Automation saves time and prevents human error. On most forms, entering the address is a manual process where the street, city, zip, and country must be entered individually, and without verification. However, if you want your form to be better than most, you can make your address inputs smarter with Google Places. By using Google places you speed up the submission process, prevent mistakes and add an additional layer of address verification to just about any form.
Google Places utilizes the vast Google and Google Maps database to autocomplete the location details in the form, from only a few keystrokes. With this feature enabled, as you type in the address field you will see suggestions for the full address and can easily pick the correct address and watch as the Street, City, State, Postal code, and country are populated automatically. Not only is this a faster way to define the location, but it ends up being more accurate too!
From a developer standpoint, the addition of Google places is relatively simple. Users need to first sign up for a Google Places API key https://cloud.google.com/maps-platform/places/ – Google gives you unlimited API calls if you are just using them for the basic simple places address autocomplete (https://developers.google.com/places/web-service/usage-and-billing#standard-usage-limits-for-places-api) Then in the backend, reference the Google Places library and set which fields you want it to apply to.
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-Ryan and the CloudMyBiz Team