I have a service with about thousand points. I wish to enable the user to edit the attributes of the features. Since there are so many points, I don’t want to display them as a vector layer (using WFS Protocol) on the map. I am using a WMS layer to display it on the map. Using a WMSGetFeatureInfo control, I am getting the attributes of a selected point and showing them in a form to the user. One possible workaround could be to pull only the selected point as a feature in an additional layer. For instance, after the user selected a point in the WMS throuhgh the WMSGetFeatureInfo control, add a WFS-T layer that only contains the selected point, and remove it again after editing it. Then you only need o display one point at a time in a vector layer. You can change the subset, by calling the SetFilter function, with particular customerid, like this: If your data is stored in a database (such as PostGIS), you could also consider writing a PHP script that updates the feature attribute table based on the feature ID you get from the WMSGetFeatureInfo request. Using the latest version of GeoExplorer you can also style your GeoServer layers and edit the data-sources underneath them. Source.