• Easy to use, customisable and developer friendly.
  • Use the Editor to create Maps containing Overlays (Markers, Lines and Shapes).
  • Every Overlay can be given a title, image and description; which is displayed once the Overlay is clicked.
  • Set styles and options once using Types, then simply select the appropriate Type when adding an Overlay. Lines can display arrows to indicate direction.
  • Add Maps to your content using the Waymark Shortcode, or link to the Map Details page.
  • OpenStreetMap is the default Basemap, with support for multiple Basemaps.
  • Images uploaded with location data (EXIF) will have a Marker placed where the photo was taken.
  • Group Maps together using Collections and display multiple Maps at once.
  • Import from GPX, KML and GeoJSON formats (GeoJSON properties can also be imported). You can export Maps and Collections in the same formats and let your visitors do it too.
  • An interactive profile chart can be displayed for Tracks uploaded with elevation data.
  • Add extra information to your Maps using Meta; these are customisable form inputs that allow you to add additional data to your Maps.
  • Submissions allow registered users, or guests to create Maps from the front-end of your site. You can control who can Submit Maps, what editor features are available and whether submissions should be approved before they are published.
  • For the developers: Maps are stored using the custom post type waymark_map, Meta is stored as Custom Fields and Collections use the waymark_collection Taxonomy. Most elements can be styled using CSS and have sensibly named waymark- classes.

Waymark is free, with no features to «unlock». I try to keep the plugin well supported, so please feel free to reach out with any questions or feedback.


  • Add Overlays (Markers, Lines and Shapes) to create detailed interactive Maps. You can import/export from GPX/KML/GeoJSON.
  • Every Overlay can be given a title, image and description. Marker images can be displayed as a gallery.
  • Waymark features a clean, intuative Editor for creating and editing your Maps. Overlays are customisable using Types, which allow you set styles once (colours/icons etc.), so you can simply select it when you are adding to the Map.
  • If you have more than one Basemap, you can switch between them when viewing the Map. Overlays can be shown/hidden by Type.
  • Use Meta to provide extra information about your Maps. Meta inputs are customisable and can be grouped.
  • The Map Details page displays an image gallery, elevation profile, export options, featured image and all Meta provided for the Map.
  • Add Maps to your content using the Waymark Shortcode. You can choose which Meta is displayed.
  • Organise Maps with Collections and display multiple Maps at once using the Shortcode. Collections can be nested and Maps can be associated with multiple Collections.
  • Waymark was designed to be very flexible, with lots of Settings to choose from.
  • Documentation and Help is available from the Waymark website.


With Waymark enabled, click on the «Maps» link in the sidebar to create and edit Maps. Once you are happy with your Map, copy the Waymark shortcode and add it to your content.

Read the Docs »


Is There a Demo?

Yes, here.

Can I Get More Help?

Yes, please view the Documentation.

Does Waymark Support Google Maps?

While Google Basemaps can be added to Waymark, Waymark does not use the Google Maps API (it uses Leaflet). There are other plugins available that are made specifically for Google Maps.

Can I Translate the Plugin?

Please! Waymark is localization ready, translation contributions are greatly appreciated.


Waymark relies on input from it’s users, thank you to everyone for providing feedback 🙂

A big thank you to the following projects and their contributors. Without their work this plugin would not be possible:


21 Նոյեմբերի, 2023
I use Waymark for my personal blog, to display the routes I cycled and add some markers and comments. All the needed features are there, and much more !!! But my biggest satisfaction is with the developper's support. Very reactive and understanding with newbies like me ;-).
8 Օգոստոսի, 2023 1 reply
The first plugin of this kind that works for me. Data is displayed correctly. Enough possibilities to adjust display. Simple to use.Recommended this plugin very much.
28 Մայիսի, 2023 1 reply
I've tested a few map builders, including premium ones and Waymark beats them all. Simple to use and all the right features. And really appreciate that the developer is actively making improvements and engaging with questions quickly. Top marks.
12 Մայիսի, 2023 1 reply
We were using Waymark for some time and encountered perfomance problems when showing a long route with lots of pics. Not showing the photos initially solved the problem. But we wanted that only for the overall route and not for the detailed ones. After writing a ticket the developer implemeted a short code to initially hide the photos for specific maps. Great support! we love the plug-in.
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Contributors & Developers

“Waymark” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


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  • Minor bug fix.

