How to Integrate Google API for Address Autocomplete in JupiterX Forms

JupiterX theme enhances the user experience by offering an address field with autocomplete functionality in forms when integrated with Google Maps API. This feature utilizes the Google Places API to provide users with address suggestions as they type, which can greatly improve the accuracy of the data collected and speed up the form-filling process.

Detailed Information About Google Maps API

Google Maps API is a collection of APIs that allows you to embed the power of Google Maps into your own website or application. Specifically, for address autocomplete, the Google Places API is used, which is part of the Google Maps suite. It provides a wealth of information about places, including names, locations, and even user-generated content such as ratings and reviews.

Step-by-Step Guide to Get an API Key for Google Places

To utilize the Google Places API in JupiterX, you’ll first need to obtain an API key. Follow these steps to get your key:

  1. Visit the Google Cloud Platform Console:
  2. If you don’t have a project already, create a new one by clicking the project dropdown and then the “NEW PROJECT” button at the top right.
  3. Give your project a name and click ‘Create’.
  4. Once the project is created, make sure it is selected, and then navigate to "APIs & Services" > "Dashboard".
  5. Click on “ENABLE APIS AND SERVICES” to open the API Library.
  6. Search for “Places API” and select it from the list.
  7. Click on the “ENABLE” button to activate the Places API for your project.
  8. Next, go to “Credentials” from the side menu, click on “Create credentials”, and select “API key”.
  9. Your new API key will be generated. Copy this key to use in your JupiterX website settings.

Please note that the Google Places API is a paid service. In order to use it, you must enable billing on each of your projects and include an API key or OAuth token with all API or SDK requests. For more details, please refer to the Places API Usage and Billing page.

Integrating the API Key in JupiterX

Now that you have your API key, here's how to input it in your JupiterX settings:

  1. In your WordPress admin area, navigate to Elementor > Settings.
  2. Click on the JupiterX tab.
  3. Locate the "Google API Key" field and paste your API key into it.
  4. Save your settings by clicking the "Save Changes" button.

Setting Up Address Autocomplete in Elementor

After configuring your API key, you can set up an address autocomplete field:

  1. Create or edit a page with Elementor by going to Pages in your WordPress dashboard, and then either adding a new page or editing an existing one.
  2. Click on the "Edit with Elementor" button.
  3. Drag and drop a Form widget onto the canvas.
  4. In the form fields section, add a new field and select "Address" from the field type options.
  5. Configure any additional field settings as necessary.
  6. Save your page by clicking the "Publish" or "Update" button.
  7. Preview the page to test the autocomplete functionality by typing some addresses into the address field.

Troubleshooting Common Issues

If the address autocomplete does not work, check the following:

  • Verify that the API key is correctly pasted and there are no extra spaces or characters.
  • Ensure the Google Places API is enabled for the project where you generated the API Key.
  • Check your Google Cloud Console to ensure no restrictions are preventing the API from working (e.g., domain restrictions, IP restrictions).
  • Confirm that the API key hasn't reached its quota limits.
  • Double-check that you don't have any JavaScript errors in the browser console which could interfere with the API's functionality.
  • Review that the API key is not expired or disabled in the Google Cloud Console.

If you continue experiencing issues after following these steps or have other questions, please contact our support team for further assistance.

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