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    Re: Google Maps Platform Announcement email

    That's not good.

    Time to switch to Bing Maps?

    Bad decision, Google.

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    Re: Google Maps Platform Announcement email

    Wanted to bump this thread since the deadline is on 7/16/18. Do we have any real answers? Sounds to me there is still a lot of confusion using a plug-in vs a simple embed code.
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    Re: Google Maps Platform Announcement email

    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Rawlins View Post
    Wanted to bump this thread since the deadline is on 7/16/18. Do we have any real answers? Sounds to me there is still a lot of confusion using a plug-in vs a simple embed code.
    I still believe in my original thoughts... If you use Google Maps Platform (with API calls), you need to add billing info into your account. You will get the first $200 of use for free, which is way more than the average site will use.

    If you just embed a Google Map (not via the Platform with API) you are not using API calls and it is use as normal, just grab the embed code and paste it in.

    Can I put Google Maps on my site without using Google Maps Platform products? (https://developers.google.com/maps/faq#mapswithoutapi)

    Yes. Google Maps now offers the ability to embed the map that you're viewing into your website or blog, without any programming or use of the Google Maps Platform. More information is available here.
    If you are not currently registered and using an API key to generate your Maps, then you won't even get a notice from Google. They would have no easy way to determine who copied the iframe from the basic embed function, just the sites that it is embedded on (could be unlimited sites)
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    Re: Google Maps Platform Announcement email

    Quote Originally Posted by Greg Schueler View Post
    If you are using a WordPress plugin that pulls the Map from the API, you will need to use new system.

    If you simply go to the Maps and click the share/embed link and copy/paste that iframe into your website, you are not utilizing the API and are clear from the new procedure.
    Quote Originally Posted by Greg Schueler View Post
    If you use Google Maps Platform (with API calls), you need to add billing info into your account. You will get the first $200 of use for free, which is way more than the average site will use.

    If you just embed a Google Map (not via the Platform with API) you are not using API calls and it is use as normal, just grab the embed code and paste it in.
    Greg is correct. I can verify that now.

    Just go to any location on Google Maps. For example, the White House: Google Maps

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    3. Grab the html iframe code (spaces added so it's visible):

    Code:
    < iframe src="https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d3105.1503819264844!2d-77.03871848464966!3d38.897676279570575!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x89b7b7bcdecbb1df%3A0x715969d86d0b76bf!2sThe+White+House!5e0!3m2!1sen!2sca!4v1530919654550" width="600" height="450" frameborder="0" style="border:0" allowfullscreen>
    4. And place this anywhere you want the map on your contact page. For free.

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    Re: Google Maps Platform Announcement email

    This announcement is what happened when the bean counters made the engineers close technical loopholes then had the lawyers write copy. As more game and software developers create AR experience, they heavily tap into the rich yet free resource that is Google Maps API. Google doesn't like very much paying for the infrastructure while making nothing. The logical solution is to create a multi-tier platform.

    The majority of current users will not have to pay due to little bandwidth usage. The credit card on-file requirement is a necessary evil to prevent abuses from cunning developers. As Greg had mentioned, using the embed feature within Google Maps is perfectly fine to display a business location and directions on their websites.

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