Learn more about how these changes will affect you and your website.
Google Maps are changing on the 16th of July 2018.
Many of our clients utilise Googles free maps within their websites structure. The new changes mean that Google is moving to a pay as you go service. It’s important to be clued up on the new API package. That is should you wish to continue using Google Maps features within the content of your website.
Here’s everything you need to know so you don’t get caught out or left behind.
1) Obviously to create your Google Maps Platform account, you will first need a Google Account. You’ll then be required to signup to Google Maps API Platform online. Following the on screen instructions. Including your billing details and payment card to continue utilising your Google Maps API. You’ll then be able to select the relevant map product(s) as well as your project and billing details to customise the services that you require to suit the needs of your business.
2) The good news is that Google is providing users with $200 worth of Free API calls on their integrated maps each month. This is equivalent to 28,000 free page loads per month. As well as this, there will be no charges for static mobile maps or embedded maps. What does this mean? These types of maps simply serve to show a location of a business address. Chargeable map services are more dynamic maps that are interactive. You can find a full breakdown of the new Google Maps API pricing structure to help you decide how to move forward. The reality here is that most businesses will still be able to use Google Maps on their website for free. Very few will exceed 28,000 page loads a month.
3) It’s important that you register for these new changes to ensure that your Google Maps continue to load on your website and remain functional. Unregistered accounts who continue to utilise Google maps will show as blurred out content or contain error messages which will look unsightly displayed on your web pages. If you aren’t sure whether or not your maps are chargeable, you can cap your account at a $200 monthly minimum spend to ensure you don’t go over your free API allowance.
4) The new Google Maps Pay as you go structure kicks in from the 16th of July 2018. You’ll need to be fully registered by this date to take advantage of the new changes and continue to utilise the API within your website. Google has put together an FAQ with everything you need to know to make the best decisions for your business needs. They also offer free support for existing users.
Firstly you’ll want to set up your account on the Google maps platform. If you’re unsure what package to opt for feel free to contact us and we can advise on what service would best suit your websites needs.
If you already have website development/updates as part of your website hosting package with us at Primal Space. Then we can use some of these monthly hours to implement any changes to your website that you direct us to. Including the addition of the Google API key. This is the only information we require from you to ensure your Google Maps still load. We just need only the new Google Maps API key.
Please note that changes won’t be made until the Google API key is provided.
Get in touch with us today if you need updates made to your website.