Google Maps API – Changes June 2018 – Add Payment Method

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Google Maps API – Changes June 2018 – Add Payment Method

May 15, 2018
Steven Steven
  • Steven
    Newbie 37 points

    Hello All,

    I wanted to ask about the NEW Google maps requirements coming up in June, 2018. Google wants people to register and add a credit card for payment in order to use their Maps API.

    The issue is I create a lot of website where I send people to buy a theme licence from you guys and then I create the website with their licence code. I then add an API using my own google account because there is a lot of people that just does not do this or understand how to do this.

    I do NOT wish to add peoples websites under my own account anymore nor do I wish to give Google my Credit Card information to be able to use a map on any website with an API.

    Is there an alternative to this or something we can do instead of adding a payment account using a credit card to be able to use a map on any Premium Press Themes?

    I am sorry, but if I must create an account to use the maps, then I am afraid that this will not happen nor will others want to add their credit card and give to Google. This is my opinion. They offer a free $200.00, but how would we monitor the usage and keep track of what is FREE and what is not. Its just too much extra work and also too scary in my opinion.

    There is even people that don’t have a credit card. How would they even be able to use the maps on their website?

    You can embed a map as of right now, but not use an API without registering and adding a payment method.

    This all is my understanding anyways.



    May 15, 2018 at 6:08 pm
  • Liz
    Elite Member 441 points

    I have the same problem, It is probably best to complain to Google, as Premium Press themes can’t control what Google decide to change or do !

    If we don’t want to give Google credit card details then we simply need to get our website owners to put their card details if they want to use Google Maps.

    As you mentioned they will need to learn how to get a google API , it is not hard.
    Just a few simple clicks.

    There are plenty of YouTube videos showing how to do it easily.

    May I suggest you think about forwarding your Google email update about Google maps changes in June 2018 to your website owners, This is what I am going to do.

    It is not my problem and it is not really your problem either, it is the website owners problem if they want to use Google Maps.

    You must be kind and too soft like me, because until now I have also been doing everything for my clients. This Google maps issue in June is not isolated to Premium press themed websites it affects every website. Very website owner with an Analytics account or google account claiming ownership relating to managing or developing a website got the same email from Google as you did. Hope this suggestion helps.


    May 16, 2018 at 2:51 pm
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