Local SEO plugin Google maps API changes

Google has recently announced some changes to their Google Maps API. More specifically they have changed for which functionality in Google Maps they require API keys. This has a profound effect on our Local SEO plugin as that plugin allows you to easily embed maps with directions and/or store locator functionality. Unfortunately, Google made some breaking changes, so we urge you to update to our latest version (v 3.3.1) as soon as possible.

Changes in the Google Maps API

The most important change is that on site that didn’t already use directions or the store locator functionality, it won’t work without an API key. We’ve made a knowledge base article that explains when you need a Google Maps API key, which also explains which API key you need. For most functionality, this means you will need to get a Google Maps JavaScript API browser key.

If you embed maps on your site, through our plugin or another one, you might run into issues where the maps won’t work:

Google Maps error

The latest version of our Local SEO plugin allows you to enter that Maps JavaScript API key in the backend and have functional Google Maps once again without changing anything else.

If you have our Local SEO plugin but are not using the maps functionality, you’re really losing out. I would especially encourage you to use the store locator functionality if you have multiple locations.

I don’t know how to get the latest version

This should be as easy as logging in and updating. But we know that this sometimes doesn’t work. If you go to our licenses page, you can enter the email address you bought the plugin with and we’ll send you new download links.

I use another maps plugin and it’s broken!

We can’t really help you there. Except that maybe now is a good time to change your maps plugin to our Local SEO plugin!

Optimize for a local audience!

  • Show up in local search results
  • Stand out in Google maps results
  • Get more customers to your store or office
  • Easily add Google Maps and a route planner
More info

4 Responses to Google maps API changes

  1. Swanie
    Swanie  • 4 years ago

    Can I use one API key for more than one client website? Or does every website need a unique key? Can I generate and use more than one API key using the same Google API account? Thanks.

    • Yann
      Yann  • 4 years ago

      Yes, you can, but you have to watch out for the daily limit of 25’000 map loads in 24 hours (https://developers.google.com/maps/documentation/javascript/usage). While for a single website/project this limit is mostly beyond reach, using the same API for multiple sites adds up and after 25’000 you have to start paying. So watch out for that.

    • Bryan Switalski
      Bryan Switalski  • 4 years ago

      You can register the key for multiple websites.

  2. immobiliers
    immobiliers  • 4 years ago


    Thank you for your article, it’s let me know how to do with Google Maps API.