  • Added a Collections > «Shortcode Method» Setting. This allows you to choose whether Map data is loaded in the Background (via AJAX), or Embedded in the page when embedding a Collection via the Shortcode. Embedding may be a bad idea for LARGE COLLECTIONS, but may resolve some (JavaScript) issues where Collections are not displaying correctly.

  • Fixed a bug where the Shortcode Zoom and Centre parameters were being ignored. Thanks to killianweid for creating this issue.


  • Added map_width Shortcode option, which has been requested a couple of times. Thanks for bugging me! :0)
  • Added Opacity Setting for Line Types (Lines > Opacity), thanks to digbymaass for the suggestion.

  • Meta data is now preserved when the Map is trashed/restored. Thanks to killiandev7 for bringing this to my attention.
  • Fixed a bug where special characters in Description were being messed up. Thanks to killianweid for creating this issue.
  • Fixed a bug with some KML files when loading from URL using Shortcode. Thanks to henkna for letting me know about this.
  • Added Leaflet Basemap examples URL to Settings > Basemaps.
  • Minor bug fixes and improvements.

Added max_zoom Shortcode option, which will prevent the Map from being zoomed in further that this zoom level (usually ~1-20 range). Thanks to microteq for the suggestion.

Added elevation_units (metric/imperial) Shortcode option, which will override the Waymark > Elevation > Elevation Units option. Thanks to randombuffalo for the suggestion.

  • More fixes!

  • Fixed a bug where Maps initally hidden on page load are broken. Thanks to microteq for reporting this.

  • Fix for a weird glitch where sometimes the Map will not «wake» if the mouse is hovering over that Map during initial page load. Thanks to microteq for reporting this.

  • Fixed a bug where Line direction arrows were being shown for hidden Lines. Thanks to microteq for reporting this.


  • Direction Arrows
    • Lines can now have a direction associated with them. To add a direction, click on a Line while editing a Map and select from the direction dropdown. Thanks for the suggestions!
  • Interaction
    • By default, Waymark disables scroll zoom until the user hovers over the Map for 2 seconds. This behaviour can now be customised in Waymark Settings > Maps > Interaction. Settings allow you to adjust the delay and optionally display a message to the user while scroll zoom is disabled, for example «Click or Hover to Wake».
    • Fixed an annoying glitch where mouse «wheeling» over the elevation chart caused the Map to zoom.
    • Added Max Zoom setting in Maps > Basemaps, which was requested a long time ago!
  • Permalinks
    • Customise your Map and Collection URLs in Waymark Settings > Advanced > Permalinks by specifying Map and Collection slugs (i.e. example.com/[map-slug]/example-map/ and example.com/[collection-slug]/example-collection/). Thanks to wkndwlk for the suggestion.
  • GeoJSON Properties
    • You can now read GeoJSON feature properties when importing from file by adding them in Waymark Settings > Overlays > Properties. If Waymark finds data for these properties it will be added to the Overlay description when it is imported. Thanks to waimek for the suggestion.
  • Collection Export
    • You can now Export entire Collections when embedding them with the Shortcode. Click Details in the Shortcode Header to see the Export feature. The Public Export (Settings > Map > Misc.) and Shortcode Header (Settings > Map > Shortcodes) Settings must be enabled. As with Maps only the currently visible Overlays are exported, with GeoJSON, KML and GPX supported. Thanks to wimzwag for the suggestion.
  • Fixed a bug where elevation data remained visible even when a Line was hidden. Thanks to Nigel for pointing this out.


  • Added Map Scale Setting, which displays a distance scale on the Map in kilometers and miles (Settings > Map > Misc.)


  • Individual Overlay Types can now be Shown/Hidden initially using the Shortcode, overriding the «Show Initially» Setting for each. Use the hide_marker, show_marker, hide_line, show_line, hide_shape, show_shape Shortcode parameters, providing one or multiple (comma separated) Type Keys. For example:

    [Waymark map_id=»1234″ hide_marker=»photo,alert» show_line=»green»]

Thanks to hansolo68 for the suggestion.

  • Admin Help page removed in favour of a link to the Waymark website Documentation.

  • Fixed map data container bug, which was causing Map Data not to save.


  • Settings navigation improvements.
  • Submission localization fixes.
  • Minor bug fixes.


  • Editor popup redesign, including Type previews.
  • Front-end Submissions improvements.
  • Lots of other bug fixes and improvements.


  • Bug fix


  • Ignore file extension capitalisation when reading from file. This was a bug that meant reading from file.GPX (instead of file.gpx) was rejected for no good reason.

