Recent change to Google Maps which affects your Practice website

On 11th June 2018 Google enforced the use of API keys to load maps embedded on to websites, this is the interactive map at the bottom of your Practice website. Then on 16th July 2018, a new pay-as-you-go pricing plan went into effect for Maps, Routes, and Places. whereby SurgeryWeb is charged per API request.

Unfortunately we have just discovered that 1 API request is made for each map load, not each site load, which is a rookie mistake on our part, and as the Practice location map is situated on each page of the Practice website, this has accumulated a massive amount of requests. If one patient were to browse your website and look at 15 pages before logging off, this is 15 API requests.

In August alone, SurgeryWeb Practice websites made a total of 92,916 API requests and has therefore been faced with an unfortunate and unexpected bill.

To massively reduce the number of API requests on a monthly basis, we have now removed the map from all pages except for the Practice home page and the Contact Page (it is uncommon for maps to be displayed on all pages anyway) so that the number of requests per site visit should only be 2 (unless a patient visits the home page or contact page several times in one session).

We apologise for any inconvenience but hope you understand why we have had to make this change.

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