The loading indicator, a graphical indicator that is shows up as a spinning circle when locations are loading, has been patched in the November update of My Store Locator Plus®.
Enterprise users that enabled this feature may have had had an issue where the map would not display when this feature was enabled. The problem has been ongoing since its introduction earlier this summer but was not brought to our attention until recently. The patch to address the issue is now online.
The Loading Indicator settings are under Store Locator Plus® | Settings | Results for Enterprise level users.
The July release of Store Locator Plus™ has been completed and includes a number of updates such as the scheduled imports patch for our Professional and Enterprise level users. We’ve included a number of changes in the location processing engine as well that helps improve browser memory consumption as well as performance for sites with larger lists of locations. These updates are already online for our MySLP users.
This patch addresses and issue where the import scheduling form was not being processed, preventing changes to the import file location, interval, or time at which the import runs. New sites could not schedule imports and had to import location CSV files “by hand”. The patch addresses the issue.
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.