Get a Google Maps API Key for your WordPress site

Google now requires that websites using their maps engine to embed maps on their site obtain a Google Maps Browser API Key. While Google does charge for use of their maps API, we have found that most AuthorBytes client traffic does not exceed the usage available in their free tier. In order to install / restore maps on your site, you must submit a valid Google Maps Browser API Key to AuthorBytes so that we can connect it to the maps plugin. Follow these steps to create a key:

  1. Use this link to go to the Google Developer Console 
  2. From the projects list, select a project or create a new one
  3. Click Continue to enable the API and any related services.
  4. On the Credentials page, get an API key
  5. It is usually easiest to start with an unrestricted key, but if you want you can secure the key so it can only be used specific web sites::
    a) Select Restrict key to set a browser restriction on the API key.
    b) In the Key restriction section, select HTTP referrers (web sites), then follow the on-screen instructions to set referrers.
  6. Copy the API key and click ‘OK’.  Paste the key into the MapPress settings screen.

Note: the provided Google Developer Console link should automatically enable the correct APIs.  If you need to enable them manually, go to the Library menu and enable the following APIs: Google Maps Javascript API, Google Places API Web Service, Google Maps Geocoding API, Google Maps Directions API, Google Maps Geolocation API
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