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php – "Find nearest location" by Zip/Postal Code?

Posted by: admin July 12, 2020 Leave a comment

Questions:

I need a “find nearest location” on our website.

Where visitor enters their zip/postal code, then they are redirected to specific webpage for our nearest location. We have forty USA and Canada locations.

How can I build something like this? Could I do this with the Google Maps API? I already have a custom map on Google Maps. It’s plotted with our locations. It would be nice to send Google Maps a command to say “what’s our nearest location at ________ zip code”.

Any suggestions?

How to&Answers:

if you have the longitudes and latitudes of each zipcode (search google) you can use the
Haversine Formula to calculate nearest neighbours.

http://www.codecodex.com/wiki/Calculate_Distance_Between_Two_Points_on_a_Globe

Answer:

You need a database of zip codes with longitude and latitude, from which you can calculate the distance.

Answer:

Google Maps have restrictions in using is for business purposes, so you might want to consider those (restrictions) upfront.
From my former experience I would suggest MapQuest API. You can find details here:
http://developer.mapquest.com/ and some quick start guide here http://www.mapquest.com/features/developer_tools_oapi_quickstart

MapQuest seams to be better when it comes to commercial deals. Anyway, check their T&C before you will implement it in production.

They have JavaScriopt an I think regular WS for geo-location decoding.

Regards
Konrad