Creating a Google API Key

Back in June, google posted on blogspot¬†they would no longer be supporting keyless to their API’s and included updates to the pricing structure for all accounts.

Changes to the pricing structure mean that maximum number of requests that can be made per day using the free tier has been reduced to 25,000 per day. Although this seems like alot, if your app heavily uses geolocation for user experience, this can total up quite quickly. Lets hope Pokemon Go has upgraded to the paid version ūüėČ

If you are like me and use the Google maps in client solutions, you may be faced with this


When opening the console log you may get an error like this

“Google Maps API error : RefererNotAllowedMapError”

There are a range of exceptions that can be thrown from the API, all of which have a link in the console log to the specific error. Here is the list of Javascript Exceptions
Referer Not Allowed Map Error, indicates that a request to the API has been made, but the URL of the site has not been added to the domain list to grant access.

In you solution, check your access to the API. Anyone using V3, access should look like this. Notice that there is no API key. You will need to append the script tag you are using with your new API key.

Before you continue, ensure that you have an active google account and access to the server and web root. You will need to upload a file.

How to create a new Key

Log into with your google account and read and agree the terms and conditions.

The opening menu will allow you to create a project for all the subdomains for your project. This can be done in the project dropdown menu.


Name the project appropriately.


The API Manager dashboard will then appear where you can enable API access for each product individually.¬†We will be using the “Google Maps Javascript API”.

Select Google Maps Javascript API.


Click the enable button


This landing page contains all of the statistics for you API usage. You now need give access to your credentials to use the service.


Click the “Go to Credentials” button, which will redirect you and open a dialogue box


Ensure that the two drops match and click “What credentials do I need?”


Give the credentials a  name.

You will need to specify the domain name that will be used with the API. Call calls are made across HTTP. Using multiple domains for this project can be achieved by adding prefix of an asterisk.

¬†Click “Create API Key”


Take a copy of the key, but you can see it on the next page


You will need to associate every domain with the key. ¬†Click ¬†“Domain verification”.


Once the pop up has loaded click “Add domain” and add a full domain name.


This will create a web hook to prove you own the domain. Enter a name and click Add domain. You will then be prompted to prove that you own the site.


Click “Take me there”


This is where is gets a bit tricky.


You have now have two options to prove your ownership of the domain either a domain name provider or HTML file upload.

The domain name provider requires you to change the DNS record to include the verification number. This is the slower option as the DNS may need to propagate around the internet, which could take up to 48 hours.


The second option is HTML file upload. This is the quicker option, but requires you to have access to the root of the web site.

We are going to use the HTML file upload option.

To gain access to the correct menu, click on the back arrow in the top right of the screen to be redirected back to webmaster central.


Click “Add A Property” and enter the domain of your site. You will the be redirect to the HTML file upload option.


Follow the steps above and upload the file to the root of your website. Verify that you are not a robot and click “Verify”.

If you are running multiple sub domains, repeat this process with all the sites. However, the file will be the same for each.

Now you have created an API key, you will need to add it to the API script call in your website. Add in the key as a query string parameter and deploy to all of your domains.


Once you have completed this, it should take roughly 5 minutes for everything to kick in. Now refresh the page with google map and the map


Querying data from a custom table inside the umbraco database

Dont use raw SQL

//Get the latest db connection
var ctx = ApplicationContext.DatabaseContext;
var sb = New DatabaseSchemaHelper(ctx.Database, ApplicationContext.ProfilingLogger.Logger, ctx.sqlSyntax);
//Build the query
var query = new Sql().Select(“your cols”).From(“your table”).Where(c => c.SomeProperty).OrderByDescending(c => c.someProperty, ctx.sqlSyntax);
//Run the query
var items – ctx.Database.Fetch(query)


Custom Tables with Umbraco Migration

There may be occasions in which we need to store data externally from the CMS but still consume it within our application without the overhead of creating and maintaining a second database.

Usually, I recommend having a second database for anything that isn’t a core CMS table, as upgrading versions of the application could be a lot trickier. Especially, if the framework changes.

