How to get a new Google Maps API Key

28th of February, 2012

As long as you don't have high traffic or want to see how many people are interacting with your map, an API key is no longer required to use Google Maps (which is good, because getting one is a pain). If you do need or want one, here’s how:
  1. Get a Google account if you don't already have one
  2. Go to your Developer Console page
  3. Log in using your Google ID
  4. Click the Create Project button
  5. In the Project Name field enter the something identifiable to the site you’re adding the map to, such as the first part of the domain name (the dot isn’t valid)
  6. Once it’s created (it takes a few moments), click the APIs & auth link in the menu on the left hand side
  7. Click APIs directly below APIs & auth
  8. Click Google Maps JavaScript API in the Google Maps API section on the right
  9. Click the Enable API button
  10. Click Credentials in the left menu
  11. Click Create new Key
  12. Click Browser Key
  13. In the field that appears enter the domain names that the map will be used on. If you're going to be using it on multiple domains then enter each one on a new line. The stars are important - they mean that any address on the domains you enter will be matched, such as www.softpress.com or blog.softpress.com/my-blog-post/

  14. Once you click Create, copy the API key on that page into the Freeway Action using the steps outlined in the KnowledgeBase article at http://www.softpress.com/kb/questions/191/.

That’s it! Just a simple 14 step process…!

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