Over the past month or so, I’ve found that EveryTrail’s maps — which I’ve embedded quite often in my blog posts — have appeared to be unable to load and I have had issues uploading GPS tracks. It even appears that EveryTrail’s community is gradually leaving given that the site does not seem to be fully operational. It’s rather sad since I had been using EveryTrail for quite some time. After searching around for a solution, I finally came across a worthwhile and brilliant solution. Rather than uploading it on to EveryTrail, I’ll simply host the GPX file on my own site with the WordPress plugin, Google Maps GPX Viewer. I have to express my thanks to ATLsoft for creating and providing this free version.
You’ll begin noticing that for any new blog posts, I’ll be using this GPX viewer to map out the hike. I will eventually get around to changing the maps for other blog posts to the new GPX viewer.
Update [Oct. 4 2015]: Karol Szklarski of TripTrack approached me to try out their embed capability out. Now that I’ve migrated away from WordPress, I’ve begun introducing embedded maps via TripTrack. Generally speaking, TripTrack’s embed functionality is pretty simple and straight forward, although I wouldn’t mind a way to extract embed codes in bulk rather than going to each map. TripTrack’s done a great job presenting itself as a new alternative to EveryTrail and I look forward to and hope for the addition of features to embeds such as altitude and speed.
Update [Nov 25 2015]: TripTrack is now charging a fee of about 5 dollars a month ($50 per year) if you require uploading more than 10 trips or GPS tracks. I’m currently looking into some additional alternatives should someone not want to or can’t afford the fee.
Update [Nov 29 2015]: Did some further research on more EveryTrail alternatives. Read on!