Traditionally developers would create SQL scripts to create and maintain custom tables. However, with the introduction of Migrations in Umbraco 6, it enables developers to put their schema changes directly into source code.

Within your CMS database, there is a table called umbracoMigrations and this tracks all of the migrations that have been made on the application since the beginning. When a new version of the Umbraco assemblies are released into the application, this is the first place that is checked to see what the current version is.

This tutorial doesn’t cover umbraco CMS migrations, but the version data is stored in the same location.

Developer Note: The examples here are using Umbraco 7.4.3, C# and PetaPOCO. I’m telling you this there are examples on the web that use depreciated instantiations.¬†

If this is  your first time to code migrations I would recommend reading Code First Migrations on the Data Developer Center.  

Getting started

Umbraco uses an ORM called PetaPoco which we will be using to create a basic example. Create your model, which will be used to create the table in the database.

using System;
using Umbraco.Core.Persistence;
using Umbraco.Core.Persistence.DatabaseAnnotations;

namespace MyNameSpace
 [PrimaryKey("MyId", autoIncrement = true)]
 public class MyClass
 [PrimaryKeyColumn(AutoIncrement = true)]
 public int MyId { get; set; }

 public string MyProperty { get; set; }

Notice that we are decorating the class with data annotations that will tell the ORM what to create in the database. This will also help with mapping data when extracting back of the table.


Now we the property mapped we need to create a migration to tell the ORM the order in which to play migrations

using Umbraco.Core;
using Umbraco.Core.Logging;
using Umbraco.Core.Persistence;
using Umbraco.Core.Persistence.Migrations;
using Umbraco.Core.Persistence.SqlSyntax;

namespace MyNameSpace
 [Migration("1.0.0", 1, "MyTable")]
 public class CreateMyClassV1_0_0 : MigrationBase
    private readonly UmbracoDatabase _database = ApplicationContext.Current.DatabaseContext.Database;
    private readonly DatabaseSchemaHelper _schemaHelper;

    public CreateMyClass1_0_0(ISqlSyntaxProvider sqlSyntax, ILogger logger) 
     : base(sqlSyntax, logger)
       _schemaHelper = new DatabaseSchemaHelper(_database, logger, sqlSyntax);
     public override void Up()
       //Pass the class to the schema and do not over write anything that exists
     public override void Down()
     { }

The Migration attribute at the top of the class is the same one that is used within an umbraco upgrade. Its telling the ORM a few things

 [Migration(<Version>, <order>, <tableName>)]

When this is run, it will look in the umbracoMigrations table for the version and the table name, to ensure that it hasn’t already been run. If this were to happen, it could result in data loss. #Backup.¬†The order attribute is used when there are multiple migrations that need to be run on the same table.

The rest of the class it creating a database context and a database schema helper from the current connection string that is in web.config to which we can pass our property.

As part of the migration base class that your migration is extending , there are two methods that need to be overridden. Up and Down.

Up will be all of the changes that will be added or modified to the table and Down will be all those that are being removed.

In the first instance, we are passing out class to the handler, which will read all of the properties in the class and create them using the attributes we used earlier, (not the property names), then we are passing false to ensure that the table is only created once.



To ensure that all changes to the database are readily available, we need to run them on application start up (usually when we deploy our code and the app pool reboots) so that the application doesn’t throw any exceptions. The easiest way is with an application handler. Umbraco has great documentation¬†for this.

This is where my post differs. A lot of the current tutorials use deprecated class instantiation. The compiler should tell you this (or press F12 on the definition to see the interface).

Developer Note: I have removed logic gates and general exception handling for clarity. You should amend this code to ensure that you are throwing the appropriate exceptions and ensure your code is defensive.

using System.Configuration;
using Umbraco.Core;
using Umbraco.Core.Persistence.Migrations;
using Umbraco.Core.Services;
using Umbraco.Core.Logging;
using Umbraco.Core.Persistence.SqlSyntax;
using Semver;
using System;
using System.Linq;

namespace MyNamespace
   public class MyMigrationEvent : ApplicationEventHandler
     protected override void ApplicationStarted(UmbracoApplicationBase umbracoApplication, ApplicationContext applicationContext)
        HandleMySuffFolfderMigration(applicationContext.DatabaseContext.SqlSyntax, applicationContext.Services.MigrationEntryService, applicationContext.ProfilingLogger.Logger);
 private static void MyClassMigration(ISqlSyntaxProvider sqlSyntax, IMigrationEntryService migrationEntryService, ILogger logger)
     string tableName = "MyTable";

