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August 10, 2020

15 Best Practices for Google Maps Platform

A guide designed to help you use the Google Maps Platform the best way possible.

Today we will talk about 15 best practices that will help you use the Google Maps Platform the right way. This way you will be able to build your projects and businesses in the best way possible.

1. Securing your API keys

When you restrict your API keys, you ensure that the use of the Google Maps Platform is safe and secure. It is recommended to apply restrictions to every single key that is generated. If you don't know how to do this, you can take a look at the documentation where it is explained.  

2. Setting up budget alerts and quotas 

So that you don't have unexpected expenses, you are given the power to create a budget. It doesn't interfere with your API. You can set necessary alerts when your expenditure exceeds a certain set limit. You can also set up notifications so that you can know how your budget is correlating to your limits. There is an entire guide for managing your budget.

You can also set quotas so you don't exceed your limits. What do quotas do? It limits the number of requests your project can make per API. There is an entire guide on how quotas work.

3. Use the documentation

The documentation includes a place of Frequently Asked Questions. This section provides all the most asked questions and in-depth answers. There are a guide and reference for every feature that works on the platform, on the API, and the SDK.

4. Be part of the community

You can be part of the community where there's support for the Maps Platform. There's a big and active community on StackOverflow. Here you can ask all your technical questions, and you will receive detailed answers. 

5. Use support if needed

The Google Maps Platform counts with customer support. You can create a case in the customer support section, select the related project to your question in the dropdown bar, and finally expect a response. The response time is between 1 and 24 hours. The more severe your case is, the less time the team takes to respond, as they mark it as urgent.

6. When there are issues, report them 

By doing this, you help yourself and other developers that can be in the same situation too. There is an Issue Tracker, where the platform actively maintains a list of the most common reported issues. Already reported bugs are posted here.

You can add your comments so that the team can investigate deeper. The way to get started is by filing a request in the Issue Tracker. It is recommended to include sample code or capture of your issue screen.

7. Share your feature ideas

If you have any idea to be added so that the Google Maps Platform can be improved, go ahead and submit your idea in the Issue Tracker. 

8. Adding multiple team members 

It is recommended to use Google Cloud Platform organizations. This way, your project can retain the owners and your invited team members can collaborate in your project effectively.

9. Sign up for updates in your Google Maps Platform

By signing up to receive updates, you will receive API updates, changes to the terms and conditions, scheduled support, among other updates. The way to do this is to subscribe to the email notification group.

This way you get all of the updates in one single place. In case there is a service downfall, a banner appears in the support section within the Google Cloud Console. There is a link that gives you real-time status on the issue.

10. Apply and receive Google Maps Platform Credits 

Some organizations are eligible to apply for Google Maps Platform credits. The credits are available for nonprofits, startups, crisis response organizations, and news media organizations. You can check out your eligibility and learn the steps to apply in the "Understanding Public Programs" section.  

11. Follow the platform on social media

You can subscribe to the Google Maps Platform youtube channel. In the channel, there are plenty of tutorials, product demos, and user stories. You can also follow Google Maps Platform on twitter to receive the latest news.

12. Use Google Maps Platform utility libraries

The platform counts with SDKs, APIs, and also offers open-source utility libraries. These libraries are for Javascript, Android, iOS, and Node.js. This allows the user to access more features, for example, marker clustering and heatmaps.

13. Check out the platform's GitHub 

The platform's GitHub is made up of open source sample applications and libraries. It helps developers be in the community too. Pull requests are positively received. And if you can contribute it is also welcome.

14. Try New Features

The platform is constantly releasing new features and working to improve the used products. The platform aims to make it simple yet powerful for developers to build their applications. By using the latest tools and features, you are improving the experience for users.

15. Optimize implementations

The platform counts with an optimization guide to help developers check out all the available strategies to improve performance and reduce costs. This helps you focus on your building rather than on the operations and infrastructure. The more resources you use for development, the best your performance will be.

In conclusion, if you follow these 15 steps, you will 100% surely make use of the platform the right way. They all help you as a developer to be up to date with the software updates, to know which are the latest features, to focus on the development rather than on the operational part, and to be part of the community.

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Lucas Bonder
Technical Writer
Lucas is an Entrepreneur, Web Developer, and Article Writer about Technology.

