REVIEW: GEOCODE API

Although you may not have heard the term “geocoding” before, chances are you’ve used the technology.

From apps that use your location to those that point out landmarks on a map, geocoding is critical to the workings of such applications.

Geocodeapi automates the conversion of addresses to geographic coordinates and vice versa.

It can also help with data and analysis, as well as auto-completion for location form fields.

In this Geocodeapi review, we’ll talk more about what geocoding is, as well as geocodeapi and its main features. We’ll also point out its pros and cons, and run through its pricing plans. 

WHAT IS GEOCODING?

Geocoding is the process of converting user-readable locations into computer-readable coordinates.

When a user inputs something like One Apple Park Way, Cupertino, CA, the computer doesn’t understand it. Instead, it needs to be converted into coordinates — longitude and latitude. It can also be used to do the opposite by converting coordinates into user-readable addresses.

It’s an important action that can help users and businesses in several ways, including finding an address on a map, identifying a delivery address, and so on. 

WHAT IS GEOCODEAPI?

Geocodeapi is a geocoding API developed by SaaS Industries. The API allows individuals and companies to convert human-readable addresses into geographic coordinates, and the other way around, too. With the reverse geocoding, users can also refine the results by using the filters.

It’s an important cog in the works because without it, computers can’t understand what the user is inputting. Plus, most people don’t use coordinates when they want to navigate to an address. The Geocode API is not only capable of fast and reliable geocoding, but it also provides geoparsing abilities. 

It can handle batch geocoding, too, without a dip in performance. You can upload an XLS or CSV-SHEET, and you can map the data fields through the user interface in Geocodeapi’s dashboard. That means you don’t even need to have programming experience. Geocodeapi does the work for you.

Geocodeapi also provides address auto-completion which enhances the user experience by filling in location fields automatically.

There are so many different use cases for Geocodeapi. You can use it to collect your customers’ information and pinpoint their locations on a map. That can then be used within your marketing strategies. You can show users what’s available nearby and more.

GEOCODEAPI’S KEY FEATURES

Just to be clear, Geocodeapi includes 3 products:

  • Forward and reverse geocoding
  • Auto completion
  • Batch geocoding

But there’s more to it. We’ll list Goecodeapi’s main features below.

SCALABLE

Geocodeapi is highly scalable. It can handle anything from a small workload to a large number of requests. That makes it a great choice for any growing business. It can manage any number of requests with the same performance as a small amount. There are no throttling or rate limits, too.

EASE OF USE

While many other APIs use the XML format, Geocodeapi returns search results in the JSON format, making it very easy to use and integrate into other applications. JSON is a great choice when it comes to receiving data on mobile applications, too. It’s also easy to use with other languages, such as JavaScript and PHP.

AUTO-COMPLETION

Entering information manually over and over again is annoying, but the Geocode API comes with an auto-completion feature. That means you can add the feature to the location input field, making the overall user experience much better. 

Its clever system will pick up information such as the town, city, state, and so on. It’s also flexible, allowing you to customize the auto-completion feature to your use case.

REAL-TIME RESULTS

Geocodeapi’s infrastructure is powerful enough to return results in real-time. That allows you to spot and rectify issues quickly.

DATA ENRICHMENT

You can use data from the Geocode API along with your CRM (Customer Relationship Management) data to help improve the user experience. It also offers a bulk endpoint for an initial batch submission.

DATA VISUALIZATION

With the Geocode API, you can clean up and normalize your data. That means it can convert data into a computer-readable format, allowing it to be visualized on web maps.

CUSTOMER SUPPORT

Geocodeapi’s customer support is decent, offering personal help to all paid plans. Plus, documentation is available on the website.

PROS

  • Has a free plan available
  • Scalable for growing businesses
  • No throttling limits
  • Uptime of 99.9 percent
  • Returns results in JSON format
  • Easy to use
  • Auto-complete feature
  • Results in real-time
  • Great customer service

CONS

  • No other data options unless you use a third-party application

GEOCODEAPI’S PRICING

Geocodeapi offers fair pricing that allows you to start off small and upgrade as you grow. There are 5 plans in total, each being useful for different use cases. Plus, you can upgrade, downgrade, or completely cancel your plan at any time.

Each plan can have 50 requests per line for batch geocoding and includes HTTPS encryption. The Free plan comes with self-service onboarding, email support and doesn’t include a Service Level Agreement. All other plans include concierge onboarding, personal support, and a Service Level Agreement.

  • Free: 350,000 requests per month, 2 queries per second
  • Small, $85 per month: 2 million requests per month, 25 queries per second
  • Medium, $135 per month: 3.5 million requests per month, 35 queries per second
  • Large, $300 per month: 8 million requests per month, 50 queries per second
  • Custom, custom pricing and billing: Unlimited requests per month, unlimited queries per second

Although the above plans include monthly billing, Geocodeapi does offer discounts on annual subscriptions. You just need to contact them.

CONCLUSION

The Geocode API is a great tool for improving the user experience, as well as adding a spatial feature for research, visualizing your data, and more. Plus, it’s very easy to use, easily scalable, and reliable with a great uptime guarantee.

It’s also fairly priced and has a free plan, too. Why not give Geocodeapi a try now? You’ve got nothing to lose. Thank you for reading.

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