system background changes
Version 3.0.3 is a minor update making some background changes to how some services are delivered to your website through Google Services API.
Google Services API
You’ll be aware that your website uses Google API’s services to deliver boundary map and local information services. Google charge for these once a threshold is exceeded, and as a group, our customers are exceeding those limits by a long way. The good news is that it means our websites are becoming increasingly useful to your patients but it also means we are incurring unnecessary costs. We don’t want to have to increase our charges or cut back on services.
This update is to advise that we will be shutting down our shared service account on March 31st. The good news is that a simple solution exists to keep things running, as now. An individual surgery that opens an account with Google will be given FREE credit each month for the requests made by patients accessing your maps. The threshold is high and you should never be charged to use their service.
- We help you set up a Google account and associate your practice website with this account.
- If you use Newsletter Distributions facility from the Control Panel, we will also help you set up AWS SES aws.amazon.com/ses. This is to protect your reputation from the mass mailing activity of others who might generate a compliant.
- If you complete this by February 28th , we will enter your name into a hat to win a bottle of Aberlour A’Bundadh* or £100 in M&S vouchers if you prefer.
- Any surgeries who have not elected to open a Google account by March 31st will be provided with a simple image solution but please be aware that your patients will not be able to use the boundary map and local services.
Contacting our Customers
We have already started contacting our customers and received an overwhelming response.
We’re currently helping all our customers set up their Google Service account and have entered them into our giveaway draw to win a bottle of A’bundadh or £100 in M&S vouchers.