Several changes have made it into the October 2018 release of My Store Locator Plus®. The updates include features users of the mapping and directory service have been asking for since the start of the summer.
Faster map loads
Users that generate embed codes for their Weebly, Wix, Squarespace or other sites will notice a small change to the code — we now serve up a minified JavasScript snippet. The compressed code will load faster and take up less memory on your site. Mobile users visiting your site will like that.
Users that have already embedded the map may want to grab the new embed code by logging into MySLP and copying the code from Generate Embed.
How much did the Google Maps API prices increase? The true cost is hidden for many users of the ubiquitous Google Maps API as Google is weaning you onto a potential 9,000% price increase by giving everyone a $200 per-month credit towards API billing through September 2018. For many API users the true sticker shock will come when that $200 credit expires.
Up until July 2018 most users were able to get by with no official Google API key at all. Those that started a site in the past year needed an API key but likely fell under the “free usage limits” and never saw a bill; even if they enabled the older “Pay-As-You-Go” system under Google.
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.
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.