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.
However this can be overridden when using the WordPress plugin by passing along the map_center attribute on the [slplus] shortcode. This will force the map to override the default allowing different results to be shown on different pages such as places closest to Boston MA on the /Boston page of your site with [slplus map_center=’Boston MA’]
Users of the SaaS product to not deploy with shortcodes. This patch does not affect them.
Passing Address In URL
Users of the WordPress plugin can deploy maps on pages that accept an inbound ?address=Boston+MA parameter which will act as if the user typed that address into the search box on the locator. This feature has been refined with SLP 5.2.8 with the Experience 5.2.5 add-on.
For WordPress Users
You should backup your database and all settings before upgrading to the latest release. Update Store Locator Plus first then update the Power and Experience add on to the latest release.
For our SaaS Users
The latest patches have already been tested and installed.
Store Locator Plus® 5.2 brings a new search results shortcode to assist in proper formatting of European addresses — especially German addresses which list the postal code followed by the city. Prior to the 5.2 release the standard shortcode was [slp_location city_state_zip] which displayed a standard US-format address with a comma between the city and state when warranted.
A new variation of the shortcode [slp_location zip_state_city] puts the zip (postal code) first followed by the state and city WITHOUT any commas. The new shortcode goes in the Store Locator Plus® | Settings | Results Layout setting. To swap the address format change the [slp_location city_state_zip] entry in the Results Layout setting with [slp_location zip_state_city].
In addition to the new layout option, the [slp_location city_state_zip] output was patched to ensure a space remains in place between city and postal code if the state is not set.
If you wish to change your Results Layout setting you can login at the MySLP Dashboard.
Users that opt to stay with our legacy Store Locator Plus® products, we are continuing to patch these self-managed/self-installed plugins. You are responsible for making sure your WordPress account is backed-up prior to upgrading and will need to manage the installs on a site-by-site basis.
Remember, WordPress users are not required to upgrade to the MySLP SaaS subscription. If you have purchased the WordPress plugins and want to check on what was ordered and what updates are available you should login at the WordPress Plugin Store.
Thankfully our MySLP users don’t have to deal with this sort of thing; but if you are using the self-managed WordPress plugins, read on.
You’ve found the telltale sign that your restricted browser API key has been set in the Store Locator Plus geocoding key field. Coming soon with the WordPress Store Locator Plus 5.0.4 release is a new message that will show in your map results telling you what error codes Google is sending back.
There are a couple of correct ways to setup your Google API keys for Store Locator Plus