As of the 11th of July 2018 Google has announced some changes to its Map API which will affect most users who have Google Maps embedded on their site (which is most sites!)
What Are the Google Maps API Changes?
What is the Updated Google Maps Pricing?
|$200 MONTHLY CREDIT|
EQUIVALENT FREE USAGE
|MONTHLY VOLUME RANGE|
(PRICE PER THOUSAND CALLS)
|Up to 14,000 loads||$14.00||$11.20|
|Up to 100,000 loads||$2.00||$1.60|
|Up to 28,000 loads||$7.00||$5.60|
|Up to 28,000 panos||$7.00||$5.60|
|Up to 14,000 panos||$14.00||$11.20|
For monthly call requests above 500,001+ contact sales for volume discounts.
After reading all of these changes happening to the Google Maps API you may be thinking about abandoning the Google Maps ship in search for another Maps API.
That's why we have complied a list of alternatives to the Google Maps API for you to choose from!
If you do not require your Maps to be customised in any way and are happy with the way that the standard Google Maps works and looks, then you can simply find a location for your Map on Google Maps and embed it onto your page(s).
This way you will not be charged as embed requests have unlimited usage under the new Google Maps Pricing.
The only drawback from using an embedded Google Map is that it is not customisable apart from the size of the map on the page and the address the map points to.
Example of an embedded Google Map:
If you would like to customise your Google Maps then you need to be using a map API, fortunately there are other map APIs out there other than the Google Maps API which allows you to do this (and for cheaper!)
Here are a few alternative map APIs:
2,500 free daily transactions and additional transactions to be charged at $0.5/1000 call or even less.
No payment information required upon sign-up and 50,000 free requests a month then $0.50 per 1,000 calls.
90 day free trial without sharing payment information then $49 for 100,000 monthly transactions.
Costs 1/2 of Google prior to their price increase and the engine automatically identifies the physical entrances of 95% of addresses.
With all these changes happening to the Google Maps API, have you decided to switch to another map API?
If so please let us know why you switched and to which map API by tweeting at us!