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Creating a Google API Key

To create a Google Places API key to use with our Reviews plugin, follow the steps below.

1) Go to Google’s Cloud Console Billing page, and set up a new billing account to your Places API key.

Note: Please review the limits for the Places API usage and set a limit/quota for the maximum number of requests that can be done each day to avoid any charges outside of your expectations. To set a limit, follow the documentation here. We suggest a limit of 100 requests per day.

2) Open the Google Cloud Platform page.

3) From the drop-down menu at the top of the page, create a new project.

4) Enter a name for this project and click “Create

5) Make sure the correct project is selected on the drop-down menu at the top of the page, then click APIs & Services

6) Navigate to “Enabled APIs & services” on the left side of the screen, then click the “Enable APIs and Services

7) Click the “Places API” option

8) Enable this service 

9) Google may ask you in a popup to get started on Google Maps Platform. In this case, click Go to Google Maps Platform, which will create your new API key. If you do not see this message, continue to step 6.

Click Go to Google Maps Platform

10) Once your API key is active, you can copy it and use it on the Reviews Plugin. 

Note: if you want to restrict the API key …

It is currently not possible to restrict the API key due to changing IPs in the service. We are reviewing this and will provide a list of IPs here to include in the API key restrictions.

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