Google Maps Version 2 Cancellation Questions
Please use the comments section of this blog post to ask questions and seek answers regarding Google's decision to cancel version 2 maps as of May 19th, 2013.
Version 2 Google Maps is going to be cancelled as of May 19th, 2013
What this could mean:
This could mean that any older websites using version 2 Google mapping could see any part of their website that uses Google maps cease functioning and / or potentially show an error message. We say "could" because we cannot predict for sure what will happen, but we are recommending that you do not take any chances.
Simply put, if you are running an older version of Google maps you need to upgrade your website.
The "recommended" upgrade is to the current 4.2 backend. Not only will this fix the issue (all new 4.2 installs use Google maps version 3) it will also unlock many new features that will help you be more productive, and manage your leads better.
After discussing with the team we have come up with some scenarios, baseline estimates and some ways to save $ on the upgrades.
4.2 to 4.2 patched: Approx 1 hour
4.1 to 4.2 upgrade: Appriximately 2 hours
4.0 to 4.2: 4 hours for standard upgrade
On all upgrades, labor will increase if customizations exist that need to be replicated or if customizatons create conflicts that need to be resolved.It is best to allow yourself a few extra hours just in case (even if you customizations are minor). Please note, almost ALL rew customers have customizations (this is the reason we cannot easily just do a find and replace, and each customer requires personal attention to resolve conflicts).
For sites with MAJOR customizations:
Obviously there will be far more conflicts with large, custom sites with hundreds of hours of customizations. There is no standard estimate for these sites, so you must go to the firstname.lastname@example.org to request your estimate or just approve a "just get it done" project.
For large sites on 4.x (0-2) (with large estimates) there are alternatives:
4x Patch: We are writing a patch for 4.0, and 4.1 that will be essentially a "new" version of 4.0 or 4.1 with the only change being maps. So instead of an upgrade to 4.2 (with all the goodies and new features) it would simply be as you have it now, but with the new maps. On average this would likely take 5-10 hours.
Disable Maps: We can disable the Google maps which should on average only take a programmer 1 hour to find all the spots and disable.
Older than 4.0 what can you do?
For sites older than 4.0 there is really no standard estimate. Your sites are many years old and have been due for an upgrade for just as long. My personal recommendation here (if you are not highly custom) is to just upgrade to whole new site (and framework) because likely both your site and your backend need updating anyways.
I will not charge any customers (1.0 through 4.x) for a "brand new install" of whatever non custom product they are using (which includes 4.2 and fixed maps) you will only need to cover the cost of labor to get it running. For example if your old website is a template with IDX we will give you a new 4.2 template + IDX with no setup fees. If your old website is an LEC 2009 we will give you a new LEC 2009 with no setup fees etc
The labor costs going this route: The only things you REALLY need REW for is to integrate your logo (1 hour) do a bit of IDX compliance on your new site (1 hour) and if you hae a lot of users on saved searches, you might want to have us recreate those for you in the new system (2-3) hours. So you could have a brand new site for less than the cost of an upgrade
The options below are things that can be done by yourself or ordered through REW (for billalbe time) depending on whether you want to save $ or not.
Content transfer - you could do your own content transfer (copy
paste) which will reduce the time spent on the upgrade.
Snippet recreation - you can also recreate your own snippets saving even more $
Lead transfer (basic) - this is free anyways (we do it as part of the site live)
For large custom sites that do not want to upgrade (because it's not cost effective) and are unwilling to replace their sites:
The only solution here is to apply what is referred to as a "hot fix" - basically this is having someone from the REW team go through every bit of code that involves mapping and try to hack it to work with version 3. It can be done, but each site will be different in terms of how long it takes.
How to order your upgrade:
You need to send a request to email@example.com requesting an estimate for your upgrade. We will provide it as quickly as possible and we will need you to approve the estimate in order to get you into our production queue. The faster you approve the project, the faster we can get you going.
You can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org stating you approve the upgrade "whatever it takes" - please be advised, in doing so you are waiving your ability to dispute any balances owing. We of course will be as diligent with "whatever it takes" projects as we would be with those where estimates have been provided.
Hours booked for upgrading to 4.2 will receive a discount of $25 per hour off of the standard retail price.
NO CUSTOMIZATIONS MAY BE REQUESTED DURING THIS PERIOD
For those of you who could not possibly upgrade your site to 4.2 in a timely manner (because of how custom your site is) the alternative is to approve the team to "patch" your version 2 maps to version 3. However please be advised, this has never been attempted and may be quite time consuming / costly.
Time is of the essence:
Although some upgrades might only take 2-4 hours (4.1 to 4.2 with no customizations for example) others might take 20-30 hours (extremely custom sites) and this change will potentially effect over 1000 websites, so waiting will mean you are at the back of a very long queue and we might not be able to complete your project before the switch over.