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A Better User Experience System Coming To Store Locator Plus

Store Locator Plus is kicking off 2017 with a notable revision to the user experience tools available in the map and location finder application.    Store Locator Plus for WordPress has long employed “Plugin Styles” as a way for users to jump-start their custom look-and-feel for the locator on their WordPress site.    With the recent release of the My Store Locator Plus SaaS service it was obvious that a modern system for deploying updated styles was going to be needed.

Store Locator Plus 4.7.3 is replacing the static CSS-file based styling system with a cloud-hosted style gallery.   This will allow the user experience team at Store Locator Plus to deploy new styles without having to wait for the R&D team to design and test a new version of the application before a new style is available to the users.    Our design team can now assist all Store Locator Plus users that are having styling issues and provide them with a faster turn around for one-click fixes to their locator interface issues.
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Getting A Full-Featured Locations Map On Squarespace

WordPress users have long known about the Store Locator Plus plugin.   Five years later it is closing in on the half-million downloads mark and is deployed on over 14,000 active sites today.  It has become one of the top-rated and most-downloaded map plugins for WordPress thanks to the extensive feature set and regular updates.

Store Locator Plus now brings its full-featured locator service to Squarespace.   The recently-launched My Store Locator Plus service builds on the years of experience behind the WordPress offering to create a “drop and go” option for all websites.    Any Squarespace theme can easily deploy a custom-tailored locator by using the embed feature.  You can read more about that process and follow the video on our Squarespace Integration support page.
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Top US Travel Cities

We’ve written articles on Google Search metrics and the Near Me phenomenon now that everyone is mobile. In the “Near Me article” we highlighted the fact that most people search for things near them when they travel. The most common “near me” search is restaurants. This is the companion article of our research on the top travel destinations in the US.

The Top US Travel Cities

Like golf, the lowest score wins. Add ranking of top 10 on all sites. If un-ranked on a site the default score is 15. Any entry must rank at least 10 or higher on one of our sampled sites to appear on the list. Destinations must be a city not a region.
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‘Near Me’ – Why You Want A Locator On Your Site

A summary of the article Google Searches With ‘Near me’ Surged 34 Times Since 2011 by Search Engine Watch published April 15th, 2015.

Mobile devices have made searching for places near where you are , with your phone, a popular service. You are out there in the real world and want to know what is near you at that very moment in time. A recent article we published shows the searches for restaurants using this technology is one of the most common searches in America.

This article from Spring 2015 delves in deeper into this subject. Here are the highlights.
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Store Locator Plus – Ready For 2017

Our new Store Locator Plus home page may be the most visible thing you’ll notice to kick of 2017.     It is the “tip of the iceburg” as we push our locator technology and software platform to new limits over the next year.   Charleston Software Associates and DevriX are continually improving our new SaaS version of the popular locator software and bringing a lot of those great new interfaces and features back to the WordPress plugins that got us here.
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