12 Jul 2018 Google Maps API Changes July 2018
Many of our clients utilise Googles free maps within their websites structure. The new Google Maps API changes mean that Google is moving over to a pay as you go service. It’s important to be clued up on the new Google Maps API changes. Should you wish to continue using Google Maps features within the content of your website.
Learn more about how these changes will affect you.
Here’s everything you need to know – we want to ensure that you won’t be left behind.
1) You’ll be required to set up a Google account and include your billing details to continue utilising your Google Maps API. As a result, 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 each month. These are for use on integrated maps. And is equivalent to 28,000 free page loads per month. Furthermore, 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 changes pricing structure to help you decide how to move forward.
Register today and get the most out of these Google Maps API Changes
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. These 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 each month.
4) The new Google Maps API changes, Pay as you go structure, kicks in from 16th July 2018. So, users will be able to take advantage of the new changes, once they have registered. Continuing to utilise the API within their website. Google has put together an FAQ with everything you need to know to make the best decisions for your business needs. Finally, Google also offers 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 have website development as part of your website hosting package with us at Primal Space we can use some of these monthly hours to implement any changes to your website that you direct us to.
However, changes will only be made when a Google API key is provided.