How to add many locations to a map

Created March 22 2016. Updated April 20 2016

You can add multiple locations to a POWr Map all at once by uploading a CSV file. Here's how...

Uploading a CSV file to the Map Plugin...


    Click the "Upload" link

    Navigate on over to your map plugin with your properly formatted CSV file. Then click the upload link! The screenshot above should provide some guidance,


    Select the CSV File

    After clicking the "Upload" link, you should be presented with a file selection menu! Go ahead and select the file you wish to upload!


    Let POWr do the Rest

    Now all you have to do is wait until your Map Plugin populates itself with all of the (properly formatted) addresses, names, and descriptions in your (properly formatted) CSV file! Congratulations!

The Format You Need For POWr!

  • Proper Heading

    Address,Name,Description <- Heading




    Your CSV file needs to have a header that contains at minimum an address section. The example above contains address, name, and description sections. The name and descriptions are highly recommended!

    Order and Casing


    Address1,Description1,Name1 <- Fields

    Address2,Description2,Name2 <- Fields

    Address3,Description3,Name3 <- Fields

    Upper and lower case letters in the header do not matter nor does the order in which the header fields appears as long as their respective fields are in that same order. The example above contains address, description, and Name sections - in a different order from the previous example.

    Additional Fields

    address,description,Name,Address <- Duplicate




    Any additional fields outside of the mentioned Address, Description, and Name fields will be ignored. They will not cause errors or change the outcome of the upload. Duplicate header values will result in the last mentioned header taking precendence over the previous

A Brief Introduction to the CSV format...

  • 1) The First Line

    The first line is typically a series of field delimiters. A good example (especially if you're using the map plugin) is to have the first line contain the words Address,Name,Description. Uppercase/Lowercase letters do not matter, nor does the order of the delimiters so long as as they match with their respective fields beneath them.


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  • 2) Separate Entries

    Each record is one line - This means that every entry should have its own line ending with a return/new line character.


    Address1,Name1,Description1 <- One line

    Address2,Name2,Description2 <- One line

    Address3,Name3,Description3 <- One line (Notice how there's multiple lines?)

  • 3) Separate Fields

    Fields are separated with commas. You can enclose fields with double quotes! This allows you to have have fields containing commas.

    "I'm a little tea pot","Short, and, stout". <- Two fields.

    Field 1: "I'm a little tea pot"

    Field 2:"Short, and, stout".

  • 4) White Space

    Leading and trailing white-space is ignored - Unless the field is delimited with double-quotes in that case the white-space is preserved. This means that a field containing

    "[space 1][space 2][space3]Tip me over"

    will contain 3 white space characters in the beginning (Trust me, there's 3 spaces in the beginning of that field) while that same field without the quotes would have the 3 white spaces ignored.

    [space 1][space 2][space3]Tip me over, I'm a tea pot <- No quotes, spaces ignored

  • 5) Double-Quotes in values

    Embedded double-quote characters must be doubled, and the field must be delimited with double-quotes. This is a little weird, but here's an example!

    If you wanted a field to have the following text:

    He said: "and poor me out"

    you would need to have the quotes surrounding "and poor me out"

    each be preceded by an additional double quote giving you the final field of:

    "He said: ""and poor me out."""

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