Google Maps - alternatives?

Discussion in 'Ecommerce Forum' started by Lucan Unlordly, Aug 7, 2019.

  1. Lucan Unlordly

    Lucan Unlordly UKBF Ace Free Member

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    For several years we've had a search facility on our website that allows people to find their nearest outlet.
    Using Google Map services to generate the latitude and longitude map coordinates from their address, we'd then use another Google Map service to determine 'within a certain x distance' from their search address.

    Google have, it seems, changed the parameters for use and are charging for use now. Fully understandable but we'll have some on costs re-writing as required.

    Does anybody know of a suitable alternative or acn direct us to a list of likely costs to continue using the Google facility?
     
    Posted: Aug 7, 2019 By: Lucan Unlordly Member since: Feb 24, 2009
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  2. Mike Hayes

    Mike Hayes UKBF Enthusiast Free Member

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    Posted: Aug 7, 2019 By: Mike Hayes Member since: Jan 7, 2016
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  3. estwig

    estwig UKBF Legend Free Member

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    Posted: Aug 8, 2019 By: estwig Member since: Sep 29, 2006
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  4. The Ecom Guy

    The Ecom Guy UKBF Contributor Full Member

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    As Mike Hayes mentions, the free tier should be adequate for your needs
     
    Posted: Aug 8, 2019 By: The Ecom Guy Member since: Mar 3, 2019
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  5. Lucan Unlordly

    Lucan Unlordly UKBF Ace Free Member

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    For several years we have had a search facility on our website where visitors can enter their postcode and find their nearest club, generated from our database of members.

    For the past few months a search brings this back 'Geocode was not successful for the following reason: REQUEST_DENIED'

    Our webguys have been looking into it and it seems that Google are now charging for this facility and we will have to do some re-coding to accommodate.

    I'll be forwarding the link Mike put up to my webguy.:cool:
     
    Posted: Aug 8, 2019 By: Lucan Unlordly Member since: Feb 24, 2009
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  6. Mike Hayes

    Mike Hayes UKBF Enthusiast Free Member

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    It should be a really quick change, you just need to obtain an API key from Google and begin sending this with every request. Your search functionality must have been broken for some time as Google made this change over a year ago!
     
    Posted: Aug 8, 2019 By: Mike Hayes Member since: Jan 7, 2016
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  7. fisicx

    fisicx It's Major Clanger! Staff Member

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    As @Mike Hayes suggests, all you need it your API key added on to the map request URL.

    I use this on one of my plugins and it works just fine. Even on a busy site, clients have never had to pay for the service.
     
    Posted: Aug 8, 2019 By: fisicx Member since: Sep 12, 2006
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  8. Lucan Unlordly

    Lucan Unlordly UKBF Ace Free Member

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    Yes it has been broken for a while.

    My webguy has already tried the API key and not managed to get it working yet.
     
    Posted: Aug 8, 2019 By: Lucan Unlordly Member since: Feb 24, 2009
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  9. fisicx

    fisicx It's Major Clanger! Staff Member

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    Make sure you have activated the map API in your dashboard. It's the bit a lot of people forget.

    Part Two here: https://quick-plugins.com/google-maps-api-keys/
     
    Posted: Aug 8, 2019 By: fisicx Member since: Sep 12, 2006
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  10. Lucan Unlordly

    Lucan Unlordly UKBF Ace Free Member

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    We got there in the end.

    Made contact with Google who called back in a couple of days with some info which I passed on to our webguy. We had to register through our Google account and allocate a credit/debit card should we go over x amount of traffic after the first free $200 worth. We'll get nowhere near that.
    No problems so far.........

    Thanks for the help and pointers.......
     
    Posted: Aug 21, 2019 By: Lucan Unlordly Member since: Feb 24, 2009
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  11. nexuser

    nexuser UKBF Contributor Free Member

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    Try OpenStreetMap. It's free
     
    Posted: Aug 21, 2019 By: nexuser Member since: Aug 11, 2019
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  12. Lucan Unlordly

    Lucan Unlordly UKBF Ace Free Member

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    Thanks but we needed it to read from our database without a software re-write..........

    Google Maps is also free at the level we are using it:cool:
     
    Posted: Aug 21, 2019 By: Lucan Unlordly Member since: Feb 24, 2009
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