Problems with the embedded Google map displaying on your website?

Google recently relaunched its Maps Platform and, as of July 2018, you must add and enable a credit/debit card to your Google account and have a valid API key. So if you have not already done so, you will need to set up your own Google account and enter your payment details (even if you do not expect to exceed the monthly request limit). If we’re the admin for your site you’ll need to give us access to your Google account so we can update the API key – and hey presto your map reappears!

As for costs, Google provides a $200 monthly credit, which should more than cover most business use. If your website displays a simple map with a pin to your office location, and nothing else; then no charges should apply. The majority of maps users will continue to use maps for free. If you are a heavy user of the map system then the new pay-as-you-go pricing structure will affect you.

So if you’ve noticed map errors on your website, chances are you have not yet added a valid payment card to your Google account. We suggest you look at this first before investigating other possible issues.

There are other digital mapping services out there like Bing, MapKit, Mapbox and Here, however, we recommend Google Maps being the most popular with users, especially now with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and that can make a big difference.