A map load is counted each time one of our Maps is initialized on a webpage or inside an app.
Monthly map loads:
|Map Provider||Estimated Monthly Cost|
Common APIs which are required when integrating a mapping service with your website are as follows:
The use of any one of these features by your customers has a cost associated with it which means that not only does the cost of using the mapping service depend on how many users visit it each day, it also depends on the activity profile of each of these users on each visit to your web page.
For example, if they mostly just view the map without any interaction then there will be less requirement to make place suggestions and update the view of the map. Conversely, if they search for many different locations on each visit that will mean that more requests are made to the mapping provider for the services listed above.
This makes it very difficult to make an accurate assessment of how much the mapping service will cost as it depends on the real world actions of your actual map users which can vary considerably depending on what they are using your map for. What we've done above is provided a way to switch between the level of activity that the user has on your map by adjusting the number of address or location searches that take place on average per user. We recommend switching between the options to get a better idea of the potential impact on your costs, particularly if you are considering Google Maps which charges more than twice as much for Place queries vs Map loads ($17 per 1,000 instead of $7 per 1,000).
Each service provider costs a different amount and has a differet free quota and this is set out below: