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How do I configure the Map feature in OpenCRM using Geonames?

Updated: 26 August 2020 10:19:59 OpenCRM::Settings

Introduction

The mapping feature allows you to view Lead, Contacts and Companies locations on a map by selecting them in List View and clicking Show Map.

When configured this will load up a map screen displaying all the locations of the records selected.

We use a number of different methods to find coordinate details from an address and one of these is the excellent free web service from Geonames which you will need to register a free account with for the mapping to work.

First Time Configuration

If you try to use the map feature before it is configured you will be presented with the following screen:

Click the link to take you to the map configuration page (this can also be found from the Settings page).

This will take you to a page with instructions about registering a new Geonames account.

Clicking the Geonames Registration link will take you directly to the registration page where you will need to create an account using a valid email address.

After creating an account you will receive an email with a link which you will need to follow to validate your account.

Once your account is validated you then need to enable the free web service for the account. To do this click your username in the top right hand corner of the screen next to the logout button on the search bar.

This will take you to your user page on geonames and at the bottom of this page there will be a link which you will need to click to enable the free web service.

Once this is done you will need to return to the map configuration page in OpenCRM and enter your new username in the box provided and click Save.

The mapping feature is now configured and ready for use and will display the locations of any records with a legitimate address (postcode) on a map:

Please note if you are setting this up after you have already entered companies within OpenCRM, you will need to contact our support team to populate the existing records.

If you have multiple addresses registered at the same postcode, when opening the map you will only see 1 pin for this. However if you would like to see multiple pins, you will need to use the change co-ordinates button located in the company record. You would need to change the co-ordinates so they are in the area of the building, in case you need to change multiple records.

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