How much did the Google Maps API prices increase? The true cost is hidden for many users of the ubiquitous Google Maps API as Google is weaning you onto a potential 9,000% price increase by giving everyone a $200 per-month credit towards API billing through September 2018. For many API users the true sticker shock will come when that $200 credit expires.
Up until July 2018 most users were able to get by with no official Google API key at all. Those that started a site in the past year needed an API key but likely fell under the “free usage limits” and never saw a bill; even if they enabled the older “Pay-As-You-Go” system under Google.
How do you know if you need to obtain a Google Maps API key?
As of June 11, 2018(update: Google has extended this date to July 6) all sites using Google map to geolocate will need a key and a billing account. If you do not have one your map will no longer work. If you are using any of the WordPress Locator plugins, that most likely means you. If your site worked before without one, those days are history.
This store locator service is a subscription and is managed by the Store Locator Plus team. What does that mean? Besides being able to use it on virtually any platform, it also means you do not need to worry about SLP updates nor will you have the hassle of logging into the Google developers console to obtain a key with a Google billing account. You subscribe to our service and pay a monthly fee (subscription) depending on the plan you need. You will not see a “surprise” charge on your credit card in the event you go over the limit.
Switching between WP Store locator to MySLP just became easier!!
Contact us to learn how to sign up for the New “Lock and Load” your Locations from WPSLP as part of your transition process to MySLP. Available with the SLP 4.9.16 release. MySLP plans start for a low monthly fee.
My Store Locator Plus was updated over the weekend to update payment processing. This does not affect billing on existing active accounts and is not related to the WordPress plugins.
Renewing Expired Accounts
For accounts that were canceled within 30 days, whether by choice or because a credit card payment could not be processed, the renew option is back online.
The option to renew a recently-expired accounts had been offline for the past 60 days due to a change in the programming interface at our payment processor. With the changes to the interface all renewed MySLP subscriptions will have a new subscription number. This will not impact your MySLP functionality but for those that keep track of transactions at Stripe (our payment processor) you will note two different subscriptions if you choose to renew your account.