What Are Single and Cluster Markers in Shack Locations?

Two Types of Map Markers in Shack Locations

Shack Locations is the best Joomla extension for creating map directories with multiple locations. Each map of your map directory can have two types of markers:

  1. Single markers
  2. Cluster markers.

Let's take a look at both of these marker types.

Single markers

A single Shack Locations marker pinpoints a single location. One location - one marker.

For example, take a look at the screenshot below. Here you can see two locations of the Soroptimist International clubs in New Zeland:

  • Invercargill
  • Mataura

two single markers

This map directory has been created with Shack Locations.

Each location on the map here has its own marker.  

Cluster markers

When you zoom out of a Shack Locations map, a few closely located locations-neighbors will most likely overlap. Their single markers will overlap as well. 

What marker of the few locations should Shack Locations display to the map viewer in such case? It actually displays neither of those.

Instead, it intelligently combines such geographically close locations into a cluster. And it assigns the cluster a special marker with the number of the locations included in the cluster.

Let's get back to the map directory of our Soroptimist Clubs. When you zoom out the map of the two clubs, you will see these two locations get clustered.

You will also see only one marker for both of the two locations. As the cluster consists of the two locations, the cluster marker has number 2 inside:

cluster marker

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About the author

Alex is a self-taught Microsoft Certified Professional based in England. He enjoys learning Joomla and helping beginners and web site administrators make the most of it.