Store Locator Plugin Guide
Billing Account or Pricing for Google Maps
Do I have to attach my credit card to Google?
Yes, a Google API Key with a billing account linked is required. Since 2018, Google has made it mandatory to associate an active credit or debit card with the Google Cloud Console.
Do I have to pay for Google Maps?
Google Maps usage is free for most websites, with a monthly limit of $200 USD. Unless your usage exceeds this threshold, no charges will be incurred. It is important to ensure that the referrer is set up correctly when configuring the API keys, we have been running our Agile Store Locator demos for years, and for us, we have never been charged a single cent, but if your traffic is quite high then you will be charged for the amount exceed the $200 USD free tier limit.
Can I disable the Place Search API?
Yes, it is possible to disable the Google Place Search API and instead enable the geocoding API as an alternative solution.
Can I disable the Direction API?
Absolutely. The Direction API can be disabled, allowing users to choose to open directions in the Google Maps application instead of displaying them directly within Store Locator.
Can we create a store locator without using Google Maps?
Yes, it is possible to create a store locator without utilizing Google Maps by utilizing the List Template feature provided by the Store Locator plugin. This template does not rely on Google Maps for rendering the store locations. Instead, you can enable the Geocoding API option, which allows you to geocode addresses and display the store listings in a list format without a map interface. This alternative approach provides flexibility for users who prefer a non-map-based store locator experience.