Google implemented billing changes to Google Maps in July 2018. These changes broke applications that were previously grandfathered in since 2016. Fortunately, for most lower-volume use cases, the cost will remain free, but the changes require developers to setup Google Cloud accounts, establish a billing method, and use API keys to identify their usage going forward.
Taking a website live requires careful planning that involves many team roles. While editorial and SEO usually get the spotlight, it’s critical to review accessibility, optimization, and security, too.