Google Maps does have usage restrictions which you can read about elsewhere, but for public facing websites with less than 25,000 map loads a day the Google Maps API continues to be free.
If you find that a Google Map on your website no longer works there is a good chance that this is why. The fix is pretty easy. I have written this article to walk you through.
So how can I fix it?
First of all you will need to create a Google API key here. The API key will be associated with your Google account, so it is a good idea to use the Google/Gmail account associated with the business or business owner of the website you are working on.
Create a project for your website. It is a good idea to restrict your key to HTTP referrers that you will be using the key on. In my case I use *.domic.ca/* . This will protect you on the off-chance that someone else tries to use your key on their site.
If you are using a WordPress plugin to display your map the error you see may include instructions, generally requiring you to paste your new key into the plugin or template settings somewhere. Otherwise you will need to paste your api key into the code when you call the API.
All this is documented in far more detail by Google. I hope this helped you through your hick-up.
In May 2015, after several years of using Arvixe as our hosting provider and recommending them to our clients, DOMIC decided to become an Arvixe affiliate. By some sad coincidence, Arvixe’s quality of services and support have both diminished considerably since then.
In late 2014 Arvand Sabetian, founder and CEO of Arvixe Hosting decided to sell his business to a larger conglomerate Endurance International Group. Sabetian started Arvixe in his junior year at high school. The staff, which grew to 130 people, all worked remotely with no head-office. His business practices, and his focus on quality won him the Inc.com “30 under 30” for two consecutive years (2002 and 2003) and 5000 for three consecutive years (2011, 2012, and 2013)
However, in an effort to standardize business practices the new ownership has begun a series of ‘upgrades’ which have caused a disturbing number of interruptions to their service and ability to provide customer support. Sadly, instead of using Arvixe as a model for their other hosting branches, they chose to go the other way.
Since the purchase customer reviews have dropped considerably. At this point we are not recommending Arvixe to our clients, but waiting patiently in hopes that they will soon return to the standard of quality we had learned to expect of them.
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We would like to thank everyone who has helped to make Domic’s first year a success.
Thank you! We couldn’t have done it without you. Merry Christmas, and have a wonderful 2015!
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