Important Updates in Google Maps!
If you’re not already aware, Google Maps (GMaps) announced some important updates to continue using their APIs. Here is an excerpt of the announcement from GMaps Platform:
Please take a few minutes to review the announcement to familiarize yourself with the upcoming changes.
- Starting on June 11, 2018, you’ll need to generate a GMaps API key.
- The billing requirement will be enforced and you’ll need to associate your projects/APIs with a billing account.
- In return, GMaps will grant you a $200 USD credit each month. This credit will allow you to continue using GMaps for free. View the pricing table for more details on what you can get under the $200 free credit.
- If your website generates requests or map load volumes below the complimentary $200 per month usage, your usage is free. Usage that exceeds the $200 monthly credit will be charged to your billing account but only if you enable billing. See the Pricing Sheet for an overview of cost per API.
- New pricing changes will go into effect starting July 16, 2018.
My personal opinion about GMaps updates
I also believe that most users, including myself, will continue using the GMaps platform for free with the $200/mo credit. I can say that if you’re not a Premium Plan customer of GMaps, and that your site generates reasonable traffic, then, you’ll continue using GMaps APIs like you were always doing and your cost will be covered by the $200 monthly free credit. However, because providing a billing account can make most of us uncomfortable knowing that we’ll be charged if our usage exceeds the $200 monthly credit, i highly recommend you to change the quotas limits in order to protect yourself against unexpected increases in use. I also recommend you to set up billing alerts in order to receive emails when the charges on the billing account reach a threshold you set.
Note: Please note that the changes are required by GMaps and are outside of our control. Note also that nothing is required from the plugin’s (Progress Map WordPress Plugin) side and that the plugin will continue to work fine. You’ll have to provide your billing info to Google only, not to a GMaps developer (including myself). All changes must be done in the Google Maps section in your Google Cloud Platform Console!