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Version 4.8.2 of Store Locator Plus for WordPress Is Out

The 4.8.2 release of Store Locator Plus , Experience, Premier, and Power is now available.   The update includes multiple updates to the [slplus] shortcode attributes.   The updates include patches to prior shortcodes and some new features.

Store Locator Plus

Removed legacy Taglong , Enhanced Search and Enhanced Results stubs as those products are not longer supported with the 4.8 release.

Experience

Fixed Add Dial Link To Phone.
Individual pages can now set the default map end icon and home icon overriding the global defaults on the Settings tab:
[slplus endicon=”<end marker image URL>”] is fixed and now part of Experience.
[slplus homeicon=”<home marker image URL>”] is fixed and now part of Experience.
Fixed Append To Search
[slplus append_to_search=”<blah>”] is now a possible attribute.

Premier

Adds the ability to filter by tag with URLs. i.e adding ?only_with_tag=red to the map page URL.
Fixes a minor activiation bug.
Fixes availability of settings on individual sites on multisite.
Fixes validation of Premier subscription on multisite.

Power

Improved the CSV import processor, skipping blank lines at the end of CSV files.
Fixes availability of settings on individual sites on multisite.

Add A Locator To Wix (MySLP 17.8.1)

Wix is one of the most popular website “block builder” tools in use today.   Wix makes it easy to build complex websites with advanced functionality.    Adding a Store Locator Plus location finder to your Wix site is easy thanks to their HTML Code embed widget.    Follow these steps to get started.

Create A MySLP Account

Sign up for one of the several MySLP account options available.

Add Some Locations

Log in to your MySLP account and add some locations or use the import feature (for Power or higher level accounts) to add dozens of locations at one time.
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Experience Hide Map With Starting Image

The Experience Add On for WordPress and Professional or higher level of service for MySLP has a feature that will display a starting image, your company logo or a static map image for example, until a user enters and address and performs a location search.

This feature was not working correctly on most of the styles in our Style Gallery.     Earlier today the Style Gallery was updated to properly manage the CSS that works with this feature.

To re-download the style go to Store Locator Plus (Advanced Options for MySLP users) | Settings | View and select a different style than you are using now.  Then re-select the style you are using to force a download of the latest settings and CSS styles.

The SLP Style Gallery

Note: if you have modified ANY of the layout settings you will want to save those changes by copying them to a separate application such as a code editor or local text editor first so you can re-apply the changes if you re-download the style from our Style Gallery server.

Setting Map Markers By Type of Location

Our latest how-to video for Store Locator Plus is online.   In the latest How-To video we show you how to set your map markers based on types of locations.    This is done using the categorization tool available in the Power Add On for WordPress or the Power and higher level of service for MySLP.

You can find also find help on adding and editing location categories in our documentation.

My Store Locator Plus 17.8 Now Online

MySLP 17.8 went online today.  This update to the managed locator service brings improved browser performance to all sites.     Weebly, Squarespace, Bootstrap, and even WordPress sites using the managed service will all benefit.    The update sends a lot less data between the MySLP servers and the user’s browser both on the initial map startup and on subsequent data requests.   This means faster initial page loading times and less bandwidth.   For self-hosted websites less bandwith means faster server performance and lower hosting costs.

Speaking of Weebly, we’ve been playing with their service for the past week.   It is one of our new favorite “building block” style website editors out there.    It happens to play quite nicely with Store Locator Plus and implementing the embed code is super-easy.   You’ll see a lot more Weebly-based “How To” videos over the next few weeks as we tailor our South Carolina Ice Cream example site.    For those of you using WordPress plugins or other website building solutions you won’t be left out in the cold (ice cream pun intended).   Our examples apply to all of our Store Locator Plus solutions.

For those on the MySLP managed service you now have the improved site loading performance.  It will show up on your sites automatically.    No updates needed.    We have run our automated testing on all our active customer deployments and did not detect any failures.  If something does go awry please contact us.

In the 17.8 Release

Less data going to user’s browsers when interacting with the locator (All Levels).
Updated add/edit locations interface for Locations(All Levels).
Updated column show/hide and paging for Locations listing(All Levels).
Fix duplicates handling bug on CSV import (Power and higher).

SLP version 4.8 released : Required Update to Experience, Power and Premier add-ons

 

Store Locator Plus has been updated  to  feature new styles, while  removing old JavaScript commands that were left in the core base plug-in for the sole purpose of supporting the Legacy add-ons.  This release has finalized the process of  phasing out of the Legacy add-ons.

The last two  Legacy hold outs, ProPack and Tagalong are not compatible with version 4.8 of SLP.  Both of these legacy add-ons have been included with the Power Add-on which was released over a year ago.

Manage Locations UX has been updated: uses WordPress-standard Screen Options to set number of locations to show on a page and show/hide columns.

  • Manage Locations Edit / Add has been updated: uses JavaScript interface and overlay windows to edit locations.
  • Adding a location via the Manage Locations form no longer requires the store name to be set.
  • Lighten the data load going to the JavaScript front end to alleviate browser congestion and improve performance.
  • Uses minified JS for slp_core if available.
  • Patch to fix the Power Add On CSV Import duplicate handler.
  • Patch to deal with Experience Add On hide_search_form shortcode issue.
  • New Smart Option interface for add ons reduces redundant code.
  • Tagalong is no longer compatible with SLP, upgrade to the Power Add On.

Note: Premier, Power and Experience add-ons  that were versions lower then 4.8 will be deactivated . You must update those either through the auto updater in the WP admin panel or by logging into your account, downloading and updating manually.

Tweaking The Locator Style

A new video that highlights how to change the locator style as we continue our MySLP Weebly example for the South Carolina Ice Cream Quest 2017 site has been posted.   You can follow along with the sister article on the our SLP Documentation site.     The content is also applicable to WordPress plugin users that have the Experience add on.

 

SLP Default Style Update (July 2017)

The Default style in the Store Locator Plus Style Gallery was updated this week.  The following changes have been made:

Phone and Fax fields are in a new div with the contact_info class.  These fields are displayed on their own line in the results.

Website, Email, and Directions links are in a new div with the online_info class.  These fields are displayed on their own line in the results.

The hours span has the textblock class added which displays the hours on its own line and with a pre-wrap format.
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Adding A Locator To A Weebly Site

Weebly is my new favorite “block builder” website creation tool.   Creating a basic website is quick and easy.  Adding a MySLP based locator is no different.    The process is very easy for anyone that can use a web browser.

Create Your MySLP Account

Sign up for your MySLP service. Any level of service will work including the low-cost Advanced level.

Add A Location or Ten

After you have created your MySLP account go ahead and add at least one location.     Once you have the locations added you will be able to deploy your locator.
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Store Locator Plus 4.8 Imminent

The next release of Store Locator Plus is wrapping up testing and will be released soon for WordPress Plugins and is on a fast track for release on the MySLP platform within 10 days.

The focus on this update has been bug fixes as well as a rework of the Manage Locations user interface.   The new Manage Locations interface has a faster location editor system based on JavaScript.  This eliminates the extra server posts and page loads when editing a location from the location list.

We also clean up some bugs in this series.  Most notably a bug in the Experience add on that only impacts the WordPress plugin users running version 4.7.10 of Experience (MySLP users are not impacted by this issue) that disabled multiple search and page load features provided by the Experience add on including order by featured, listing featured locations first, state and city filtering and their drop downs among other issues.      Bugs were addressed for Power users with the import duplicates handler.
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