerchantCircle, Yelp, CitySearch, etc.

Google Place Pages is a crazy directory…

http://maps.google.com/places/us/denver/s-queen-way/904/-katz-web-services-seo-&-web-design

Google now has pages for each of the “directories” in the URL. The street you live on now has its own Place Page.

…but Place Pages are still “search results”

Place Pages also seem to guess what you’re looking for. If Google thinks that the URL you have entered is related to a page, it will display the related information.

Interesting examples: Continue reading “Google Place Pages – Google Finally Shows its Answer to Yelp.com”

New Google search results — OneBox is upgraded

OneBox SEO

Google’s OneBox results getting smarter

Recently, Google seems to have updated their algorithm for when they show the mapped results (or, “OneBox”). It used to be that the OneBox would show up when viewing 10 results at a time for many most local searches. Now, the OneBox only shows up when viewing locally relevant industries or when a certain number of results are displayed at once. Continue reading “New Google search results — OneBox is upgraded”

Google is crazy and amazing: Completed Street View of Denver

I went to Google Maps today, and I found that Google has updated its Street View functionality to include almost ALL of Denver and the suburbs, including Boulder. This is a CRAZY amount of information.  It’s a truly boggling accomplishment.  I’m kind of shocked.Check out Street View yourself.

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