Google is now requiring that all websites that use their Maps API must register for a ‘billable’ account. They’re going to provide a $200 per month line of credit so the API can be used for free up to a point, but then charge for any overage. Most likely, you will never be charged but they do require a credit card on file.
One thing we recently added to our theme is an option to turn the map area ‘off’ if you decide do not want to give Google your credit card information and therefore, choose to turn the venue and event map off. If you do turn it off then what will remain is the header label “Location” along with the name of the venue, the address, and a link to Google Maps off of the website.
For more information about this change in policy here’s the link Google provided: https://cloud.google.com/maps-platform/user-guide/pricing-changes/.
To get a sense of what the overage cost might be for a high traffic website, if a site was to reach 120,000 map loads (20,000 over the free monthly allocation) the cost would be $32 for that month.
Setting Up Your Account
Here are the steps you can take to get the new Maps API account set up:
- Go to this page and selected the blue “Get Started” button: https://cloud.google.com/maps-platform/ – at some point you will probably be asked to log into the Google account you’d like this Maps account to be associated with.
- You’ll then see a popup window with several checkbox options. Please select just the “Maps” checkbox.
- In the next step you’ll be asked to ‘select or create a project’. In this case you can create a new project and call it “Your Site Name Maps”.
- You should then be asked to provide your credit card info and then complete the set up process.
After creating your account, email us the new API key that Google Maps should issue upon completion of the process and we will finish the set up.
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