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DevelopersAugust 10, 2020
15 Best Practices for Google Maps Platform
A guide designed to help you use the Google Maps Platform the best way possible.

Today we will talk about 15 best practices that will help you use the Google Maps Platform the right way. This way you will be able to build your projects and businesses in the best way possible.

1. Securing your API keys

When you restrict your API keys, you ensure that the use of the Google Maps Platform is safe and secure. It is recommended to apply restrictions to every single key that is generated. If you don't know how to do this, you can take a look at the documentation where it is explained.  

2. Setting up budget alerts and quotas 

So that you don't have unexpected expenses, you are given the power to create a budget. It doesn't interfere with your API. You can set necessary alerts when your expenditure exceeds a certain set limit. You can also set up notifications so that you can know how your budget is correlating to your limits. There is an entire guide for managing your budget.

You can also set quotas so you don't exceed your limits. What do quotas do? It limits the number of requests your project can make per API. There is an entire guide on how quotas work.

3. Use the documentation

The documentation includes a place of Frequently Asked Questions. This section provides all the most asked questions and in-depth answers. There are a guide and reference for every feature that works on the platform, on the API, and the SDK.

4. Be part of the community

You can be part of the community where there's support for the Maps Platform. There's a big and active community on StackOverflow. Here you can ask all your technical questions, and you will receive detailed answers. 

5. Use support if needed

The Google Maps Platform counts with customer support. You can create a case in the customer support section, select the related project to your question in the dropdown bar, and finally expect a response. The response time is between 1 and 24 hours. The more severe your case is, the less time the team takes to respond, as they mark it as urgent.

6. When there are issues, report them 

By doing this, you help yourself and other developers that can be in the same situation too. There is an Issue Tracker, where the platform actively maintains a list of the most common reported issues. Already reported bugs are posted here.

You can add your comments so that the team can investigate deeper. The way to get started is by filing a request in the Issue Tracker. It is recommended to include sample code or capture of your issue screen.

7. Share your feature ideas

If you have any idea to be added so that the Google Maps Platform can be improved, go ahead and submit your idea in the Issue Tracker. 

8. Adding multiple team members 

It is recommended to use Google Cloud Platform organizations. This way, your project can retain the owners and your invited team members can collaborate in your project effectively.

9. Sign up for updates in your Google Maps Platform

By signing up to receive updates, you will receive API updates, changes to the terms and conditions, scheduled support, among other updates. The way to do this is to subscribe to the email notification group.

This way you get all of the updates in one single place. In case there is a service downfall, a banner appears in the support section within the Google Cloud Console. There is a link that gives you real-time status on the issue.

10. Apply and receive Google Maps Platform Credits 

Some organizations are eligible to apply for Google Maps Platform credits. The credits are available for nonprofits, startups, crisis response organizations, and news media organizations. You can check out your eligibility and learn the steps to apply in the "Understanding Public Programs" section.  

11. Follow the platform on social media

You can subscribe to the Google Maps Platform youtube channel. In the channel, there are plenty of tutorials, product demos, and user stories. You can also follow Google Maps Platform on twitter to receive the latest news.

12. Use Google Maps Platform utility libraries

The platform counts with SDKs, APIs, and also offers open-source utility libraries. These libraries are for Javascript, Android, iOS, and Node.js. This allows the user to access more features, for example, marker clustering and heatmaps.

13. Check out the platform's GitHub 

The platform's GitHub is made up of open source sample applications and libraries. It helps developers be in the community too. Pull requests are positively received. And if you can contribute it is also welcome.

14. Try New Features

The platform is constantly releasing new features and working to improve the used products. The platform aims to make it simple yet powerful for developers to build their applications. By using the latest tools and features, you are improving the experience for users.

15. Optimize implementations

The platform counts with an optimization guide to help developers check out all the available strategies to improve performance and reduce costs. This helps you focus on your building rather than on the operations and infrastructure. The more resources you use for development, the best your performance will be.

In conclusion, if you follow these 15 steps, you will 100% surely make use of the platform the right way. They all help you as a developer to be up to date with the software updates, to know which are the latest features, to focus on the development rather than on the operational part, and to be part of the community.

Javascript
Node.js
Google Map
About the author
Lucas Bonder -Technical Writer
Lucas is an Entrepreneur, Web Developer, and Article Writer about Technology.

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