For $60, I also bought a website domain and 10GB of hosting space for one year. Right now, I am using sample code to experiment and to publish maps to the web. You can check out an early example from sample code here: http://www.myopenmap.me/. A visitor can zoom in and out and change which Google Map base map is displayed by clicking a tab on the right and toggling a radio button.
Google and other map providers allow you to use their basemaps for free, just be sure to follow the terms of service. For Google, as long as your website is free and accessible to anyone, you are good to go. Although there are limitations, for example on the size and resolution of their maps.