Geocoder feature suddenly stopped working

6 posts by 3 authors in: Forums > CMS Builder
Last Post: October 26, 2018   (RSS)

By CommonSenseDesign - October 25, 2018

Hi, there.

A client's site, which I worked on years ago, has a Geocoder search feature. For some reason, the search function has suddenly stopped working: http://mountainoakcheese.com/retailers-search.php. Neither I nor my client has made any changes, so I was wondering what would make this happen. Any ideas, please?

The retail listings page uses the same information that was input via CMSB, and that seems to be okay - http://mountainoakcheese.com/retailers.php?orderBy=title - so I think it's just the search function.

Thanks!

By gkornbluth - October 25, 2018 - edited: October 25, 2018

Hi,

You may have to sign up for a new google api key account.

Google has recently updated the terms and conditions for their API, now you have to have a credit card on file and an API key to be able to use the plugin.

You can see the changes here:

https://developers.google.com/maps/documentation/geocoding/usage-and-billing

https://developers.google.com/maps/billing/important-updates#product_changes

Unless you are heavily using their service, you will not see any change and the service will remain free. (they offer a $200/month credit against any charges)

hope that solves your issue. It did for me,

Best,

Jerry Kornbluth

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By gkornbluth - October 25, 2018

Thanks for the update Greg,

I believe you need the new API Key account whether you are displaying map info or not when using the Geocoder Plugin

I had to do that on a Geocoder install that I am using in order to get the thing to work again.

Best,

Jerry

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By CommonSenseDesign - October 26, 2018

Hi, Greg.

The Geocoder was originally set up for my client by Interactive Tools. Is this something you would be able to update for me, including the Google API?

Cheers.

By gregThomas - October 26, 2018

Hey,

Jerry: Yup, you even need an API key if you want to display a basic Google map. They've really tightened up the requirements for using the map system. 

commonSenseDesign: We can definitely carry out that upgrade for you. If you send an email to consulting@interactivetools.com we can get that process going. 

Greg Thomas







PHP Programmer - interactivetools.com