Google Maps Has Changed its Rules

If you have a Google Map embedded on your website, you may have noticed a few issues lately. In June, Google introduced changes to the way it handles its Maps platform. These new changes require you to update the embedded Maps on your website after adjusting a few settings in your account.

The first important change is that an API key is now required in order to embed a map. The key is basically an identification code for Google to know the embedded map is associated with your account. Regardless of whether your embed already uses an API key, however, the next change will still require you to update the entire Map.

As of June, Google Maps “projects” must now be associated with a billing account. You might not incur actual charges though, as Google also provides a complimentary $200 monthly credit for each Maps project. View the Google Maps pricing sheet to determine the potential costs for your company.

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Contact the Inverse Paradox support team today about rectifying the issues with your currently embedded Google Map. You will need to provide us with your login credentials for the account associated with Maps so that we can set up your Maps project.

If you do not want to give access to your Maps account, visit the Google Maps platform page and follow the steps below to generate your new API key:

  1. Click Get Started
  2. Click Maps Then Continue
  3. Create a Project for That Location
  4. Add Billing Information
  5. Send us the API Key
  6. While inside the project, on the left hand sidebar, click the menu item APIs
  7. Look under the list of Unused APIs and click Geocoding API
  8. On the next screen click Enable.
  9. Repeat the same with Directions API if directions are being used.

Once your project is setup, make sure you send us the new API key so that we can update your embedded Map!