Recent Changes to Google Maps and How It Affects Your Business

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Posted on Jun 10th 2019

In recent months, you may have noticed that Google Maps on your website has been made unusable with a message reading “This page cannot load Google Maps correctly.”

If this has affected you, this is due to the mid-2018 introduction of Google’s new Google Maps Platform - a pay-as-you-go service based on overall use of the Google Maps API.

There is good news, however: this new service is a freemium one, handing you $200 credit each month should you want to continue using Google Maps, and depending on your implementation of Google Maps and how many times it’s accessed, this free credit can go a long way, meaning you can avoid paying any charges altogether by spreading out your monthly credit*

Our solution going forward is simple, so don’t fret just yet!

Why Do I Need Google Maps?

Popular with businesses, Google Maps is a handy tool for your website, allowing each visitor to pinpoint your location via a well-placed interactive map.

Google Maps is also the most intuitive map available, offering customisation, quick viewing of local landmarks and live traffic, various map styles to fit each user’s preference - such as Dynamic Street View - along with adjustable routes and directions made easy.

All in all, if you need your customers to know and see your exact location when they visit your website, Google Maps is the best online tool to go about it.

Our Simple Fix to This Issue

Google now requires the billing details of your business to get Google Maps up and running again on your website in conjunction with the $200 monthly credit. As one of our clients, we’re more than happy to implement this quick update on your behalf please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.

If, however, you no longer wish to make use of Google Maps, the other alternative we can offer is to remove Google Maps altogether (which isn’t recommended) or to have your location displayed on your website via a static Google Maps image, however this will not be interactive for your visitors.

We’re dedicated to the best online experience for your customers, so in light of this information, please feel free to get in touch with us on how you would like to continue regarding the new Google Maps Platform and we will happily update your website as per your suggestion.

Ready to chat or need more information? Contact us today!

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