What Is Tagalong?
Store Locator Plus 4 Tagalong is a premium add-on for the Store Locator Plus 4 base plugin. This add-on pack adds managed categories to the Store Locator Plus locations. The managed categories allow for custom per-category map markers and icons which can be enabled on the map interface and in the search results for your locations.
Like all Store Locator Plus 4 add-on packs, Tagalong is an optional side-by-side plugin that works with Store Locator Plus. The Store Locator Plus add-on packs are true add-ons, extending and augmenting the functionality of the base plugin without modifying or otherwise disrupting active location data you have stored in the Store Locator Plus system.
What Does Tagalong Add?
Tagalong builds on Store Locator Plus to provide the following location results features:
The primary feature of Tagalong is the ability to categorize your locations using the WordPress category (taxonomy) system. Tagalong builds on the Store Locator Plus store_page taxonomy that is also used with Store Pages. Build a “simple flat list” of categories or a hierarchical (parent/child) category structure. Once you’ve categorized locations with Tagalong you will find some other added benefits on the user interface.
Per-Category Map Markers
Set each category to have a unique map marker. Let your site visitors easily identify retail locations and service center locations just by glancing at the map view.
Assign different icons for each service provided at a location. Set an icon for each service or facility that is available at a location and display the icon array in the results. Listing hotels with swimming pools, meeting facilities, or a lounge? Assign the categories and turn on the icon array to give your site visitor a visual indicator of the services available. Custom tailor the layout and location of the icon array using Enhanced Results Results Layout settings and Pro Pack Custom CSS settings.
Now that you’ve added all those icons to your categories, tell people what they mean. Turn on the icon legend and position it on the page layout using the Pro Pack Locator Layout shortcode to display the icon array with text labels.
Turn on a simple drop down menu or cascading parent category menu with automatically displayed/hidden child menus for users to filter location results by assigned categories.
Order results by number of categories assigned to a location then by distance gives your locations with more services preferential position on the results list.
Bulk Management of Categories
Tagalong adds bulk assignment and re-assignment of categories via the Location Manager of Store Locator Plus. Check of the locations and select “Categorize” to assign any of your pre-loaded categories. Use Pro Pack bulk CSV import to add a categories column to import your categories while loading your locations. Combine with the Pro Pack export to create an effective method of assigning categories via an external spreadsheet app, then re-import your locations after setting up your Tagalong categories.
The following videos shows the new Tagalong cascading menus as well as a brief overview of setting up categories and importing categories via the CSV file.
Works Great With
Import location categories with CSV import, add Legend to the user interface, change the locator layout when rendering the SLPLUS shortcode. Add custom CSS rules without creating a CSS file to manipulate tagalong search, results, or legend layout and style.
Determine how results are displayed on initial page load or when users searches a location including where and how to render the category icons.
Manipulate the categories directly from the Store Pages/Categories interface built into WordPress. Assigned categories in Manage Locations are reflected on the related Store Pages.
Here are some places to learn more about the product.
The “change log” showing what is new in SLP4 and the add-on packs.
The starting point for all documentation on CSA products and the ever-growing stack of videos highlighting features and how-to sessions for the plugin.
Take a peek at the wish list and vote on which features you’d like to see next or review present and past issues that are still open or have been resolved.