Embedding Google Maps Without the API

FriarTuck00

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I apologize in advance if this was posted somewhere else but I didn't see it. Is the Google Maps API required for embedding a Google Map onto a webpage? Or can you still embed using the "old" free method?
 

travelincat

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As of June 11, 2018 all websites need an API key to use Google maps. Without it, you will see this: "This page can't load Google Maps correctly” and the map will display “For development purposes only"
 

travelincat

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This is a new client that just hired us to fix these issues, I do not have access to the site yet.
 

Tim Colling

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@JoyHawkins answer above is most likely the right answer. When you gain access to the client's site, please let us know here what you've found to be the answer.

For what it's worth, I see a lot of contact page map problems like the one that you have shown. It's not a good look, is it? :oops:
 

djbaxter

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I use that method all the time - no API needed:

1. go to the location on Google Maps

2. click on Share

3. click on embed a map

4. copy the HTML code (iframe)

5. paste that code wherever you want the map to appear
 
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Bob Kahns

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This is what I am seeing on a new client's website:

View attachment 3432
Looks like this client is using a full screen map embed, which would require the Map API.
Using the "old" method as Joy referenced would change the map size shown on the website, but would not require an API key.
API keys are free and the change made in June was to pricing tiers/structure. Depending on the amount of traffic to the page(s) using the API key will determine monthly payment (with a $200 credit each month given by Google, and any overages charged.
 

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