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Joomla 3.x Troubleshooter. Google maps do not show up (API Key issue)

This tutorial will show you how to deal with ‘This page was unable to display a Google Maps element’ error in Joomla templates.

Google announced some changes to the Google Maps APIs authentication and usage limits.

Usage of the Google Maps APIs now requires a key. If you are using the Google Maps API on localhost or your domain was not active prior to June 22nd, 2016, it will require a key going forward. This is why such error occurs.

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To resolve the issue, follow the steps below:

  1. Go to https://developers.google.com/maps/documentation/javascript/get-api-key website and create authentication key by clicking on a ‘Get a Key’ button;

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  2. Select ‘Create a project’ option and click on ‘Continue’;

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  3. Specify the required credentials: Name, Website URL and hit the ‘Create’ button;

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  4. Copy your new API Key:

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  5. Login to Joomla Dashboard and navigate to Extensions > Plugins section;

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  6. Open the ‘Google Maps’ plugin for editing:

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  7. Navigate to the ‘General Settings’ tab;

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  8. Scroll down and paste your newly created API key into the ‘Googlemaps API Key’ field and save the changes;

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  9. Refresh your website. Google Maps work properly now.

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