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Are you having the Google Maps API error: Missing Key Map Error, suddenly showing in your browser console?

Here you have the explanation directly from a Google employee:

"We’ve just announced some changes to the Google Maps APIs authentication and usage limits:http://googlegeodevelopers.blogspot.com.au/2016/06/building-for-scale-updates-to-google.html

Usage of the Google Maps APIs now requires a key.

If you are using the Google Maps API on localhost or your domain was not active prior to June 22nd, 2016, it will require a key going forward. To fix this problem, please see the Google Maps APIs documentation to get a key and add it to your application:https://developers.google.com/maps/documentation/javascript/get-api-key

Are you using the Maps API from localhost or a recently launched domain, or was your domain active prior to today? Just wanting to check, since all previously active domains should have been grandfathered for keyless usage, so a previously active domain getting the MissingKeyMapError may be a bug."

 

To get the API key is really fast and simple:

 

1. Follow this link and click on Get a key:

 

2. Agree with the service Terms of Service:

 

3. Choose a name for your new key and specify the websites on which the key usage will be allowed. If you don’t need any website restriction, just put an * in that field (but don’t leave it blank, unless you are having issues with *!). Then click on Create:

 

4. Write down your brand new API key, and click OK

 

5. In Google APIs enable all the Google Maps APIs:

 

 

 

The last step: Go to Appearance > Theme options (Zoner, Lovely, Endless, Anaglyph) > Google Maps Api Key and enter your API key.

 

! Keep in mind that each free API key comes with a 25,000 map loads per project per day limit (you can always create multiple projects, though). For very large websites, you could possibly need a Pemium Plan license.

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