Required modules

Download and install all these modules:

DependenciesCToolsViews 3Libraries

OpenLayers map

Configure a map

First we'll need to configure a map, so we have control over how the map is displayed.

Go to Structure > OpenLayers > Maps (admin/structure/openlayers/maps) and add a new map.
Use the Basics settings as shown:

You can change the width/height settings to match your layout.

Layers & Styles

Keep the default Center & Bounds settings.

Use the Layers & Styles settings as shown:

Zoom control

You'll need to save now before changing the Behaviours settings.

For the Behaviors settings, deselect all except:

  • Navigation (keep subitems deselected)
  • Zoom Control
  • Zoom to Layer (use geofield_formatter and Point zoom level: 12 - 1)
    Use a number higher than 12 to zoom further in

These are our basic behaviours settings, you can of course change these to your personal needs.

Field Adress / Field Geo

Add a map to a contenttype

  • Add a 'Postal address' field to content type
  • Add a 'Geofield' with a 'Geocode from another field' widget
    • Link this Geofield to the Postal address field
    • Use the Google Geocoder as the geocoder

When you'll enter an address in the Address field, the GeoCoder module will use the Google Geocoder handler to look up the address and convert this into GeoField data.

Google Geocoder
Display settings

Display settings:

  • Format: OpenLayers
  • OpenLayers preset: Node Map (this is the map configuration created above)


When you now create a node, you'll get a map.

American museum of Natural History map

You might get a Google Map Data overlay.
This is discussed here:

In Part 2, we'll show how to display multiple locations on one map using views.