Map Capsule Changes

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  1. Paul Edmondson profile imageSTAFF
    Paul Edmondsonposted 5 months ago

    Today we made some changes to the Map Capsule. Google has begun to charge us a significant sum for displaying their maps on articles ($5+ CPM, was once free). The type of dynamic map that we had been using—with panning, zooming, view toggling, and Street View features—has become prohibitively expensive. Consequently, we have simplified our maps in order to make them affordable for us all.

    Other changes to the Map Capsule include:

    - lazy loading maps so that we can avoid displaying them to readers who never scroll down far enough to see them.

    - updating the appearance of map pins with our new color palette.

    We apologize that we have not yet been able to similarly update the HubTool. The HubTool will continue to show the old version of the Map Capsule for a short while. We wanted to rush out these cost-saving features as soon as possible, which necessitated delaying the update to the HubTool.

    Going forward, we ask that you be mindful about when you use maps in your articles. By all means, please continue to use maps when they add value to the article.

    1. liesl5858 profile image88
      liesl5858posted 5 months agoin reply to this

      Do we get charge then if we use the map capsule? I'd rather opt out of using them maps if google start charging us £5 for using them.

      1. Christy Kirwan profile image97
        Christy Kirwanposted 4 months agoin reply to this

        No, we do not charge authors and we do not plan to charge authors for using them.

        1. liesl5858 profile image88
          liesl5858posted 4 months agoin reply to this

          Thank you for making it clear Christy.

  2. Gerry Glenn Jones profile image89
    Gerry Glenn Jonesposted 5 months ago


  3. SANJAY LAKHANPAL profile image82
    SANJAY LAKHANPALposted 5 months ago

    Should I retain the maps or delete them from my hubs.

    1. theraggededge profile image97
      theraggededgeposted 5 months agoin reply to this

      Sanjay, I would guess that if they are essential to the article (like travel articles), then leave them. If they are not, and are merely an embellishment, it might be better to delete them when you are doing any routine editing.

  4. Chuck profile image91
    Chuckposted 5 months ago

    If the costs are going up it makes sense to switch to a less expensive version.  The maps are a good tool and I use them where appropriate in some Hubs.

  5. Chriswillman90 profile image96
    Chriswillman90posted 5 months ago

    I may have only ever used 2-3 map capsules since being here, but I feel bad for hubbers who write travel articles or destination pieces where map capsules are very useful. I hope it doesn't hurt their articles and cause unnecessary strain.

  6. DzyMsLizzy profile image94
    DzyMsLizzyposted 5 months ago

    I have maps on a few of my articles; do I correctly understand that these changes will be automatic, and there is nothing I need to do regarding deleting and re-posting maps?

    1. Christy Kirwan profile image97
      Christy Kirwanposted 4 months agoin reply to this

      Yes, the changes are automatic, there is nothing authors need to do.

      1. DzyMsLizzy profile image94
        DzyMsLizzyposted 4 months agoin reply to this

        Thanks, Christy!  That makes life easier! wink

  7. lobobrandon profile image90
    lobobrandonposted 5 months ago

    Oh! Didn't know Google charges for the use of this tool. Thanks for the update.

  8. Butterfly67 profile image95
    Butterfly67posted 5 months ago

    I also got this notification about charging for maps on my websites and was a bit shocked. Luckily I only have a few so am still in the free threshold for now but can totally understand that you need to go to a cost saving version.

  9. janshares profile image94
    jansharesposted 5 months ago

    Does the charge come out of our monthly earnings? Will we start to see a decrease? I think I'll delete the few maps I have, not essential.

    1. Butterfly67 profile image95
      Butterfly67posted 5 months agoin reply to this

      I'm assuming from Paul's post that HP are soaking up the charges.

      1. Peggy W profile image97
        Peggy Wposted 5 months agoin reply to this

        That is what I assume also from reading what Paul wrote.  If otherwise...we need to know if it is affecting our personal payouts.

        1. lobobrandon profile image90
          lobobrandonposted 5 months agoin reply to this

          Yes HP deals with the charges. But it does make sense to remove maps if you don't necessarily need them.

    2. janshares profile image94
      jansharesposted 5 months agoin reply to this

      Thanks guys, will do.

  10. Daniel Mollat profile image97
    Daniel Mollatposted 4 months ago

    I have never used the maps capsule because none of my hubs necessitated the need for it. With everybody now seemingly owning smartphones what is the real need for a map capsule when all one has to do is plug the address into the smartphones built-in GPS and there you have your map.

    1. liesl5858 profile image88
      liesl5858posted 4 months agoin reply to this

      I do need the map capsules for my travel articles. Admittedly, I only have a few travel articles but planning on writing more.

      1. Christy Kirwan profile image97
        Christy Kirwanposted 4 months agoin reply to this

        While we ask that authors don't include Map Capsules where they aren't necessary or beneficial to the reader, we encourage authors not to exclude Map Capsules where they are truly necessary (as they often are in travel articles).

    2. paradigmsearch profile image87
      paradigmsearchposted 3 months ago

      Frankly, I've lost count of the number of times I have found Google Maps to be inaccurate. As far as I'm concerned, delete the critters.


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