Store Locator Plus for WordPress requires the user of the plug-in to obtain their own Google Map API key as described in our Getting Started Guide.
Previous Guidance from Google
In 2016 Google announced changes that required all new domains to obtain an API key to use the Google Map, Geocoding, or Geolocation services. At that time they announced all sites who were up and running prior to June 22 , 2016 were grandfathered and wouldn’t need a key. Next, Google announced Location Aware functionality would only be available to sites that were secure i.e. HTTPS. As a result , many site administrators in the community updated or migrated their protocol from HTTP to HTTPS. Not an easy undertaking.
Fast forward to the date June 11, 2018. Announcements have been made by Google (see FAQ and Google Map APIS Terms of Service ) specifying , ALL sites will now require not only a valid API key regardless of whether you have a new domain or one that is years old. In addition, a billing account must be associated with the API key and the methodology of calculating quotas will change. The below synopsis is a guide. Please review the information in the links for details as they apply to you.
This article updated 06/01/2018
Please note, if you are obtaining a new Google MAP API key, do NOT add restrictions to your referrers UNLESS you update to version 4.9.15. Earlier versions (prior to 4.9.15) of SLP did not allow for restrictions because you need two keys if you add restrictions. (See news feed from May 30 for release 4.9.15.)
If you already have an API key
- Visit the Google Existing Users Guide and click on the Transition Tool
- You will be prompted to enter your user account information. (The email account you used when you opened your Project to obtain your API key.)
- The Google Maps Platform will show you the Projects and Status with an Add Billing ButtonTo understand your current usage, set up billing alerts and more, visit the new Google Cloud Platform Console
At this stage, if you click on the link titled “Google Cloud Platform Console” while in your account you will see the data usage history for your account . The screenshot provided below is for a new Test Project API that has not been deployed, therefore there will be no data displayed.
WordPress Store Locator Plus Community
WordPress Store Locator Plus users (including Premier members) must update their Google Projects / Map API key and add a billing account as of June 11, 2018. Your billing information will NOT be passed on to the Store Locator Plus team.
My Store Locator Plus Users
MySLP Subscribers will not need to take any action since we manage that service for you. To ensure you receive timely information please subscribe to the News feed. Questions should be posted in the WPSLP forums.