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.
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.
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Sign up for your MySLP service. Any level of service will work including the low-cost Advanced level.
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. Continue reading “Store Locator Plus 4.8 Imminent”→
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”→