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Kevin McElligott

13 May 2019, 11:41 am

Inbed maps

Hi

As Google no longer supports free map embedding in websites does anybody know of another service to replace these maps

Kind Regards Kevin

Simon Manning

13 May 2019, 1:21 pm

“Basic Embed”, which they describe as a basic Maps Embed API request that uses Place mode (to embed a map with a marker) or View mode (to embed a simple map), is still free. More advanced Google Maps options (like adding directions, street view, etc. to an embedded map or including a map in a mobile application) vary in price but you get $200 credit per month, so basically the first $200 worth of usage is free every month.

If you only use the maps on your website(s) for things like contact pages, with a marker showing where the office/store/whatever is located, the Basic Embed is probably what you’re after and so continues to be free.

Simon

On Mon, May 13, 2019 at 12:41 PM Kevin McElligott <[email protected]> wrote:

Hi

As Google no longer supports free map embedding in websites does anybody know of another service to replace these maps

Kind Regards Kevin

Noel Sergeant

17 May 2019, 4:28 pm

I’m having problems sorting out the new ‘Maps Embed API’ - could some kind sole point me in the way of some instructions? Also, what is $200 worth of usage? Many thanks.

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Simon Manning

18 May 2019, 9:18 am

The Maps Embed API is just the URL with information provided in the query string, which you can generate here: https://developers.google.com/maps/documentation/embed/start

It basically asks you for a search option and when you’re happy with the map that appears on the right, it will ask for your API key and give you some code to add to your website. “Highlight a place or an address”, which adds a marker but can’t be customised, is free. “Just show a map of an area!” is also free, the other options are billed.

Freeway’s existing Google Maps Action uses the Maps JavaScript API, or “Dynamic Maps”, which is billed at $7 per thousand loads, so you get “up to 28,000 loads” free per month. A load is defined as when “A web page or application displays a map using the Maps JavaScript API”, interacting with the map after that initial load does not incur additional charges.

For example, if you have a Google Maps account for a website that uses the Google Maps Action on a single contact page, that contact page would need to be loaded (in a browser with JavaScript enabled) 28,000 times in a month before you start paying. ~900-930 times a day.

You can see more information about the pricing here: https://cloud.google.com/maps-platform/pricing/sheet/

Simon

On Fri, May 17, 2019 at 5:28 PM Noel Sergeant <[email protected]> wrote:

I’m having problems sorting out the new ‘Maps Embed API’ - could some kind sole point me in the way of some instructions? Also, what is $200 worth of usage? Many thanks.