GOOGLE MAPS

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Changes to Google Maps

UPDATE: As of late July 2018 Google has not enforced the new API requirements. At this time Squarespace (A Google Partner) does not believe these changes will impact Squarespace based web sites.

Does your WordPress website use a Google Map with special features like multiple pin markers, a store locator or Google’s Driving directions? That requires use of APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) from Google. Google Maps has announced they now require an account, license key and credit card subscription to continue displaying any API empowered map.

Your current map may use an API and not even need it. Popular WordPress themes like Divi use a maps module that requiring an API by default whether you need special features or not. If you have a single location you may be able to switch to a simple embedded Google Map without signing up for an account.

If your map does require an API subscription and you fail to sign up, your map will become low resolution and display a message that reads “for development purposes only.” Google’s new subscription cost for API maps will be based on the amount of map usage / views. Most small businesses and organizations will not exceed the monthly free allotment, but registration is still required.

Making the Google Maps API account transition is a multi-step process. We have included a link for those who want to make the transition without assistance or cost. We suspect a majority of web site owners may not be able to complete the process. Sties Design Agency is offering service options below to help you continue using Google Maps that require an API or replace them with an alternative.

If your map currently uses an API but does not need to we can help you switch to the embedded map.

Option A (WordPress) – Alternative Map – $100 Setup

Pros

  • Uses Open Street Maps so no license is required
  • Uses a WordPress plugin
  • Custom branded pin color
  • No credit card required
  • Map can be fullwidth or narrower

Cons

  • Requires a developer to do some custom coding to implement

Sties Design would

  • Install the new map plugin to your site
  • Create up to 3 pins with data
  • Replace current Divi theme Map Module with a new Code Module on your website

Ready? Contact us today.

Option B – Google Maps – $250 Assistance with Transition

Pros

  • Keep using Google Maps if you prefer them or must use them

Cons

  • Multi-step registration required
  • API License required
  • Credit card required
  • Possible overages*

Sties Design would

  • Walk through the registration process over the phone
  • Use your login to obtain the API license key
  • Create your map project (Up to 3 pins)
  • Change the API license key and map on your website

*Does not include setting custom quotas or usage monitoring.

Ready? Contact us today.

Option C – Google Maps Self Service

If you wish to attempt the transition yourself documentation is available from Google.

Pros

  • Keep using Google Maps if you prefer them or must use them
  • Save money by performing the transition yourself

Cons

  • Confusing, time consuming process
  • May not successfully register or create map
  • Difficulty implementing new API and map on site
Once you have your API license key  you will need to:

WordPress

  • Update any place on your website that stores the Google Maps API key. For Divi that is located at Divi > Theme Options > General > Google API key field. Click Save when finished.
  • Update any instance of the previous map code on your site. That will usually be a block of HTML code from Google Maps, or settings in the Divi Map Module or in a plugin. It is possible the Map Module or plugins may not work (at least initially) with the new Google Maps platform. If so, you will need to replace the Divi Map Module with a Divi Code Module, possibly in a Fullwidth Section and paste in the embed HTML from Google.

Option D – Simple Embedded Google Map – $50

If your map does not need special API features we can assist you with embedding a map from Google.

Pros

  • No sign up or subscription required
  • Lowest cost option if you need assistance implementing

Cons

  • No special features without the API

Sties Design would

  • Evaluate if your map currently uses an API
  • Evaluate if your map needs an API moving forward
  • Used Google Maps embed code in a code block or module on your site as an alternative
  • Use styling options or CSS to retain current map styling / layout (if possible)

Ready? Contact us today.

Maps Assistance Inquiry Form

Let us know if you will require assistance and we’ll be in touch to develop an action plan and schedule service. Please note that because WordPress, themes, plugins and maps systems are developed and maintained by other parties, Sties Design can not guarantee their security, reliability or ongoing use. By using those products and services you agree to their terms and privacy policies.

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*Please contact Sties Design when you notice you map indicates “Under Development.”