The last two Legacy hold outs, ProPack and Tagalong are not compatible with version 4.8 of SLP. Both of these legacy add-ons have been included with the Power Add-on which was released over a year ago.
Manage Locations UX has been updated: uses WordPress-standard Screen Options to set number of locations to show on a page and show/hide columns.
Adding a location via the Manage Locations form no longer requires the store name to be set.
New Smart Option interface for add ons reduces redundant code.
Tagalong is no longer compatible with SLP, upgrade to the Power Add On.
Note: Premier, Power and Experience add-ons that were versions lower then 4.8 will be deactivated . You must update those either through the auto updater in the WP admin panel or by logging into your account, downloading and updating manually.
Weebly is my new favorite “block builder” website creation tool. Creating a basic website is quick and easy. Adding a MySLP based locator is no different. The process is very easy for anyone that can use a web browser.
Create Your MySLP Account
Sign up for your MySLP service. Any level of service will work including the low-cost Advanced level.
Caching of your site tends to create a superior user experience as pages are served to your site visitors more quickly. In the modern technological world of “NOW!”, where we expect our requests from technology to delivery immediately, anything that takes longer than a few seconds to deliver what the user asked for is considered slow, useless, or obsolete.
Caching of live WordPress sites is something that used to be a rare occurence. With more informative articles, better hosting companies, and the user community “leveling up” their technical expertise, caching of WordPress sites has become more commonplace than ever before. That is a good thing.
Many other web presence services and hosting companies have deployed caching for years. Some are more advanced than others with their deployment process. The better web presence platforms will manage flushing the cache for you.
If you are managing your own hosting and caching solutions here are some things we’ve encountered on our own WordPress sites and MySLP deployments.
Security or Proxy Service Caches
Premier Members now have access to the 4.7.11 update of the Premier plugin. This update allows you to set location lookup limits per IP address. This will help keep competitors from scraping your locations list from your site. All Premier Members with an active membership can download the latest release and activate IP filtering on their sites today.
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.
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. Continue reading “What’s Baking? Updates for SLP, Power, Experience, Premier”→
Supported plugins including Gravity Forms Locations, Power, Experience, and Premier have been updated to ensure compatibility with the 4.7.10 release. Legacy add ons including Enhanced Map, Enhanced Search, and the Widget Pack are no longer supported. Users of Enhanced Map, Enhanced Search, and the Widget Pack should upgrade to theExperience Add On which includes all 3 legacy add ons as well as Enhanced Results and some new features.
Interested in Gravity Forms Add Ons for Store Locator Plus? Here is a video on how it can be used to allow users to add locations to your site:
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.