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Recent Updates to Store Locator Plus 4.6.4

Store Locator Plus version 4.6.4 fixed the zoom settings, the plug-in tabs “save changes” and the back-end UI.

The change in the back end user interface will not be noticeable to most users. The naming of sections and tabs and settings now will use programmatic slugs instead of the plain text names. This allows the settings translations in different languages to remain intact even if language files have not been updated. This means future updates to Store Locator Plus, Power, Experience, and Premier add-ons will no longer lose their settings tabs. Another behind the scenes development is populating the plug-in and add-ons with “smart options” settings. To learn more please watch the developer’s brief You Tube.

Change Log for Store Locator Plus

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Intermittent support due to Hurricane Matthew

 

Due to the evacuation from Charleston , SC and the associated power outages from Hurricane Matthew, Store Locator Plus support will be intermittent over the next week  until we can  get back home and assess the situation.   We will respond to your questions in the forum as soon as possible.

 

Thank you for your patience.

 

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Mandatory South Carolina Evacuations For Hurricane Matthew Begin

 

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SLP version 4.6.2 , Experience Add-on version 4.6.2 releases

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Store Locator Plus 

You will notice a new look in your admin panel of Store Locator Plus in Version 4.6.2 .  Featuring  a new sidebar on the admin pages for the settings tabs and the locations tab.

Version 4.6.2 locations info sidebar added
Version 4.6.2 locations info sidebar added

Important fixes: SLP version 4.6.2  fixes the “white screen” error on sites running the older version of WordPress 4.4 and/or  Multi-site users running WordPress 4.6.

Enhancements:

  •  Show admin help settings in a new sidebar to make it easier to see what each setting does.
  •  Show location details preview in right sidebar on manage locations page.
  • Added links to direct documentation pages for various settings.
  •  Implement a new slp_get_text_string filter for add-ons to manage text strings.
  • Additional hard-coded gettext strings accessible to the text manager.
  •  Don’t load the SLP overhead on the WordPress admin heartbeat since SLP doesn’t  require  “heartbeat” processing. Wouldn’t it be nice if all plugins did that?

Fixes:

  • Multisite installs – upgrading SLP fixes “not an array” error that would cause white screen on upgrade      for sites using WP 4.6+
  •  Fix stripslashes_from_strings_only() undefined function for sites running old WordPress (you really should update to WordPress 4.4+ for security reasons if nothing else).
  •  Recalculate initial distance for all locations on global center map at change.

Changes

 Performance update: Drop adminUI create_InputElement() method.  (Note : This may break pre-4.2  Legacy Add Ons, you must  upgrade to the Legacy add-on  latest version release. 4.3 or higher or downgrade SLP to earlier version)

  •  Experience will need to be updated to 4.6.2 when updating SLP to 4.6.2

 

Experience Add-on 4.6.2

<h2>Change Log for SLP Experience Add-on</h2>

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SLP versions: Power add-on, Experience add-on version 4.6.1 updates to import functions

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Store Locator Plus 4.6.1 Highlights

• Allow add-ons to load JS on a per-admin-tab basis. Reduces browser overhead and memory footprint on admin pages.

• Simplify and improve the new option manager. More consistent option handling, more security option management, better performance.

•  Checkbox on/off validation for all add ons – fixes instant checkbox saving on admin panel for some add on options

• All language files are now pulled from the MySLP website.  • Missing translations? See MySLP and add your translation updates there.

Change Log for SLP Power Add-on

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SLP version 4.6, Experience add-on 4.6, Power Add-on 4.6 and Premier 4.6

The moment you all have been waiting  for is here. Updates to version 4.6  have been made to the core Store Locator Plus plug-in along with Power, Experience, and Premier.

Some of the new features and updates you will see in the core (base) plug in :

Enhancements

  • Manage Locations now has fast delete on single location delete icon.
  • Provides mechanism for add ons to serve per-admin-page specific JS.
  • If there is a newer version of an active SLP add on it will be shown on the WP plugins page.