Credit to Werner for getting in touch and prompting these changes.


  • Bug fix. Uncaught TypeError: Assignment to constant variable. Thanks to huubl for the Pull Request!


  • Front-end Submissions can now be added to a Collection by default. A collection for User and Guest submissions can be specified in Settings > Submissions > Default Collection.


  • Shortcode Files
    • Files (GPX, KML & GeoJSON) can now be displayed using the Shortcode, without the need for a Map to be created. For example:
      [Waymark file_url="http://example.com/track.gpx"]
      By default, all Overlays (Markers/Lines/Shapes) will be displayed using the default Type (i.e. the first listed in Settings). You can specify a different Type to use like this:[Waymark file_url="http://example.com/track.gpx" file_line_type="photo"]. Thanks to Jan de Boer for this suggestion and yorobo for the reminder.


  • Submissions
    • Allow registered users, or guests to create Maps from the front-end of your site. You can control who can Submit Maps, what editor features are available and whether submissions should be approved before they are published. Originally suggested here.
  • Shortcode Markers
    * Markers can now be displayed using the Shortcode, without the need for a Map to be created. For example:
    [Waymark marker_centre="54.526814,-3.017289" marker_type="shelter"]
    As well as the Marker location and Type; a Title, Description and an Image can also be provided. Thanks to Angelo Mariani for this suggestion.
  • Fixed a bug where Shortcode Headers were not displaying on Collection archive pages. Thanks to meggsico for bringing this to my attention.
  • Improved «accidental zooms» when scrolling by increasing the Leaflet.Sleep wakeTime from 1 second to 2 seconds. As requested.
  • Lots of back-end fixes and improvements.

  • Fixed a bug where the Export feature did not work correctly when embedding multiple Maps. Thanks to shenki on GitHub.
  • Waymark now has it’s own website! URLs updated.


  • Maps
    • Maps now support Featured Images; if provided this will be displayed on the Map Details page, as well as by the Shortcode. Thanks to David for the suggestion!
  • Markers
    • Marker Icons can now be custom text or HTML (in addition to Font icons from Ionic Icons and Font Awesome). Thanks for the suggestion!
    • Map Exports are now available on mobile devices.
    • Updated Acknowledgements.
  • Bug fixes
    • Settings JavaScript fix.
    • Settings repeatable dropdown bug.
    • Settings input sanitisation.

A BIG thank you to the following users for their help with testing:


  • Markers
    • Markers can now be different shapes! Markers, Circles or Squares in three different sizes: Small, Medium and Large.
    • Markers can now have any colour background, selected using the colour picker or by entering a hexadecimal color (i.e. #RRGGBB)
    • Markers now support Font Awesome icons as well as Ionic Icons.
  • Types
    • Type labels displayed by popups now match the colours of their respective Marker, Line or Shape.
  • Media Library Uploads
    • By default Waymark does not save any files uploaded through the Editor. Using this option you can use the Media Library to store and import GPX/KML/GeoJSON files into your Map.
  • Bug fixes

  • Localization fixes. Thanks to tobifjellner for the help via Slack.

  • Bug fix. Thanks to cameraspots1 for bringing this to my attention.


  • Meta
    • Meta can now be organised into groups. Meta in the same group will be displayed together when editing and viewing Maps. Groups can be managed in Settings > Meta > Groups.
    • New layout for Meta to incorporate Meta Groups on Map Details page.
  • Shortcode
    • Meta can now be displayed using the Shortcode by clicking «Details» in the Shortcode Header. Use the Settings > Meta > «In Shortcode?» option to specify which Meta is displayed. Note: this feature requires the Shortcode Header be set to «Show» in Settings > Misc. > Shortcode Options.
    • The Export option is now available through the Shortcode, if the «Public Export» option is enabled (Settings > Misc. > Map Options).
  • Editor
    • Overlay descriptions now use a rich text editor.
    • Added the ability to duplicate Markers/Lines/Shapes in the Editor.
    • Editor circle bug fix.
  • Gallery JavaScript bug fix.
  • Waymark is now localization ready! Translation contributions greatly appreciated 🙂
  • Waymark is now on GitHub.


  • Line Elevations — Display an interactive elevation graph for Lines that have elevation data. Minimum/Maximum elevation and total length statistics are also displayed. Customise in Settings > Misc. > Elevation Options. Thanks to leaflet-elevation!
  • Cyrillic alphabet fix.
  • GPX parsing fix.
  • Updated user capabilities for plugin features.
  • Other bug fixes.

