To offer the best browsing experience to users, we recommend using your BRIDGE store locator with a mapping solution such as Google Maps, one of the best known.
To integrate a map on the store locator, we simply need to retrieve the API key that your mapping supplier provided you.
In the case of Google Maps, do the process directly online, on the dedicated platform: https://cloud.google.com/maps-platform/?hl=en
If your BRIDGE store locator is already online and you wish to modify your map provider, please notify the support team via the contact form: https://help.leadformance.com/hc/en-us/requests/new
Please find below a step by step process to configure your Google Maps API key.
I-CONNECTION TO GOOGLE API CONSOLE
Go to Google Maps API console and connect yourself to your Gmail account where your API key will be managed: https://console.developers.google.com
If you do not have a Gmail account, follow the link below to create one: https://support.google.com/mail/answer/56256?hl=en
II-CREATION AND CONFIGURATION OF THE API KEY
Once you are logged to the Google APIs console with your Gmail account, create a new project.
1- Initiate your new project by clicking on the "create project" blue button.
2- Enter the name of your project (website - proper name, etc.) then click on the "create" blue button.
3- Once your project is created, in the "Identifiers" tab, click on the "create credentials" blue button.
4- A drop-down list appears. Select the first line "API Key".
5- A pop-in appears, with your new generated API key.
Click on "restrict key" to avoid any use of the API key by third parties.
III-API KEY CONFIGURATION
6- Enter your new API key name.
7- Check the "HTTP referrers" checkbox to set access restrictions.
8- Fill in the following 3 HTTP referrers in the fields provided. Hit ENTER to go to the next one
*.my-domain.com/* (to be customized according to your domain)
9- Then click on the "Save" button.
10- Go to the "Library" tab to activate the various Google API services.
11- Activate the following 3 services using the search bar:
Click on the service then on the "activate" button.
Once the service is activated, do the same for the 3 services.
12 - Once the services are activated, go to the "Identifiers" tab
Copy the API key and send it to the Support team: https://help.leadformance.com/hc/en-us/requests/new
IV-REMARKS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
- When you first configure your Google Maps API key, make sure to save your billing data (more information in the section "Do you need a credit card or a billing account?"). More precisely, it is necessary to go to the "Billing" section of Google Maps, then associate the billing account, and finally activate it. It is during this last step that you are led to choose a payment method (credit card or RIB). A first payment may be required to activate the billing account.
- For more information on Google's pricing conditions: https://cloud.google.com/maps-platform/pricing/?hl=en
- If you have set a maximum daily budget in the Google Maps console, we recommend that you enable alerts to be notified when the map display is disabled on the Store Locator because the quota is exceeded. For more information, visit: https://cloud.google.com/billing/docs/how-to/budgets?hl=en