If you’ve used the Data Loader, you know how simple it is to upload a spreadsheet of addresses and have it display as points on a map. The process is easy and we only require a few pieces of data (address, city, state, and/or zip code) to geocode an address, which means users can upload any other data for each address as needed. From dates, names, dollars, and titles, we have given users the option to upload almost any data for an address.
One of the more unique fields when uploading data is the “website” field. This field, once uploaded through the Data Loader, will be an active link in the Info Bubble which will open to that website.
To get started, you simply need to add an additional column in your spreadsheet and label it “website“. For each address, you would add a website URL like so;
Please note, URLs must start with the “http://” to be active on PolicyMap. The example text in red above will be displayed as text only and not be an active link to the website.
Once you’ve added the new column to your spreadsheet, follow the steps in uploading your file. You will see the new column in the Add/Edit Points page and have the same options to edit the text within the field, which means you can add a URL for any address after the dataset is created. Or in the case of our example below, fix the URL for ShopRite and add the “http://” in front of the website address.
This is a unique feature for the Data Loader as it allows a user to make the points on a map even more interactive and linking to sites outside of PolicyMap. Try it out today! If you have any other suggestions for PolicyMap or the Data Loader, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.