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Goood Day

Essentially I am getting hammered with costs for google static maps as I have a reasonably high traffic website and need to place a static map image on many of the web pages. Google want to start charging me $1500 a month for this now.

The problem is I could quite easily cache static map tiles in our CDN and eliminate the costs but this is explicitly against googles Ts&Cs.

Are there other services available that provide the same service as google static maps at reasonable costs AND allow caching static maps tiles?

  • Could you describe what you understand under "the same service as google static maps"? What are the features/requirements? – unor Sep 4 '13 at 12:58
  • @unor Requesting an image with custom dimensions which is centred at a particular latitude & longitude. I don't actually need any customization of the map beyond that. – 3urdoch Sep 4 '13 at 14:19
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Maybe you could use maps from the OpenStreetMap project? The data is free/libre (licensed under Open Database License).

See the documentation about how to use the maps. There are various frameworks available.

If you don’t find a hosting service that suits your needs, you could even host the data yourself.

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