A big thank you to everyone who provided input for this release. Extra special thanks goes to coloursign, meggsico, davinian, snake-plissken, sunlight1976 and bumbar for their help with testing.


  • Overlay Filter — This allows your visitors to filter which Markers, Lines and Shapes are currently visible on the Map by clicking on the layer icon. You can choose to show/hide certain Types when the Map initially loads. Enable using the global setting (Settings > Misc. > Map Options), or using the Shortcode.
  • Export — There is now an Export function when editing a Map. With «Public Export» enabled (Settings > Misc. > Map Options) site visitors can download the Overlays (Markers, Lines and Shapes) currently displayed on the Map Details page. Can be used in conjunction with the Overlay Filter to select which Overlays to download. GeoJSON, GPX and KML formats supported.
  • Meta — Added Rich Text, Select and Multi-Select input types.
  • Bug fixes.

Thanks to neilhorton740, carldavidcarlstrom, and coloursign for testing and feedback.


  • Gallery — Added the option to display an image gallery for Markers that have images associated with them. Can be changed in Settings > Misc. > Map Options. Can be enabled using the show_gallery=»1″ Shortcode option.
  • Created Waymark Documentation.
  • Updated the Demo.
  • First steps towards Localization.
  • Added the ability to change Map author. Thanks to andreasrns for the suggestion.
  • Maps now support Revisions.
  • Added «Header for Admin» to Settings > Shortcode Options. Use this Setting to always show the Shortcode Header when signed in as admin, useful for quickly navigating to embedded Maps.
  • Fixed a bug where circles were being added as Markers.
  • Removed undocumented shortcode button in Classic Editor.
  • Fixed Leaflet JS conflict when other instances of Leaflet exist. Thanks to jmruas for bringing this to my attention.
  • Fixed a bug where Types were not being saved for Markers/Lines imported from file.
  • Other minor improvements.

A big thanks to neilhorton740 and carldavidcarlstrom for bug finding and testing.


  • Collections — Can now be given a description and viewed as an archive (lists Maps in that Collection) on the front-end. A link is displayed on the Map Details page (Collection links support permalinks)
  • Map URLs now support permalinks
  • Added the ability to duplicate Maps
  • In the Editor, Markers now display their Lat,Lng
  • Lots of other improvements and bug fixes

Thanks to neilhorton740 and carldavidcarlstrom for suggestions and testing.


  • Shortcodes – Added the ability to specify initial Map centre and zoom through the Shortcode: [Waymark map_centre=»,» map_zoom=»<0-18>»]. Shortcodes no longer require a Map ID/Collection ID. Added Using Shortcodes section to Help page.
  • Maps – Added setting for Default Centre/Zoom when a Map has no data to display.
  • Collections – Added the option to display a link to Map Details pages from Collections
  • Improved Settings input sanitisation
  • Lots more performance improvements and bug fixes

Another big thanks to neilhorton740 for suggestions and testing.


  • Release date: December 17th, 2019

Added the ability to specify a default basemap through shortcode: [Waymark map_id=»1234″ basemap=»Basemap Name»]. Which Basemap to use as the Map Editor default can also be specified in Settings > Misc. > Editor Options. Thanks again to neilhorton740 for the suggestion and testing.


  • Release date: December 5th, 2019

Added Line Weight setting for Lines and the ability to override the Shortcode Header setting through the shortcode. A HUGE thank you to neilhorton740 for the suggestions and testing.


  • Release date: November 8th, 2019

Added support for Meta, which allows you to customise the input fields that display under the Map Editor. Any data you input will display on the Map Details page. Plus some minor improvements and bug fixes.


  • Release date: October 28rd, 2019

Added support for Collections, which allow you to organise your Maps and display multiple Maps at once. Also more bug fixes.


  • Release date: October 23rd, 2019

Integrated leaflet-control-geocoder, thanks for the suggestion! Also minor fixes and tweaks.


  • Release date: October 11th, 2019

Bug fixes and improvements. Thanks again to rottensod!


  • Release date: September 4th, 2019

Bug fixes and minor tweaks. Thanks to rottensod for your bug finding efforts!


  • Release date: July 26th, 2019

Integrated Leaflet.Sleep into Waymark for better zoom/scroll event handling. Thanks to numeeja for this suggestion!


  • Release date: July 25th, 2019

Minor bug fix.


  • Release date: July 23rd, 2019

First public release of Waymark!