Your Google Maps API Key: Quick Setup Guide!

First, What is an API Key and when would I need to use one?
If your business has a brick-and-mortar location, you may be interested in adding an active Google Map to your website for users to see where you are located and get directions to your business. We achieve this by installing a WordPress map plugin and configure it by intergrating your very own verified Google API key.

The google API Key is a digital token (basically a code of numbers and letters!). When this token is added to a digital map it not only authenticates your businesses location, but allows you to gain access to important marketing information such as the ability to monitor your map queries (if applicable).

Are there any fees involved in using Google Maps on my website?
When you generate an API Key using your Google account, you will need to provide your billing details. But don’t worry – Google allows up to 25,000 map users per day completely free of charge. We are always looking for alternative mapping solutions, however, we use Google Mapping services as Google is currently the most trusted provider for this service and obviously own the rights to present Google Map information. In using alternative mapping solutions with an API Key, you risk that service being shut down by Google..   

If you have a large business and your map is exceeding more than 25,000 map users per day, you would then be charged according to Google’s Pricing Platform.

Please Note: If you do not wish to create a Google account or generate an API Key for any reason, we will simply opt against using a map in your website design, or you can delete the mapping plugin after your website has been launched.

Ready? Let’s get your API Key!
STEP 1: Open Google Maps Platform and Create a New Project
1. To get started, head over to the Google Maps Plaform and click the “GET STARTED” button.
2. Select all three map products (Maps, Routes, Places) and then click “CONTINUE”.
STEP 2: Select a project
1. Enter a name for your project, agree to the terms (with your consent) and then click “NEXT”. You may want to name your project like this example: “Your Business Name API Key”.
STEP 3: Set up your Billing Account.
1. In the updated window, click on “CREATE BILLING ACCOUNT”.

2. Fill in your personal details on the form that is presented including your billing details.

STEP 4: Get your API Key.
1. The next window will display the message: “Enable your API’s”. Press “NEXT”.

2. You will now see a window that displays your API key. Please copy the key and email it to thatwebcompany so we can complete your Google Map installation.

*We recommend that you copy your API Key then paste it into a document to make sure you have copied the Key correctly before closing the API display window.

Task Completed. Well done!

So, What’ all the fuss about SSL Certificates and does my website REALLY need one?

So, What’ all the fuss about SSL Certificates and does my website REALLY need one?

Getting straight to the point, what exactly is an SSL certificate?

1. Technically An SSL certificate is a digital data file installed on your web server that links a cryptographic key to your companies details.

2.Once installed It activates the padlock icon on your visitors browsers and the https:// protocol, allowing secure connections from a web server to a browser.

See the image below which shows the difference between a website protected with an SSL Certificate and one without SSL protection.

Why do I need one for my website?

When a visitor visits your website, data is transfered between your website and their computer. Any computer in between their computer and your web server can see their sensitive information such as credit card numbers, usernames, passwords and more if it is not encrypted with a trusted SSL certificate. After installing an SSL certificate, the information is encypted and becomes unreadable to everyone except for the server they are sending their information to.

  1. Your SSL certificate will protect your sensitive information as it travels the global computer networks.
  2. It provides privacy, security and data integrity. Not only for your website, but for your website users’ personal information.
  3. After installing an SSL certificate, your information becomes “unreadable” to everyone except the server you are sending information to. This protects against hackers and identity thieves.
  4. An SSL certificate from a trusted provider will also promote trust in your website users. Visuals such as a lock or green bar will let users know they are on a secure connection.
  5. Trusted SSL providers will only issue an SSL certificate to a verified company that has gone through several identity checks.
  6. A proper SSL certificate will also provide authentication.   

As of July 2018 Google Chrome (the most used browser on the planet at the time will begin to show security warnings eg: “Not Secure” on all sites that do not have SSL enabled. This can potentially frighten off new visitors to your site, especially ecommerce sites.

So, What can I do about it?

Ok the simplest solution is to organise an SSL certificate for your website. Costs can vary greatly, from around $40 AUD to $400 AUD for the certificate alone. Then you’ll need to get it installed as well.

Thatwebcompany uses and recommends Rapid SSL who provide great prices on SSL Certificates and have good customer service if you have any questions or require assistance with installation.

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For more information please contact That Web Company