New Error with Geocoder
On August 1, 2018 our Geocoder page started reporting the following error:
"This page can't load Google Maps correctly."
It has worked properly for the last four years so I think it must be a Goggle change. Anyone else seeing this error?
$GLOBALS['GEOCODER_GOOGLE_API_KEY'] = '***Your API Key Here***';
Thanks for the update on this issue - looks like I need to update my geocoder to the new version!
My errors apply to a client website. I have two issues:
1. I have customized the current geocoder package and the new update cause my client's pages (multiple) to error out.
2. My client feels that I should have known that Google was going to change protocols on their geo site and I should fix all of the code for FREE.
I did contact Google the same way that you did and I do not understand why they need our CC as well. Each page constitutes a project the way I understand it and I'm not sure if they give a multi project (page) key or separate keys for each page. Very confusing!!!!
Due to some recent changes by Google (https://developers.google.com/maps/billing/important-updates), the info in the plugin readme.txt is no longer 100% accurate. We've been looking into the changes and will be updating our documentation with the next plugin release, but for now, I can share some of this new information with you here.
Google now provides a $200/month credit towards their API services. This translates to 40,000 geocoding requests per month (https://cloud.google.com/maps-platform/pricing/sheet/), which should be sufficient for most projects. Accessing the API does now require setting up a billing account with a CC number, but the credit will be applied automatically each month.
If you are at all concerned about exceeding the credit, it's possible to set a hard cap on API usage using quota limits (https://cloud.google.com/apis/docs/capping-api-usage). These limits are per-day, so for the Geocoding API that would work out to roughly a "1300 requests per day" quota limit to stay under $200. Budget alerts are also available (https://cloud.google.com/billing/docs/how-to/budgets) to get notifications about overall billing account usage.
To get an existing API key up and running with the new system, you can try checking out this link: https://cloud.google.com/maps-platform/user-guide/ and clicking on the Transition Tool. This tool will help identify any steps you'll need to take to reactivate the API. Alternately, here are our updated instructions for setting up a new key:
- Visit https://developers.google.com/maps/documentation/geocoding/get-api-key
- Click 'Get Started'
- Select 'Maps' and click 'Continue'
- Click the drop-down to either select an existing project or create a new one, 'Next'
- Follow the steps to create/enable a billing account for this project.
- Accept the prompt to enable the Maps API.
- Copy the API key and paste it into the value for $GLOBALS['GEOCODER_GOOGLE_API_KEY'], and click 'Done'
- (Optional) Click 'Secure Credentials'
- Under Application Restrictions, select HTTP Referrers
- Add the domain for the website(s) this API key will be used on (for example localhost, example.com, 184.108.40.206)
- Click API restrictions
- Select the Geocoding API from the dropdown
- Click Save
Let me know if you have any questions, or if there's anything else I can help with.