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The Categories Customization Guide

With Categories and Filters, you can organize the locations on your interactive map by categories.
Once your locations are organized by categories, your map viewers can easily filter your map to find relevant locations.

For example, you can place restaurants in one category and hotels in another one.

Mapme supports a broad range of categories and filters type for maps. It ranges from simple one-level categories to advanced multilevel nested categories with multi-select filters.

It’s now really easy to create an interactive map with categories. Check out this example:



How to create and manage categories

To manage categories, go to Categories on the left-hand side of the editor.

Add new categories

Click on the plus sign at the bottom of the category list to add new categories.
New Category

Number of categories

There is no limit on the number of categories you can create. However, we recommend limiting the number of categories to less than 10 in order to make it easy for the map viewer to view and select the categories.
If you do need a large number of categories, we highly recommend using multilevel categories, so at each level, the number of categories will be easily manageable by your map users.

Sort categories

To change the orders of your categories, simply drag the categories up and down

The sorting of the category will also change the display order of the category markers on the map.

Delete Categories

To delete a category, click on it and click on the red delete button. The location in that category will automatically be removed from that category. Keep in mind that locations which do not belong to any categories are not visible on the map.

Customize your categories

Marker customization

Mapme provides a powerful editor to customize your category markers any way you want, including using your own images and controlling the size of the markers. Learn more about marker customization with our Marker Customization Guide

By default, all the locations you assign to a category will automatically be displayed on the map with the category marker.

If a location belongs to multiple categories, the marker from the first category in the list will be displayed.

You can override that behavior by creating a custom marker for specific locations. In that case, the custom marker will be displayed instead of the category marker.

You can also override all the markers displayed on the map with a single marker for all locations.

This option can be useful for multiselect and multilevel categories.

Marker customization

Category View

You can choose between 2 different display modes when a user selects a category with the map filters.

AutoFit – the map will automatically center and zoom to display all the markers in the category selected
Custom View – you customize how the map will display when a category is selected

Custom View
The category view editor lets you choose:

  • Zoom level – adjust the zoom level with the zoom control or enter a zoom level value. The zoom value ranges from 1 to 22
  • 3D effect – adjust the pitch or angle of the map. The value ranges from 0 to 60 degrees.
  • Orientation – Use the bearing compass tool to change the orientation of the map
  • Location – manually adjust the center of the map.


Custom views are currently only available for single-level categories.

For maps with multi-select categories, if the user select more than one category, the view will be automatically set to autofit. 

Show or hide a category in the map home legend

For each category, you can select between 2 modes:

Show in legend – The category is included in the legend and the locations can be filtered on the map. This is the default mode.

Exclude from legend – The locations in that category are always visible on the map. For example, you can use this mode, if you want drawings to be always visible on the map.

category visibility

Share your map with different categories subset

You can share different versions of your map and choose which categories will show on each version. The other categories will be completely hidden from the shared map. Learn more.

Category marker display rules

You can create advanced rules based on zoom range level to control when the markers from all the locations in a category are displayed. Learn more.

Assign locations to your categories

Now that you created your categories, you can assign your locations to the relevant category. In the location editor, click on “Assign Category” and select the category or categories.

Multiple categories assignment

You can assign multiple categories to a single location. For example, a location can belong to the hotels and restaurants category. Simply click on all the relevant categories to select them.

Hidden locations

Locations that don’t have any category assigned are not visible on the map. This can be handy if you have locations that you temporarily don’t want to display on the map. Instead of deleting them, you can hide them by removing them from all categories. 

Category filters

Your users can select to view the locations of a specific category by clicking on that category. The map will automatically recenter and adjust the zoom in order to display all the locations in that category.

If a category has only one location, selecting that category will open directly the location and bypass the list view.

You can choose to sort by alphabetical order the result of the category filters. Learn more.

Multiple category selections

Mapme also provides the option to select multiple categories at once to create advanced filters.

Learn more about multiple category selection and advanced category filters.

Category subsets

You can share different versions of your map and choose which categories will show on each version. The other categories will be completely hidden from those shared maps. This will:

  • hide other categories from the legend/filter
  • Remove the locations that belong to those categories from the map

Learn more about category subsets

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