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SLP version releases, Power 4.5.10 , Premier 4.5.10 while in flight


I hope everyone is enjoying the balmy summer weather. The developer and author of Store Locator Plus has been very busy with updates  in preparation for meeting his MYSLP team.  I am sure he will have some interesting stories to tell when he gets back.   He hasn’t been idle!  While pond hopping he managed to revamp and publish   Store locator Plus 4.5.10, which we hope provides better information on how to actually get that pesky Google API, browser , server console key  or whatever they are calling it these days, into the right location in the SLP General settings.  Thanks to a user question, apparently the linked instructions under the SLP INFO tab may not have been as user friendly as hoped.

Other updates were to the Power Add-on and Premier Add-on.    Premier 4.5.10 was released while the author was mid flight somewhere over the Atlantic.218px-Fly00488_-_Flickr_-_NOAA_Photo_Library

The Power Add-on and Premier Add-on were not playing nice together when it came to icons and map markers assigned to the Category Manager and settings.   Thanks to a recent Premier Subscriber for revealing the mismatching icons issue and for patiently working with SLP while it was resolved

Stay tuned for a future update; I am  hoping this  will  help us all keep our versions  straight,( this blogger included who has told people to update to a non-existent version of an add-on, causing mayhem and confusion in her wake)  has been requested from numerous loyal customers.  Yes, you asked for it , he heard you, and  coming to your account dashboard in the not too distant future, being able to view the version add-on that is available to you under your account downloads.

In the meantime, please check your versions under the Support tab on the home page.

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Change Log for SLP

 

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Store Locator Plus version 4.4.12 map marker Extended data and Experience add-on 4.4.01

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SLP 4.4.12

The changes to the extended data system now supports a map marker ‘icon’ display type that is used with the Experience add-on to manage the per-location map markers in a more efficient manner. Minor updates to appearance and a new SLP Twenty Sixteen plugin style to complement the WP Twenty Sixteen theme.

The details and release notes are explained by the Store Locator Plus author, Lance Cleveland. The below videos have been added to the SLP documentation playlist.

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Tagalong 4.2, With Per Category URLs, Released

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Tagalong, the add-on pack for Store Locator Plus that helps manage location categories is now available.  Version 4.2 is built on the new Store Locator Plus add-on framework giving it added stability and performance along with consistency between how the add on packs operate.    In addition to the 4.2 framework, there are some new features in the 4.2 release including:

Per-Category URLs

Every category can have a URL as well as a target window for the URL.    When a category has a URL attached the icon will be linked to the URL when it is rendered in below-the-map results.    The target window determines whether to open a new browser window or tab when a user clicks the icon.

Category Rank

Categories can be ranked.    The rank of the category determines which map marker is displayed.  The lower the rank the higher the priority.

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Tagalong 4.2 map markers and icons displayed on a map search.

Category Manager UI Tweaks

The built-in WordPress category manager has been updated to show the map markers, icons, and rank for each category when the page is loaded.   Unfortunately I’ve not discovered a way to get the WordPress AJAX interface to render the new data when adding a new location, however future visits to the page will show the icons and map markers.

Tagalong Markers and Icons on WP List Page

Tagalong Details

Prerelease version of ALL Store Locator Plus plugins are always available to Premier Members.    Tagalong prerelease copies are also available to customers that have purchased the add-on pack from the CSA website.  Prerelease software is not for use on production systems.

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Tagalong 4.2 Prerelease Available

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Tagalong, the add-on pack for Store Locator Plus that helps manage location categories is now available in prerelease.  Version 4.2 is built on the new Store Locator Plus add-on framework giving it added stability and performance along with consistency between how the add on packs operate.    In addition to the 4.2 framework, there are some new features in the 4.2 release including:

Per-Category URLs

Every category can have a URL as well as a target window for the URL.    When a category has a URL attached the icon will be linked to the URL when it is rendered in below-the-map results.    The target window determines whether to open a new browser window or tab when a user clicks the icon.

Category Rank

Categories can be ranked.    The rank of the category determines which map marker is displayed.  The lower the rank the higher the priority.

Tagalong 4.2 Icons and Markers On Map
Tagalong 4.2 map markers and icons displayed on a map search.

Category Manager UI Tweaks

The built-in WordPress category manager has been updated to show the map markers, icons, and rank for each category when the page is loaded.   Unfortunately I’ve not discovered a way to get the WordPress AJAX interface to render the new data when adding a new location, however future visits to the page will show the icons and map markers.

Tagalong Markers and Icons on WP List Page

Tagalong Prerelease Details

Prerelease version of ALL Store Locator Plus plugins are always available to Premier Members.    Tagalong prerelease copies are also available to customers that have purchased the add-on pack from the CSA website.  Prerelease software is not for use on production systems.

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Location Categorization And Custom Map Markers Updated

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Tagalong, the Store Locator Plus add-on pack that provided categorization of your location and allows for custom per-location map markers and icons, has been updated to version 4.1.06 today.

Today’s patch includes several fixes including the formatting on the admin page for the map marker and icon selector, allowing quick edit on the category page without resetting the markers and icons, and Pro Pack CSV export fixes.

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The combined Pro Pack rules and Tagalong settings that produce the custom legend for one of the screen shots.

Release Details

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Tagalong 1.1 Icon Array and Legend

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Tagalong Version 1.1, the Store Locator Plus 4 compatible release,  has some new features bundled into the product that make is easier to manage icon displays for your users.    The two features are the icon array and the icon legend.   Both features work in tandem with other add-on packs to provide you with unique new ways to manage the user experience on your site.

