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Snazzy Maps is a community built around creating and sharing great looking styles for Google Maps.
Currently, there are three main components to Snazzy Maps. First, users can explore and use map styles created by others - all styles are licensed under creative commons and are completely free to use. Second, users can create their own style using our map styling tool. Third, users can directly apply styles to Google Maps in WordPress with our Snazzy Maps WordPress Plugin.
All styles are licensed under creative commons and are completely free to use.
The idea arose after our team discovered that version three of the Google Maps API allowed custom styles to be applied to maps. After some research on the topic, we realized that many developers and designers also weren’t aware of this functionality. There was a knowledge gap in the community and no resource existed for users to browse and create map styles.
We absolutely love great resources that make web development easier, so we set about developing Snazzy Maps. It became our way of giving back to the community. And like any great resource, it depends on great content. That’s why we decided to have our awesome users contribute styles and share them free of charge.
The first version of Snazzy Maps was fairly simple and quickly launched in October 2013. Afterwards, we set about improving the functionality and site design. It was in December 2014 that we released Snazzy Maps 2.0, which included our map styling tool. In March 2015, we released the Snazzy Maps WordPress Plugin. Our first open source project, Snazzy Info Window, was released in November 2016 followed by the ability to download map images in April 2017.