How to get a Google Map API key?
Posted by Edward T. on 23 May 2018 11:25 AM
Since June 2016, Using Google Maps (on public websites) requires an API key.
Here we explain how to get one and set it in the right place at the WPL.
Navigate to the Google Maps Platform and click on the Get Started button in the top right corner of the site.
Enable Google Maps Platform
Select the Maps, Routes and Places check boxes and press continue.
Select a Project
If this is your first time creating an API key, you will have to create a Project first.
Set up your billing
Wait for the billing prompt and select Create Billing Account
Select Submit and enable billing.
Please note that you will get up to 28 000 map requests per month and 40 000 direction calls per month, free of charge. You will only be billed when your usage exceeds your monthly $200 credit limit.
Once your billing has been set up, you can move onto creating your API Key.
Create API Credentials
Click on the Credentials option on the API Manager menu in the right sidebar.
Generate Your API Key
Click on API Key on the next pop-up window.
Select HTTP referrers (web sites) and enter the following domains under Accept requests from these HTTP referrers (web sites) replacing yourdomain.com with your domain name:
Click the Save button to save your Key Restrictions.
Enable Required API Functions
API Changes Introduced By Google
Recently, Google Maps have announced certain API changes that will affect everyone using Google Maps. Essentially, Google has implemented new pay-as-you-go pricing plans for their API. On this plan mention, users will get up to 28 000 map requests per month and 40 000 direction calls per month, free of charge.
Other rates and limits found here.
The only thing required from existing users, is to add a credit card to their Google Console account if they haven’t done so already. Unfortunately, the changes introduces are completely out of our control. However, WP Google Maps will be implementing an Open Street Maps integration for the users that would like an alternative solution to Google Maps.
For more information and questions on this topic, please refer to the FAQ for the new Google Maps API changes.