By default, all Ascendix Search users use OpenStreetMap to geocode their data. It is a free open-source service that doesn’t require additional setup.
If you wish to use Google Maps as a map provider, you must have a Google API key. A free key can be used allowing for up to 25,000 map loads per 24 hours.
Step 1. Open the Ascendix Search Setup
Step 2. Navigate to Mapping and Select Google Maps as a map provider
Step 3. Provide a Google Maps Key
If you do not already have a key, click the Get a Key button to obtain one and then enter the value in the text box below.
Getting a Google Maps Key
Step 1. Sign in to your Google account
Step 2. Select Get Started
Step 3. Select Maps & Places then select Continue
Step 4. Select +Create a new project & name your project
Step 5. Select Next
Billing information required! Billing starts only after 25,000 map views a day and 2,500 geocoding requests a day. After that, it is $0.50 per 1,000 requests. If you are apprehensive even with those thresholds you can cap the maximum requests per day in the google console. Learn more about Google Maps Pricing Plans.
Step 6. Select Create Billing Account and follow the on-screen instructions to set up billing.
Step 7. With the billing setup, you will see Enable Google Maps Platform. Select Next.
Step 8. Copy your API Key once its generated
Step 9. Paste the key into the Google Maps Key in Ascendix Search and save.