What maps services are you using — do I need to pay for?

Listable uses Google Maps to pow­er the maps shown through­out your web­site. They are free to use and offer a decent expe­ri­ence.

How­ev­er, we believe there is a bet­ter way. That is why we have imple­ment­ed in Listable sup­port for Map­box, a ser­vice that deliv­ers maps with a clean­er inter­face, high­er per­for­mance and more cus­tomiza­tion options than Google Maps. To use Map­box you need to cre­ate an account with them and get a token that you will paste in Appear­ance → Cus­tomize → Theme Options → Map Options.

You don’t have to use this ser­vice if you don’t want to. Listable will auto­mat­i­cal­ly fall­back to using Google Maps. The API key can be insert­ed under List­ings→ Set­tings→ List­ing.

*Note: Map­box is free to use up to a cer­tain amount of month­ly map views. You can get more details from their site.

Besides the maps shown to your vis­i­tors, the Google GeoCode API is used to fetch a stan­dard­ized geolo­cat­ed address when a new list­ing is cre­at­ed or a listing’s address is updat­ed (so this is a one-time event, hence a sin­gle API request). The GeoCode API offers a pret­ty large free tier that should be suf­fi­cient for just about every­one. You should account for these lim­its when import­ing large num­bers of list­ings (maybe split them up into chunks so you stay bel­low the lim­its).

This article applies to Listable, as they share the same underlying structure.

Updated on July 12, 2017

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