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Version 4.8.2 of Store Locator Plus for WordPress Is Out

The 4.8.2 release of Store Locator Plus , Experience, Premier, and Power is now available.   The update includes multiple updates to the [slplus] shortcode attributes.   The updates include patches to prior shortcodes and some new features.

Store Locator Plus

Removed legacy Taglong , Enhanced Search and Enhanced Results stubs as those products are not longer supported with the 4.8 release.

Experience

Fixed Add Dial Link To Phone.
Individual pages can now set the default map end icon and home icon overriding the global defaults on the Settings tab:
[slplus endicon=”<end marker image URL>”] is fixed and now part of Experience.
[slplus homeicon=”<home marker image URL>”] is fixed and now part of Experience.
Fixed Append To Search
[slplus append_to_search=”<blah>”] is now a possible attribute.

Premier

Adds the ability to filter by tag with URLs. i.e adding ?only_with_tag=red to the map page URL.
Fixes a minor activiation bug.
Fixes availability of settings on individual sites on multisite.
Fixes validation of Premier subscription on multisite.

Power

Improved the CSV import processor, skipping blank lines at the end of CSV files.
Fixes availability of settings on individual sites on multisite.
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My Store Locator Plus 17.8 Now Online

MySLP 17.8 went online today.  This update to the managed locator service brings improved browser performance to all sites.     Weebly, Squarespace, Bootstrap, and even WordPress sites using the managed service will all benefit.    The update sends a lot less data between the MySLP servers and the user’s browser both on the initial map startup and on subsequent data requests.   This means faster initial page loading times and less bandwidth.   For self-hosted websites less bandwith means faster server performance and lower hosting costs.

Speaking of Weebly, we’ve been playing with their service for the past week.   It is one of our new favorite “building block” style website editors out there.    It happens to play quite nicely with Store Locator Plus and implementing the embed code is super-easy.   You’ll see a lot more Weebly-based “How To” videos over the next few weeks as we tailor our South Carolina Ice Cream example site.    For those of you using WordPress plugins or other website building solutions you won’t be left out in the cold (ice cream pun intended).   Our examples apply to all of our Store Locator Plus solutions.

For those on the MySLP managed service you now have the improved site loading performance.  It will show up on your sites automatically.    No updates needed.    We have run our automated testing on all our active customer deployments and did not detect any failures.  If something does go awry please contact us.

In the 17.8 Release

Less data going to user’s browsers when interacting with the locator (All Levels).
Updated add/edit locations interface for Locations(All Levels).
Updated column show/hide and paging for Locations listing(All Levels).
Fix duplicates handling bug on CSV import (Power and higher).

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SLP version 4.8 released : Required Update to Experience, Power and Premier add-ons

Store Locator Plus has been updated  to  feature new styles, while  removing old JavaScript commands that were left in the core base plug-in for the sole purpose of supporting the Legacy add-ons.  This release has finalized the process of  phasing out of the Legacy add-ons.

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.

  • Manage Locations Edit / Add has been updated: uses JavaScript interface and overlay windows to edit locations.
  • Adding a location via the Manage Locations form no longer requires the store name to be set.
  • Lighten the data load going to the JavaScript front end to alleviate browser congestion and improve performance.
  • Uses minified JS for slp_core if available.
  • Patch to fix the Power Add On CSV Import duplicate handler.
  • Patch to deal with Experience Add On hide_search_form shortcode issue.
  • 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.