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How will the latest changes to Google maps affect you?

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BY Christo Mabbs

{Front-End Web Developer}

16 May 2018

Reading Time: 2 minutes

Google has recently launched a brand new platform for managing Google Maps. This change comes after the addition of various services and aims to provide better flexibility, transparency and control for users.

This change will affect everybody who currently uses Google Maps on their website. For most people, this change will simply mean updating their current project onto the new Google Maps Platform.

What does it mean for us?

Websites that utilise Google Maps must have an API key. API keys can be generated by the Google Maps platform through creating a new project.

Unfortunately, one change is that you have to add your credit card details to this Google Maps project, regardless of whether you believe you will be billed or not.

Don’t worry if you only run a site that simply lists your Google Maps location with a map marker. Google has said that websites that simply embed Google Maps on the web page with a map marker will not be billed, as this will be a free service.

For other services, you can find Google’s full pricing list here.

What are my next steps?

Firstly you’ll need to ensure the Google Maps on your website is managed in a project and that you’ve included the API key on your website. If the Google Maps on your website already has a project and the API key has been added, you’ll need to transition your project onto their new platform. Google has provided a simple set of steps and tools to complete both of these here.

You’ll need to have your project setup and moved onto the new platform by June 11th. If you struggle with this, always make sure to contact an experienced developer to ensure you don’t experience any Google Maps downtime!

If you ever need a hand, just give us a call or send us an email!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Christo Mabbs

Christo joined us last year to reinforce our web development team, and has gone from strength to strength in that time. Keen as a bean, he makes the world of code easy to understand and as such is a dream to work with for clients and colleagues alike.

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