At first glance the Google Map API may seem scary, I mean, were do you possibly start? You probably only want to display a simple map that displays directions to your clients address, you don’t really want an all singing and dancing interactive map with more options than necessary. There has to be a simpler way.
Of course there is, and as with almost all web site interactivity, jQuery does offer some simple and easy to use plugins.
The plugins below offer not only an easier method to install a map, they also offer the option to add extra functionality, should you choose to need them. They also all come with a varied degree of docs, some are extensive and some non-existent, so choose your plugin wisely.
I have also listed a couple of beginner jQuery and Google Map tutorials at the the bottom of the post. If you are taking your first steps within Google Maps, I suggest you start there.