Check out our latest pet project, our Solar Installers Directory. Solar Installers Directory is a mobile friendly website hosted on an Amazon S3 bucket. It has full https security, Cloudfront distributed content, and virtually zero server overhead. The locations map is provided by our Store Locator Plus® SaaS service.
About S3 Hosting
Amazon Web Services (AWS) provides high-availability cloud storage via their S3 service. Typically this is used to host off-site content such as backups or data that is not needed on a regular basis. Some people use it to see AWS Cloudfront, a content distribution network, to speed up their sites for images or other content. A lesser-known trick is using the S3 bucket to host a website.
Store Locator Plus® was updated today with a number of improvements over the 5.2 release. Users will find that the Locations management screen is much faster when the screen options sets pagination length to more than 100 records. The update also ensures that those users that set their location list to more than 512 locations can still use the Export options available in the Professional and Enterprise level of service, or that have the Power add on installed if using the WordPress plugins.
SaaS Performance Boost
While the 5.3 release of Store Locator Plus® includes a number of performance enhancements across-the-board, our SaaS service has received some additional updates that allow us to process location and map requests a little faster. This is thanks to working with a controlled software stack where we know the exact version of WordPress, PHP, and all the libraries involved to squeeze as much performance as possible from the code.
Users should notice faster response when loading the map on a page, especially on sites with more than a few dozen locations being displayed.
Store Locator Plus® 5.7 has been released to assist with several features available in the Professional and Enterprise packages of our SaaS product as well as features for the Power and Experience add-on packages for the WordPress plugin.
Location Sensor Refinements
The locations sensor is available for users of the Professional or Enterprise SaaS service. For those using the legacy WordPress plugins the Power add on is required. Keep in mind your site must be an https-based URL which will require you have an SSL certificate.
This patch enhances the consistency of location detection features where some combinations of settings were forcing the location sensor to enable when the feature was turned off.
This setting is found under Store Locator Plus® | General | User Interface.
Setting the center of the map can happen several ways. The default for all maps is to use the value stored under Store Locator Plus® | Settings | Map for Center Map At.