Sometimes you want to give a user an almost instant feeling of being “home” on your website by offering them location based content. There are several ways of doing this, but often you don’t need their exact GPS location. Luckily there are services around, that simply convert the visitor’s IP address to a geolocation.<!–more–>A project I’m working on made me look at some of these services and stop at http://ip-api.com/ . It’s a fast and free service (up to 250 requests per minute) with some pretty good docs and a lot of features, like response data type, custom fields and examples of how to implement. Also e-mail contact is personal and quick.
So, go ahead and build some geo-powered content for your viewers.
Let me be clear about the following: this is not an advertisement, it’s an experience I’m sharing.