Google Maps: A Change Is Coming
Google recently announced a major change regarding the Google Maps tool used by websites and the new fees this change might bring about.
To prevent the Google Maps service from working on a website, Google urges website owners to:
- have a valid API key
- enable billing with a credit card
Simply put, to ensure Google Maps functions properly on a website, its owner must have a Google account to which a credit card is linked for potential billing purposes. The reason behind this is that on June 11, 2018, some products and services will become fee-paying, and could lead to charges based on usage and the number of calls made to the API. If no action is taken, the Google Maps feature will cease to function properly.
In light of this news, Vortex Solution suggests its clients to continue using the Google Maps API, especially if their website has a store locating tool that helps visitors find the company’s point of sales. However, it is worth mentioning that there are other possible alternatives to Google Maps, such as OpenStreetMap and Bing Maps.
To learn more about the account and pricing changes as well as the product and service updates that will be made by Google, please refer to the Guide for Existing Users or contact our Customer Service Team at [email protected].