Geo Masala

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Add interactive Leaflet Maps. A new block for gutenberg: 'Geo Masala Map'

Author:jhotadhari (profile at
WordPress version required:4.9.6
WordPress version tested:4.9.14
Plugin version:0.1.4
Added to WordPress repository:14-07-2018
Last updated:08-12-2019
Warning! This plugin has not been updated in over 2 years. It may no longer be maintained or supported and may have compatibility issues when used with more recent versions of WordPress.
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  • ## Deprecated
  • This project is no longer active and not recommended for use.
  • It works with WordPress version < 5.0 and the gutenberg plugin. But it doesn’t work with any current version!
  • It is left here for reference

Highly customizable Map Block for Gutenberg, based on Leaflet

  • Customize the Map and its Features directly from within the Gutenberg Block
  • Draw and edit Features. Markers, Lines, Polygons …
  • Customize Feature-Appearance. Icon/Shadow, Color, Opacity, Class-Names …
  • A Wysiwyg Editor to Edit the Popup-Content. Use Images/Videos/Audios inside the Popup-Content
  • Customize the Map itself. Dimensions, Baselayers, Controls …
  • Map Features are shareable and can be used between users and posts (depending on Features settings)

Geo Masala on GitHub.
It’s open-source, free as freedom, free of cost and it will remain free.

How to use

Edit any Post with gutenberg and add a ‘Geo Masala Map’ block, save post and done. Your post will display a map.

  • Draw some Features or select some from the Feature-Panel.
    • The default Status for a new Feature is draft, only published ones are displayed in frontend.
    • To get Features from other posts/users, open Feature-Panel and adjust the Filters.
  • Edit the Feature, change status, icon or color, change the popup content and title.
  • Open the Map Settings Panel and customize the controls.
  • Change the Feature sharing settings for a single Feature, and reuse the Feature in other Posts

The Gutenberg Editor Plugin is required for WordPress versions prior to 5.0, see requirements

What is a Feature?

The term “Feature” is used in the cartographic context. A representation of a real-world object on a map (feature|Definition – Esri Support GIS Dictionary).
Within this plugin, a Feature can represent a simple location (Marker), a way/route/track (Polyline) or an Area (Polygon/Rectangle).
A couple of properties are stored with the Feature, eg. appereance and popup-content data.

How does the Plugin work?

A Feature is saved as a post type, and not saved to the Block!

  • The Plugin registered a new custom-post-type ‘geom_feature’. Each geom_feature is used to store a single cartographic Feature, formatted in geoJSON. The cartographic Feature and other data (appearance, popup-content …) are stored as post-meta.
  • The geom_feature is registered without wordpress ui (List table and editing screen) or appearance in admin-navigation or admin-bar.
  • When editing any post with gutenberg, the ‘Geo Masala Map’ block displays a leaflet map and some settings-panels beneath it. All crud actions (create, read, update, delete) for geom_feature(s) are handled within the editor block using the wp rest api and its backbone client. All geom_feature crud actions are saved immediately (Some ui elements have reset/save buttons).
  • default post_status for geom_feature(s) is ‘draft’.
  • The Features-Panel lists geom_features. Features on Map are highlighted. If a Feature gets removed from map, the geom_feature is still saved and available to use.
  • Therefor a Feature created by one post can be used in another post as well (depending on the individual feature settings). All changes made to a geom_feature are saved immediately and will effect all posts where the Feature is displayed.
  • All attributes related to the map (and not to its features) are stored as block attributes.

In Development

The Plugin is in early development (and needs a sponsor to go on).
Some ui will change and more options will be added.

Coming soon hopefully:

  • wiki and tutorials
  • Possibility to draw routes on a map.
  • Import for gpx/geoJSON/kml
  • Method to add altitude and slope values for features
  • Elevation profile for line/routes
  • Color line/routes by z value or slope

Known issues:

  • Currently there is a maximum for hundred Features, will be changed in future.
  • Feature Sharing: The popover control controls if the Feature appears in a Feature-Pool. If it is already in use somwhere, it will still be used, but just not displayed in Feature-Panel.


  • Most welcome