WordPress Store Locator Plus plug-in
How do you know if you need to obtain a Google Maps API key?
As of June 11, 2018(update: Google has extended this date to July 6) all sites using Google map to geolocate will need a key and a billing account. If you do not have one your map will no longer work. If you are using any of the WordPress Locator plugins, that most likely means you. If your site worked before without one, those days are history.
Google API changes in service
This store locator service is a subscription and is managed by the Store Locator Plus team. What does that mean? Besides being able to use it on virtually any platform, it also means you do not need to worry about SLP updates nor will you have the hassle of logging into the Google developers console to obtain a key with a Google billing account. You subscribe to our service and pay a monthly fee (subscription) depending on the plan you need. You will not see a “surprise” charge on your credit card in the event you go over the limit.
Switching between WP Store locator to MySLP just became easier!!
Contact us to learn how to sign up for the New “Lock and Load” your Locations from WPSLP as part of your transition process to MySLP. Available with the SLP 4.9.16 release. MySLP plans start for a low monthly fee.
My Store Locator Plus was updated over the weekend to update payment processing. This does not affect billing on existing active accounts and is not related to the WordPress plugins.
Renewing Expired Accounts
For accounts that were canceled within 30 days, whether by choice or because a credit card payment could not be processed, the renew option is back online.
The option to renew a recently-expired accounts had been offline for the past 60 days due to a change in the programming interface at our payment processor. With the changes to the interface all renewed MySLP subscriptions will have a new subscription number. This will not impact your MySLP functionality but for those that keep track of transactions at Stripe (our payment processor) you will note two different subscriptions if you choose to renew your account.
Updates to the Store Locator Plus WordPress plugin version 4.9.15, released today, includes patches to the Google API Key management.
Let’s start by letting users of our fully managed MySLP SaaS service know that you don’t have to worry about any of this. You can skip this entire article.
Google API Keys
For our SLP WordPress plugin users there has been a notable change in the management of Google API Keys.
We now support a Geocoding Key and a Browser Key. The Browser key is used to display the map and handle user-input addresses during a location search. The Geocoding key is used on your WordPress server to geocoding locations you’ve entered via the Google API.