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).
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.
- 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.
The next release of Store Locator Plus is wrapping up testing and will be released soon for WordPress Plugins and is on a fast track for release on the MySLP platform within 10 days.
We also clean up some bugs in this series. Most notably a bug in the Experience add on that only impacts the WordPress plugin users running version 4.7.10 of Experience (MySLP users are not impacted by this issue) that disabled multiple search and page load features provided by the Experience add on including order by featured, listing featured locations first, state and city filtering and their drop downs among other issues. Bugs were addressed for Power users with the import duplicates handler.