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).

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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How Caching Can Break Websites After Updates

Caching of your site tends to create a superior user experience as pages are served to your site visitors more quickly.  In the modern technological world of “NOW!”, where we expect our requests from technology to delivery immediately, anything that takes longer than a few seconds to deliver what the user asked for is considered slow, useless, or obsolete.

Caching of live WordPress sites is something that used to be a rare occurence.   With more informative articles, better hosting companies, and the user community “leveling up” their technical expertise, caching of WordPress sites has become more commonplace than ever before.   That is a good thing.

Many other web presence services and hosting companies have deployed caching for years.    Some are more advanced than others with their deployment process.   The better web presence platforms will manage flushing the cache for you.

If you are managing your own hosting and caching solutions here are some things we’ve encountered on our own WordPress sites and MySLP deployments.

Security or Proxy Service Caches

A security or proxy service is a “website request agent” that sits between your site and the real world.   It is like the bouncer that only lets the “good people” gain access to your site.    Many, like Sucuri, also have performance options built in.   These “performance” settings are a proxy cache.   They store a copy of the non-dynamic pieces of a website like CSS and sometimes JavaScript on their servers and send those resources from that copy.

That means you will need to clear these third party caches any time you update your site with something that changes the CSS or JavaScript.   Some caching services are more aggressive than others and cache ALL JavaScript files and CSS files.   Some are great at detecting file changes immediately while others could take an hour, day, or even a week to detect the changes.
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Premier Adds IP Security

Premier Members now have access to the 4.7.11 update of the Premier plugin.  This update allows you to set location lookup limits per IP address.  This will help keep competitors from scraping your locations list from your site.   All Premier Members with an active membership can download the latest release and activate IP filtering on their sites today.

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Security Filters available in Premier 4.7.11