Fixes

  •  Power Add On assignment of categories.
  •  Duplicates handling on location import.
  • Smart/fast option saving for add on packs including Power Add On import options.
  • Fix the  admin form drop down menus.
  • Eliminate the duplicate “are you sure you want to delete”  dialogue boxes on bulk actions.

Changes:

 

Power Add-on Users reported some glitches with version 4.5.12 imports. The duplicate handling updates has been fixed. Note: In order for the Duplicate Handling Update location to function, either the sl_id  or the Contacts field Identifier MUST be present and match what is stored in the location data field. To see the sl_id number you can hover over to the left of the location name under manage locations. Exporting the locations file to a csv file will also show the sl_id. This id is assigned automatically when a user adds a location in SLP for the first time and is not the one  you assign as an identifier with contact extender. The specific contact identifier field can be used instead of the sl_id and takes precedence.

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Power add-on Release 4.5.10 fixes short code only_with_

Surprise!  He did it again…..our world traveler and developer supreme fixed a bug (..truth be told..he probably introduced the !oops! by muddling around with making a good thing great) that was discovered by one of our loyal customers who upgraded to the Power Add-on and shared it with us in the Store Locator Plus Support forum.

We also would like to thank the many new Power users and Premier Members who took advantage of  the latest sales campaign to  upgrade their Legacy add-ons.   Although our summer sales event is alas coming to a close,  you die hard Legacy add-on users can still request a coupon to upgrade to the new and improved Power add-on (with faster than ever importing functions, )  Experience Add-on group or our platinum Premier.  The coupon value will be determined as shown under the relevant  Product Descriptions.

Power Change Log

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SLP version releases, Power 4.5.10 , Premier 4.5.10 while in flight


I hope everyone is enjoying the balmy summer weather. The developer and author of Store Locator Plus has been very busy with updates  in preparation for meeting his MYSLP team.  I am sure he will have some interesting stories to tell when he gets back.   He hasn’t been idle!  While pond hopping he managed to revamp and publish   Store locator Plus 4.5.10, which we hope provides better information on how to actually get that pesky Google API, browser , server console key  or whatever they are calling it these days, into the right location in the SLP General settings.  Thanks to a user question, apparently the linked instructions under the SLP INFO tab may not have been as user friendly as hoped.

Other updates were to the Power Add-on and Premier Add-on.    Premier 4.5.10 was released while the author was mid flight somewhere over the Atlantic.218px-Fly00488_-_Flickr_-_NOAA_Photo_Library

The Power Add-on and Premier Add-on were not playing nice together when it came to icons and map markers assigned to the Category Manager and settings.   Thanks to a recent Premier Subscriber for revealing the mismatching icons issue and for patiently working with SLP while it was resolved

Stay tuned for a future update; I am  hoping this  will  help us all keep our versions  straight,( this blogger included who has told people to update to a non-existent version of an add-on, causing mayhem and confusion in her wake)  has been requested from numerous loyal customers.  Yes, you asked for it , he heard you, and  coming to your account dashboard in the not too distant future, being able to view the version add-on that is available to you under your account downloads.

In the meantime, please check your versions under the Support tab on the home page.

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Change Log for SLP

 

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Get An Invite To Our New Locator Service

Go ahead and sign up for our Early Access Program to the My Store Locator Plus service.

My Store Locator Plus is an online subscription service that brings Store Locator Plus to ANY web technology stack.  WordPress, Django, Ruby, ASP.Net.    As long as you are hosting a site that can run JavaScript then My Store Locator Plus will work.

We are currently in the very early stages of development; what we call our “alpha release”.  It is far from being the final product but it IS functional and has been tested on various web technologies to see how well it can bring the Store Locator Plus service to non-WordPress sites.

We are now opening up our private invite to the Alpha Release of My Store Locator Plus.   The select few users that are granted access will help guide us in the features and overall user experience that will make it into our initial public launch coming in early 2017.

