How to create Google Maps API Key?

Your map suddenly stopped working and you get the following error?

Oops! Something went wrong.
This page didn’t load Google Maps correctly. See the JavaScript console for technical details.

Please check you browser console, if you’ll see such error This site has exceeded its daily quota for maps. – this article is written for you and required for reading.

Since June 22, 2016 – Google Maps APIs Standard Plan was updated and now it includes follows new rules:

  1. We no longer support keyless access (any request that doesn’t include an API key). Future product updates are only available for requests made with an API key.
  2. We have implemented a simple 25,000 map loads per day free limit for new Google Maps JavaScript API, Static Maps API, and Street View Image API implementations. The rolling 90-day grace period for existing applications is being retired on October 12, 2016.
  3. We have reduced the maximum daily map load limit you can purchase for Google Maps JavaScript API, Static Maps API, and Street View Image API from 1,000,000 to 100,000 requests. Developers requiring higher quota should contact Sales to discuss a Premium Plan license.
  4. We now count Google Maps JavaScript API client-side service requests towards the daily limit of the associated web service API.

Here you can get more information about all updates. Also please check all Maps JavaScript API Usage Limits.

We have already added Google API key for our Google Maps Easy plugin. However since the large number of plugin users, we can simply exceed limits of map loads per day, therefore you may encounter with problem which described above.

In order to protect you from these new limitations, we have added ability to use your own Google API key.

Therefore to avoid this problem, please follow next steps:

  1. At first you need to create Gmail Account and login to it.
  2. Then follow this link and click on “GET A KEY” button.
     
    Get a key

  3. In “Activate the Google Maps JavaScript API” popup window click “Continue”.
     
    Activate the Google Maps JavaScript API

  4. Choose “Create a project” and agree with Terms of Service. Click the “Agree and continue” button.
     
    Register your application

  5. Create browser API key – enter the name for your key and specify website for “Accept requests from these HTTP referrers (web sites)”. If you leave this field blank, requests will be accepted from any referrer. Click on “Create” button.
     
    Create Google API key

  6. Open Dashboard and click on ENABLE API button. Find a section Google Maps APIs and click on Google Maps JavaScript API. After that click ENABLE on the opened page. Enable Google Maps Geocoding API in the same way.
  7. After this you will get your Google API key, copy it.
  8. Go to WordPress admin area of your site -> Google Maps Easy -> Settings. Find the “User API key” field and paste your API key into this field. Please note that Google does not offer an external method of checking the Google Maps API key. Hence we cannot query validation for API key before saving the settings of plugin. Therefore please check your API key more attentively.
    To use plugin’s default API key leave this field blank.
     
    User API key field

  9. Done!

Read more about our Google Maps solution and enjoy our Demos. If you’ll face another problem with Google Maps Easy plugin or you’ll have some questions – don’t hesitate to contact us through our internal support. We will be glad to help you.

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