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Yes, very disturbing to figure out what it will cost to keep maps on our website, which is a hiking website so of course maps are crucial.

For the month of April, which is not one of our busier months, Google says we had 130,703 requests of Maps Javascript API in 30 days, plus 1,577 of Directions API and 1,006 of Geocoding API.

Under the current plan, there was no charge for less than 25,000 map loads per 24 hours. Never a problem.

Under the new plan, the above would cost $732 per month. Much more than we earn off the website. Simply not viable.

So, an important question for you. Mashups are the most important feature of Mappress that we use on our website. If we do not insert mappress code in a post and show a static JPG trail map, but use mappress in the post to simply store the lat-lon of the post and then show it elsewhere as part of a mashup, that would not load the Javascript API on the post, correct?

We could replace our trail maps with static versions, but being able to show the locations of the trails together on a mashup map is still a crucial element for our website.