Google requires an API key to display maps on a website. Acquiring an API key is free and allows up to 25,000 requests per day, and you will not be billed unless usage goes over the free number of views.

Google Maps is a Web-based service that provides detailed information about geographical regions and places around the world. In addition to conventional road maps, Google Maps offers aerial and satellite views of many sites.

What’s a Google Maps API key?

The Google Maps Platform API requires authentication – requests explicitly made on behalf of user’s Google account. Authenticated requests require an api-key.

The Google Maps API key is a long string of characters unique to your Google account that grants other applications such as CONJ to display maps on your website.

Why do I need an API?

Without the API key, your website will be unable to talk to the Google Maps Platform servers. The API key provides a secure way for a website to ask Google’s permission to access your Google account and allow to display any maps embedded in your page or website.

How much using GMaps API costs?

Below is the Google Maps API pricing:

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Google Maps API pricing

Google also gives you a recurring $200 credit on your billing account each month to offset your usage costs. So as you can see unless your generating thousands of requests, using Google Maps on your site shouldn’t cost you anything.

If your site requires more than 25000 requests per day, you will be responsible for extra charges. However, for majority of website owners, this will not be needed.

Generating an API key

Follow the steps below to obtain a Google Maps JavaScript API key:

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Acquiring an API key is from Google Developers Console
  1. First, You’ll need to sign in with a Google account if you’re not already logged in.
  2. Navigate to Google Developers Console to get started.
  3. If you haven’t created a project in the Google Developers Console before, you will need to do that first.
    1. Choose the Create a Project option in the drop-down list.
    2. Click the Continue button.
    3. You may need to agree to the terms before proceeding.
  4. On the screen to create the browser API key, use CONJ for the key name to help identify it in the future.
  5. Leave the referrers field empty for now to make the usage of the key easier.
  6. You’ll also need to add the domain name of the site wherever you’re using CONJ theme.
    • We recommend adding more than one entry using the following patterns: *.yourdomain.com yourdomain.com
    • To avoid problems with www and non-www versions of your domain, don’t include the www part of your website URL.
  7. Click the Create button.
  8. Copy the key shown in the screen/field to enter it in your WordPress admin panel so your site can access the Google Maps APIs.
    1. Log into your WordPress website and navigate to CONJ PowerPack.
    2. From the sidebar on the left, select the Third-Party API tab.
    3. Locate the Google Maps API text-field and paste your API key in.
    4. Click Save Changes.

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