MySLP Locations July 2016 Alpha Release
MySLP Locations July 2016 Alpha Release

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Store Locator Plus 4.5.09, Premier 4.5.09 and Add-on updates

Store Locator Plus 4.5.09

SLP was updated to version 4.5.09 to allow for compatibility with those users who have a lower PHP of 5.5 or lower. WordPress recommends PHP 5.6 but we realize not everyone can get their host to upgrade. WP does provide verbiage (click on the link) to send to your provider host if you are interested in helping put the pressure on. When you upgraded the base plug-in to 4.5.09 and if you had a lower version of ProPack installed, you will see a notice that disabled 4.5 version of Pro Pack. You still have access to it and can upload the latest version (4.5.07). All you need to do is log into your account and download the latest version from there as noted in an earlier blog.

Pro Pack, Tagalong, Pages = Power

As many of you have noticed there have been changes that affect some of our most popular add-ons.  The latest updates to these add-ons were made for compatibility reasons as Store Locator Plus continues to evolve on its way to become lighter, more efficient and will use less of your overhead.  Pro Pack and Tagalong have joined the ranks of LEGACY add-ons and will not be updated further since the functionality and features have been moved or added to the newer Power add-on. Legacy add-ons will continue to work with the SLP version in use at the time the add-on was purchased
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Getting Started With Store Locator Plus

In June 2016 Google decided to extend their reach into tracking everything-and-anything online by requiring ALL Google Maps products and services to start registering their websites with Google.   We’ve updated our Getting Started With Store Locator Plus documentation and videos to include the Google Maps API registration process.   If you have any questions please contact us via the forums or by email.

You can get detailed instructions via the Getting Started article on our docs site.

The steps:

  1. Install the Store Locator Plus plugin.
  2. Get your Google API Key.
  3. Save it via the Store Locator Plus General /Server tab.
  4. Add a location.
  5. Add a WordPress page with the [slplus] shortcode on it.

 

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Store Locator Plus 4.5.08 And Related Changes

Store Locator Plus 4.5.08 was released today with several notable updates.

Disabled Add Ons

One of the most prominent “features” users are noticing is that their older add ons are being automatically disabled if they are not compatible with the latest Store Locator Plus release.   Having your add on disabled is preferable, at least for most site admins, than crashing your WordPress site.    So far in ALL cases the disabled add on has a NEWER VERSION available.  Login to your account at StoreLocatorPlus.com to download the latest version of your add on.

You can find the list of versions on the StoreLocatorPlus.com website.

Data I/O Performance

Changes in the extended data manager reduces the data I/O requests through WordPress by at least one, if not a few, data reads for every page load.   For sites with heavy traffic this can be a notable performance improvement on page load times.

Complex Data Query Support

Version 4.5.08 of the location query engine has been updated to allow “stacked” queries.  Stacked queries make it possible to perform complex location inquiries that were not possible with a single data request.  For example “show all locations with no territory assigned that are within X miles of a user  PLUS all locations with a territory that covers the user’s location”.    This change will allow future Store Locator Plus releases and the forthcoming My Store Locator Plus service to perform very creative location searches in real time.

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Store Locator Plus and Premier 4.5.02 introduces territory functionality

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Version 4.5 of the Premier Add On for Store Locator Plus introduces territories to locations.

Once a location is set up with a territory the map markers that are sent back from the server during a user search will include a ‘in_territory’ property set to ‘1’ if the user’s location is within the territory and ‘0’ if not.   An additional ‘in_territory_class’ property will also be set to either ‘in_territory’ or a blank string.   Both settings are part of the ‘data’ property of the location marker.  Documentation on Territories features and set-up.

Additional territory features are in beta testing and will be available with SLP 4.5.08 and the Premier release 4.5.08 (currently in pre release) If you have a development or staging site and are a premier member you may download the pre-releases and use them on those sites. It is always recommended that you have a back-up of your site and not use beta Pre releases on production sites.

