Changes to Google Maps

Recently Google Maps have changed their JavaScript API terms requiring API keys for embedded maps where customisation is required. It’s understandable from Google’s position as the API is being used for simple customisation like colour changes and marker icons but is obviously increasing demands on their service.

Google now requires a paid API account for any embedded maps that are done using the JavaScript API, the standard Google map embeds are still totally fine and free to use. In my opinion, this is the ideal scenario as the usabililty of these maps have been tested thoroughly. I don’t feel maps should be customised for such simple reasons as to fit in with aesthetic of a website.

If you get a Google map error on your website, this will probably be the issue and easiest solution is to simply replace with an embed from the website’s Google map listing.