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How to Change Advanced Features of an OpenLayers 3 Map

How to Change Advanced Features of an OpenLayers 3 Map

How to Change Advanced Features of an OpenLayers 3 Map

OpenLayers 3 has been the go-to map-creation software for web-developers for years now.

That’s great and all, but how do you use it? What’s it good for? Why should you use it? If you’ve been asking yourself any of these questions, ask no more! This brief guide will answer all of them and more in only a couple minutes.

The Internet is Powered By Code

If you’re interested in developing websites or web applications, you’re going to need a decent understanding of JavaScript. This powerful programming language is everywhere on the internet and OpenLayers fits right into that JavaScript niche.

This makes OpenLayers one of the best fits for embedding custom-made maps, vectors, and more into your website or web application.

Coding Isn’t Easy

Almost everything in OpenLayers can appear considerably difficult if you don’t approach it with at least a mild understanding of JavaScript. However, with even the most modest of JavaScript educations, the following steps become much simpler.

First, import the OpenLayers CSS file. This makes the process of editing advanced features much less time-consuming. A few of the general commands for OpenLayers might help here as well.

Second, add slider controls. Creating two variables, one for fullscreen control and another for zoom, you significantly improve the functionality of your map, making it that much more useful.

The third step for most people is to remove the function that causes the map to zoom when using the mouse wheel.

Lastly, enter the code necessary to generate a pop-up relay, configure the specifics to suit your own individual needs, and you’re good to go!


From this point on, you should have a much better understanding of editing the advanced features of an OpenLayers 3 map. Of course, it’s important to keep yourself grounded firmly in an understanding of JavaScript, or else nothing we’ve said will make much sense.