google api


Step 1: Obtain a Unique API Key

If you were to download the source code that is provided with this article, you would find that it doesn’t work on your website. The reason is because Google requires all users to obtain a unique “API key” for each site that implements Google maps.

Never fear. It’s 100% free and takes about thirty seconds to sign up. First, visit Google’s sign up page and enter the url of your website. Don’t worry about adding a specific path. The root url will cover every page that is part of that domain. Agree to the terms and conditions and click “Generate API”.

That’s it! The page that you’ve been redirected to contains your unique key as well as a sample page – to serve as a crash course. Your key will look something like:

ABQIAAAAAq93o5nn5Q3TYaaSmVsHhR1DJfR2IAi0TSZmrrsgSOYoGgsxBSG2a3MNFcUDaRPk6tAEpdWI5Odv

You’ll also find a script path that will look like:

<script src=”http://maps.google.com/maps?file=api&v=2ampkey=ABQIAAAAAq93o5nn5Q3TYaaSmVsHhR1DJfR2IAi0TSZmrrsgSOYoGgsxBSG2a3MNFcUDaRPk6tAEpdI5Odvw&#8221; type=”text/javascript”></script>
Yours will be different from mine because it will contain your own specific key value. Copy this and paste it into the head portion of your document.

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