You can either download the plugin from or install it directly through your WordPress plugins admin page (if you’re using version 2.7+). To install directly go to the Plugins -> Add New page in your WordPress admin and search for “WP Geo”.

To upgrade you can either download the updated version of the plugin and replace the files or upgrade automatically from your WordPress admin plugins page.

If you replace the files manually you MUST deactivate and reactive the plugin to ensure that it can automatically upgrade itself correctly.

Google API Key

In order for the WP Geo plugin to function to must obtain a Google API Key. A single Maps API key is valid for a single web site domain.

Once you have an API Key, go to the WP Geo options page in your WordPress admin, enter the API key and customise the settings.

Manual Installation

  1. Download the wp-geo plugin and uncompress it.
  2. Put the “wp-geo” folder in “wp-content/plugins”.
  3. Enable the plugin in WordPress by visiting the “Plugins” admin page and activating it.
  4. Go to the WP Geo options page and enter your Google API Key.

Manual Upgrade

  1. Deactivate the WP Geo plugin.
  2. Replace the plugin files.
  3. Reactivate the plugin.
  4. Visit the settings page after installing the plugin to customise any new options.

You must always deactivate and reactivate the plugin to ensure it can perform any necessary upgrades to the database.

Problems Installing?

When installing WP Geo it creates a new folder at wp-content/uploads/wp-geo into which it will copy a default set of custom marker images which you can edit if you wish. This means that when you upgrade automatically, these marker images will not get overwritten.

You may find that your server’s permissions may prevent this folder from being created in which case your markers may not show. To fix this simply create a folder at wp-content/uploads/wp-geo and copy the contents of wp-content/plugins/wp-geo/img into it (it is best to keep the copy in the wp-geo folder in case you need to revert to these images at a later date).

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8 Responses to “Install / Upgrade”

  1. Sebastian says:

    When I activate the plugin it gives me this message in dashboard:

    “The plugin generated 484 characters of unexpected output during activation. If you notice “headers already sent” messages, problems with syndication feeds or other issues, try deactivating or removing this plugin.”

  2. @Sebastian. I had the same thing happen with another plug-in, but not this one.

  3. @Admin:
    Typo: Features page

    “Select wether maps appear at the top or bottom of posts (or not at all).”


    P.S. I am glad I found your site. Cool plug-in! I was looking for an answer to a problem I had with another plug-in and found your site. As they say, “there are no coincidences!”

  4. chad says:

    I’m trying to use the WP Geo in the footer of a website I’m developing. The WP Geo plugin shows up in the widget menu. I’ve acquired the API Goog key, but can’t get the map to show up in the footer/widget area.

    Any help would be appreciated.


    • Ben says:

      Which widget are you using?
      Is it showing on some pages and not others, eg posts, pages etc?

    • chad says:

      I haven’t put the shortcode in any posts or pages yet. Are you saying to try that to see if it at least shows up there?

      I’m using it as a widget and put the widget in the footer area, it doesn’t show up on any pages of the footer widget area.

  5. chad says:

    Can you help me with this? I really need this geo location to work for a clients Food Truck I’m developing web for.

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