If you haven’t already heard, Google Maps have made some big changes to the way they allow the use of their Google Maps API, which our WP Google Maps plugin depends on.
In short, the following is important to note:
- All accounts now require a linked credit card in the Google API Console
- All 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: https://cloud.google.com/maps-platform/pricing/sheet/).
- Should it be needed, NPOs can apply for discounts or grants here.
- Nothing is required from our users except for the fact that they will need to add a credit card to their Google Console account if they haven’t done so already
These changes will come into effect on the 11th of June 2018. Please note that the changes mentioned above have been implemented by Google and are outside of our control.
An alternative to the Google Maps API
Although the above only affects 2% of our users (in monetary terms), in order to circumvent this issue we are in the process of integrating with Open Street Maps (completely free API). In the next two weeks we will be allowing all WP Google Maps users the option of using either Google Maps or Open Street Maps interchangeably. This will also pave the way for other integrations such as Bing Maps and others.