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What’s Baking? Updates for SLP, Power, Experience, Premier

Store Locator Plus updates are ready to roll out for May  2017.   The updates will first come to the WordPress plugins.   MySLP will be updated in the next 3-4 weeks pending testing.   Here is what is coming in this series of updates.

Store Locator Plus

The base plugin that impacts all levels of MySLP service and the Store Locator Plus application stack.

Various updates have been made to allow the Style Gallery to better support additional user experience modifiers available in the Experience and Premier Add On packs.   For example the base plugin now has a Search Form Styles selection that provides access to built-in jQuery styling that makes things like drop down menus and autocomplete features look a little nicer.

The Default style in the Style Gallery has been updated.  You do not need to update the base plugin to take advantage of this update.  If you are already using the Default style select a different style from the Settings / View tab in Store Locator Plus (start with Advaned Options in MySLP) and switch it back to Default to pull the new style from the Style Gallery server.    If you have SLP 4.7.10 it will take advantage of some new HTML attributes to better style the search form layout, especially when dropping labels in front of some input fields on the locator.

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Power Add On 4.7.10 Patches Categories

Version 4.7.10 of the Power Add On for Store Locator Plus was released today to patch an issue with recording new category assignments for locations.    Version 4.7.9 introduced an issue that broke the mapping between locations and new category assignments.

If you have existing locations that “lost their categories” you will need to re-assign the categories.    For most installations you can edit each location via the admin edit page for the location; the location categories should appear as being checked.  Saving the location will re-assign the proper category numbers to the category mapping table.

We have also revised our test suites to ensure the category tests are properly included in the Power Add On testing process.  We are not certain why the testing scripts became disconnected from our Power Add On Test Suite but we have rebuilt the suite to reduce the chances of an issue like this from happening in the future.

MySLP users, other than those on the Advanced level which does not include category features, have already received the patched files.     Users of our WordPress add on should update the Power Add On before working with location categories.

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MySLP Service Is Getting Stripe – Downtime May 16th 2017

The My Store Locator Plus subscription service is ready for Stripe.   Stripe provides better coupon management, account upgrade and downgrade prorated fees, and direct credit card billing.    During our testing we have also found that subscription changes are instantaneous which eliminates the “in limbo” state that was problematic with some PayPal accounts.

All new accounts will go through Stripe.    Pre-existing accounts that wish to switch to Stripe can contact us to assist with changing their processor to Stripe after they cancel their PayPal subscription.   We will make sure all account data and settings remain intact and that you have as little downtime as possible.  Most accounts will have ZERO downtime should they choose to change over to Stripe.    Existing accounts that choose to stay with PayPal will be able to do so.

Along with this update are several minor updates such as improved history logging on all accounts to better track what is going on with subscription renewals, account upgrades, and the current state of the subscription.

2017-05-16 Maintenance Window

The MySLP website will experience a brief period of downtime on Tuesday May 16th 2017 from 11AM EST until 11:20AM EST.    Customer Maps may be offline for up 2 to 3 minutes during part of the upgrade process.