When we launched our first version on the 27th Jan 2012, Google Maps was pretty much the only mapping API service available. It was also the most widely used map provider on the planet. A lot has changed since then.
We’ve always been a fan of allowing our users to primarily use Google Maps as their main mapping provider. Google Maps has always provided the most feature-rich options. However, a few other mapping engines have come a long way and we’ve received numerous requests to include other mapping providers in our core. This has nudged us to move towards a more universal mapping engine that allows our customers to use different map providers.
In May 2018 we included OpenLayers as an alternative mapping provider to our user base. Although the uptake was initially slow, we now see that more than half of our user base have decided to use OpenLayers in favor of Google Maps. We will continue to promote Google Maps as our core mapping provider but we appreciate the need for change.
As a result of the above (and other external factors), we’ve decided to rebrand to WP Go Maps.
Here’s to many more mapping years! 🥂
Founder of WP Go Maps (formerly WP Google Maps)