Developing a website with US map areas
Developing an interactive map of the United States is beneficial in several ways, especially for the websites that require featuring statistics and data of different states, counties or cities in the US. Many business and government websites are thus using interactive maps in the websites to provide relevant information to the users regarding particular areas such as state-wise sales figures, counties with maximum income, employment condition of a state, results of election, etc.
Building an US map with all the states and counties is not an easy job as there are fifty states and more than three thousand counties in the United States. All the counties have diverse factors regarding political, administrative and geographical aspects. There are more than sixty counties in a state on an average and these counties again include numerous cities and communities. If you want to use certain software like Photoshop to draw the maps of all the US states, followed by the respective counties and the cities, it will be very time consuming process. However, you would require comparatively less time, if you utilize map templates for preparing the maps of all your required areas in US. Here you have to use a map image in either of the MS office applications like PowerPoint, word or excel and then get a map graphic file for setting colors to different areas like counties in a state or cities in a county. Both map drawing software and map templates are not sufficient, if you want to feature US map with appropriate interactivity in your website.
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When you need a map of entire United States in your website with proper interactive functionalities, then using average applications and tools are not enough. You need something more interactive and user-friendly and hence you can use interactive map software and get desired results. When you have interactive map with all the US counties and states, the users can easily get information about their desired location. For example, a user wants to know about employment status in the San Diego County. First, the user can click on the particular state (in this case California) and then the map of counties in that state will pop up. Then the user can drag the mouse to the San Diego County in the map and get the required information, which will pop up with pictures, texts and hyperlinks. Clicking on the links can provide the user with more information. Similarly, a website of a national retail chain can use interactive US map to display its stores in different states and counties and thereby help its customers to locate the stores in different parts of the nation.
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