Tagalong Legend and Icon Array UX
Tagalong Legend and Icon Array UX

Icon Array

The Icon Array is a new setting that generates a full array of icons based on the categories you assigned to your location via the Tagalong categorization system.   Prior to version 1.1 only the first category that was assigned to a location was available to display in the results using custom CSS.

With version 1.1 you can now output not only that single icon, which is the default setting for backwards compatibility reasons, you can also display the entire icon array using the [slp_location iconarray raw] shortcode within the results or info bubble layout controls.

Results layout controls are enabled by installing the Enhanced Results version 1.0 add-on pack.

Bubble layout controls are enabled by installing the Enhanced Map version 1.0 add-on pack.

The iconarray attribute of the custom [slp_location] shortcodes used on each of those add-on packs is extended with Tagalong version 1.1 to show all categories.

Icon Legend

With Tagalong version 1.1 you can now add an icon legend on your user interface by adding the new [tagalong legend] shortcode in the Locator Layout control provided by the Pro Pack.   The category label can be turned on or off below each icon via a simple on/off setting in the Tagalong control panel.

Tagalong 1.1 Admin Settings
Tagalong 1.1 Admin Settings

Pro Pack version 3.12 provides the new View layout control.

Tagalong version 1.1 adds the new [tagalong] shortcode to view layout controls.

 

Store Locator Plus 4

These features and more are coming in the Store Locator Plus 4 release and related add-on packs.   The Store Locator Plus 4 base plugin will remain free and fully functional.    All of the add-on packs will require an upgrade if you install Store Locator Plus 4.   SLP4 compatible add-on packs will be a paid upgrade for existing users.  Users that purchased their add-on packs will be offered a discount coupon to upgrade to the SLP4 compatible versions when they are released.

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Store Locator Plus : More Icon Sets

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Along the way to testing and patching Tagalong I’ve been searching for various icons to add to my test suite. A couple of new icon sets have been added to Icon Pack add-on. A portion of the icon pack sales will go back to the original icon authors where those authors accept/request donations. The new icon sets include the Maki set and the SJJB set. Both are open source icons you can find online, they’ve been packaged here for a quick-and-easy way to add them to your Store Locator Plus interface.

The Maki set is a set of simple black-and-white icons with a variety of base types. You can find the full Maki set here:
http://www.mapbox.com/maki/

 

Maki Icon Set
Maki Icon Set

 

The SJJB set is an extensive set of over 800 icons with multiple color variations. It is a larger install that can be problematic on servers with limited bandwidth or if you do not have adequate bandwidth with your ISP. I had to eliminate all but the 24-pixel icon size to load it in a reasonable time on my development server as the full set with the 12, 16, 24, and 32-bit icons represented over 48,000 icons being loaded into the UI. My browser was not happy as it consumes a huge array in the DOM and file structure interface of the web browser. The 24-pixel-only set that is presented here is what I felt was a good compromise while creating an extensive icon set collection.

You can find the full SJJB icon set here:

http://www.sjjb.co.uk/mapicons/

 

SJJB Icon Set Color Sample
SJJB Icon Set Color Sample
SJJB Icon Set Scaled Down To Fit Screen Shot
SJJB Icon Set Scaled Down To Fit Screen Shot
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New Icon Pack : Maki Simple Icons

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I stumbled across a set of open source icons that will make a good base set for map markers. I may use these on custom projects by combining them with bubble style pins to create a multitude of custom color map markers. In the meantime I’ve created a simple icon set you can add to Store Locator Plus.

You can find the following map markers as part of the new Maki icon set add-on pack.

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Daily Update : Woocommerce Plugins + SLP Updates

It has been a crazy couple of weeks between multiple coding projects, private consults, and the school year-end mayhem on the home front.   Here is what I’ve been working on when I’ve found some free coding time.

Woocommerce Premium Plugin System

My primary focus has been on this project.

Work continues on my WooCommerce add-on pack that will keep track of specific product versions ordered.  The plugin will help maintain easier access to prior release versions for each add-on pack.  It also provides a mechanism that will allow store owners to choose whether or not to charge an upgrade fee when new feature releases come out.    I will be using this feature to provide free patches on the various products while charging upgrade fees when there are features added to products.  This is also the base system needed to manage the Enterprise Subscription model that I hope to release this summer.

This add-on for WooCommerce will provide the funding mechanism necessary to accelerate new feature development across the entire line of plugins, especially Store Locator Plus.

Tagalong Updates

This will be my main focus over the next few days.

This week I will be spending time cleaning up some Tagalong bugs that have been reported.   I hope to have a Tagalong patch release out later this week.

Pro Pack Update

There is a minor update to Pro Pack in the works, basically code cleaning that I stumbled across while doing some debugging.    Along the way I added a new feature to Pro Pack that allows you to enter an address in a separate box on the Pro Pack tab and get back the lat/long for that address.    I’m not sure if anyone will find it useful, but it saves me time debugging other sites as I can quickly check if a given address will return the lat/long I am expecting from Google.   If it saves me time from having to go and use third party lat/long location tools, someone else might find it useful as well.   It will be a feature in the next release of the Pro Pack.

New Restaurants Iconset

I have been building a new “Restaurant Icon Set” that will be available sometime in the near future.   I needed a place to store new icons for testing with Tagalong but did not want to clutter the base plugin.   The icon set add-on system was designed a long time ago but I’ve never really done much with it outside of the original “Google Old School” icons I used for testing.   Since creating a new icon set add-on takes less than 20 minutes I decided that was the best place to store the new icons.   More icons means better images for screen shots and videos, which is something I am always looking to improve on the marketing side of things.