     SemVersion currentVersion = GetCurrentVersion(tableName);
     SemVersion targetVersion = ParseVersion("1.0.0");

 var scriptsForMigration = new IMigration[] { new CreateMyClassV1_0_0 (sqlSyntax, logger), 
                                               new CreateMyClassV1_0_0 (sqlSyntax, logger) };

 RunMigration(sqlSyntax, migrationEntryService, logger, 
 scriptsForMigration, currentVersion, targetVersion, tableName);

 private static SemVersion GetCurrentVersion(string tableName)
 var migrations = ApplicationContext.Current.Services.MigrationEntryService.GetAll(tableName);
 var latestMigration = migrations.OrderByDescending(x => x.Version).FirstOrDefault();

 if (latestMigration == null)
 return ParseVersion("0.0.0");

 return ParseVersion(latestMigration.Version.ToString());

 private static SemVersion ParseVersion(string input)
 return SemVersion.Parse(input);

 private static void RunMigration(ISqlSyntaxProvider SqlSyntax, IMigrationEntryService migrationEntryService, ILogger logger, IMigration[] classesForMigration, SemVersion currentVersion, SemVersion targetVersion, string productName)
 MigrationRunner mRunner = new MigrationRunner(migrationEntryService, logger, currentVersion, 
 targetVersion, productName, classesForMigration);
 mRunner.Execute(ApplicationContext.Current.DatabaseContext.Database, true);

I have declared each parameter explicitly, refactoring can take place after.

To start the migration, you will need to pass all of the items from the context into the migration method, ISqlSyntaxtProvider, IMigrationEntryService, ILogger. All of which can be found in the applicationContext.

Next you need to create two versions, your current version and your target version.

You must return these as SemVer and not Version which is built into the .Net framework. 

When you set the current version, its recommended to look this up directly from the umbracoMigrations table using the MigrationEntryService.

Next is creating an array of IMigration. This is all of the migration classes that need to be run against your table. Remember the order attribute that was set? This is the order in which the migration scripts will be run.

[Migration(<Version>, <order>, <tableName>)]

If you do have multiple migration scripts for any changes, ensure that the order and the version number are correctly set for each migration. An entry will be created in the database and they will be run in order.

Then create an array off all the scripts

 var scriptsForMigration =
     new IMigration[] { new CreateMyClassV1_0_0 (sqlSyntax, logger), };

Now you have everything you need to give to the migration runner.

 MigrationRunner mRunner = 
    new MigrationRunner(migrationEntryService, logger, currentVersion, 
                           targetVersion, productName, classesForMigration);
 mRunner.Execute(ApplicationContext.Current.DatabaseContext.Database, true);

Now rebuild your project and run locally. Once the application is back up locally, you need to check that your database table has been created in the Umbraco CMS database and that a new enter has been made in the umbracoMigrations table.

Future changes.

Now that you have the migration infrastructure in place, making further changes is straight forward.

Create a new class that extends migration base. You may need to suffix the class name with the version number if it is in the same name space.

 [Migration("1.0.1", 2, "MyTable")]
 public class CreateMyClassV1_0_1 : MigrationBase

Remember to change the version number and order number.
Go into the migration event and add it to the list

 var scriptsForMigration = new IMigration[] { 
                                  new CreateMyClassV1_0_0 (sqlSyntax, logger), 
                                  new CreateMyClassV1_0_1 (sqlSyntax, logger)};

Then change your target version to the new version

 SemVersion targetVersion = ParseVersion("1.0.1");

Compile the application, deploy locally, check the umbracoMigration and the table for the new changes.

Now you can check your files into source control, so when they are deployed to your next environment, they will automatically run in order and up to the last version that is specified.

Remember to back up before making any database changes