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WooThemes Site Changes

WooThemes has updated WooCommerce and their flagship (their words, not mine) theme Storefront many times in the past few months.   The most recent changes have improved some things in our shopping experience on the Store Locator Plus site.  Some of the changes, however, have broken fundamental elements of the Store Locator Plus storefront.    We are working on patching things like the Downloads Page for Premier Subscription holders and have found a number of smaller glitches with subscriptions that we are chasing down.   Unfortunately we are spending a lot more time chasing down WooThemes issues this week than we would like.  We’d much rather be improving Store Locator Plus than figuring out what WooThemes did that “improved” their product while breaking our site.

If anyone has a clue as to why Groups by ITThinx, WooCommerce, and WooThemes Storefront would stop playing nicely with each other, please shoot us a message.

Come to think of it, this isn’t much different than spending much of the past 3 weeks trying to figure out why WPML’s “well it works for everyone else” mantra doesn’t apply to gettext() in SLP.  Maybe it is just us, but we sure hope that is not the case.   In the meantime we appreciate your patience as we try to coax the code in our products and the products of those other “WP shops” into behaving.

In the meantime please feel free to post in the forums or shoot us an email at support@ if you have any pressing issues.

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WPML and SLP 4.5.07 Beta Testing

I’m looking for people to help test Store Locator Plus 4.5.07 beta with WPML.

I am reworking the WPML compatibility in the base plugin this week, June 13 – Jun 17 2016.   It is proving to be a little more challenging than simply “using gettext with proper text domains” and setting up a proper wpml-xml.config file as per the WPML documentation.   I’ve managed to get some of the pieces working in 4.5.07-beta-01 but need people to help test in their environment.

SLP 4.5.07 with WPML 3.4
SLP 4.5.07 with WPML 3.4

Store Locator Plus 4.5.07 requires the newer version of WPML not the classic release.   Newer versions, WPML 3.2 and higher as far as I understand it, use a revised hooks-and-filters system.   For performance reasons I’ve dropped the classic icl* functions in older versions of WPML.

You can get the latest version of Store Locator Plus by “purchasing” the free Store Locator Plus Prerelease.

You will need to have a licensed functional copy of WPML, preferably the latest 3.4.X release.

Contact support via the contact us page for help getting the prerelease of Store Locator Plus or to provide feedback on your testing.

All feedback and input is welcome.

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SLP version updates 4.5, Add-0n version updates and Premier subscription updates

The Store Locator Plus developer and team have been busy in the past months updating the base plugin and add-ons  to version 4.5 or higher. These include updates to add-on packs, Experience, ProPack, Premier, Power (in pre-release), and some of the more popular  third party add-ons  (User Managed Locations, Extended Data Manager, Event Location Manager, Social Media Extender, Gravity Forms Locations and Integration) to work with SLP 4.5 and WordPress v 4.5 or  higher.  If an add-on has not been updated to 4.5, that indicates it is either considered a legacy pack and/or included in a new Add-on.

As mentioned in the developers previous blog, WP 4.5  updated jquery which revealed many errors with themes and plugins that were not using latest versions or blocked/forced  jquery versions.   SLP uses the recommended jquery version 1.12 or higher.

User Managed Locations  4.5.03 by DeBaat

New feature: an Edit icon will appear in the [[slp]] results list on the front-end for only those locations the logged on user has access to. Clicking the Edit icon will lead to the manage page on the admin section so you would only need to allow the user access to that page.  By adding the text “[slp_location uml_buttons]” to the results layout, (changes to layout is available as part of the Experience add-on)  you can control the location where the Edit icon appears.

On a separate note, when Store Locator Plus released v 4.5.01 , a new set of issues were introduced  on the sites using the  Network Active Multisite  for WP.    Store Locator Plus version 4.5.05 fixed those issues as  noted in the release notes and the video.  This revealed  how many sites were using the SLP add-ons  but not purchasing for each site they were running for their customers.  This was contrary to the rules of business licensing that had been requested from the start.  Therefore, an active Premier Subscription is requested for any sites running network-activated Store Locator Plus with paid add ons.  For further information see the below videos.

VERSIONS AND RELEASE NOTES

SLP 4.5.03 combined with updates to Pro Pack, Power , and Experience add – ons resolve some issues with incomplete translation files (.po and .mo) files causing settings to not be found.