Store Locator Plus 4.9.7 “map attributes” update was released today for our WordPress users. The update is still in testing for MySLP users — some of the patches in this release are a direct result of the testing before integrating into our managed service. The updated release will be on the MySLP platform soon but will have limited impact on those users.
The [slplus] processor in the core plugin has been updated to allow more map attributes to be set. This update allows ALL options that have been migrated to the new Smart Options architecture (80% of all SLP settings at this point) to be used as an attribute. This greatly improves the ability to create custom maps on a per-page basis with settings that vary from the general “system wide” settings that come from the Store Locator Plus > Settings tab.
A built-in feature on all Store Locator Plus products from the free WPSLP downloadable plugin to the fully managed MySLP service is one-click deployment of new interface styles. Our locator Style Gallery server is updated form time-time-time with new styles you can try as well as tweaks to existing styles.
We cleaned up the styling for the hours that are displayed in the results listing , placing them on their own line in the results output. This update is available to all MySLP and WPSLP users.
We also cleaned up the Directory Landing Page for users that employ the directory feature for WPSLP Power.
The change is immediately available to the following locator styles:
Don’t worry, if you selected a locator style already it will not change even if we update your selected style on our server. If you want to update your selected style to or latest version you must select a different style from the plugin gallery first, then re-select the style you were using.
Keep in mind that some styles in our Style Gallery will change your locator settings. The styles that change settings clearly note that they will do so in the description. Read the descriptions before clicking that “Activate” button.
How To Select A New Style
For MySLP start from Advanced Options in your dashboard.
For WPSLP start from Store Locator Plus on your admin login.
Go to Settings > View
In the Appearance section you will see a list of available styles from our Style Gallery.
Hover over the bottom edge of the “card” showing the style information and click the Select button when it appears.
How To Update Your Style
Follow the above steps and start by selecting a locator style that you are not currently using.
Follow the above steps and re-select the style you were using originally. This will re-load the style and the settings from our gallery server.
Store Locator Plus Power 4.9.1 improves location imports. It is available for WordPress now and will be updated in our end-of-year release for MySLP users. Here it what was patched and improved.
All Users (MySLP and WPSLP)
Address 2 column on CSV import files was incorrectly being mapped to the address field. This has been resolved.
The location import processing has vastly improved progress indicators on the import sub tab. Check them out.
Store Pages custom post types , that are included with Power, correctly registers with WordPress 4.9 showing the sidebar menu.
Power has been updated to work on servers running PHP 5.3. You really should upgrade to PHP 5.6 if you value site security, not too mention performance. PHP 5.3 has been out-of-date for several years now. Actually jump right to PHP 7 if you can.
Import and Basic Auth
The new import process requires that your site be able to run WP Cron. Some hosts and site admins turn that off for “security reasons”, but there is limited-if-any security risk with that process. Not running it not only will prevent the new imports from running but stops lots of other things from working in WordPress; like automated updates.
If your site is using basic authentication, you’ll know if it is, the import processor cannot start the second (reading the CSV file) and third stages (geocoding locations) automatically. You’ll need to be logged in as an authorized user and surf to your website/wp-cron.php to kick things off. Some development and staging sites use basic authentication to prevent a casual web surfer or search bot from accessing a site they are working on.
Marker Not Found Notice On Settings Page
If you are seeing “marker not found” notifications when going to your Settings tab in SLP, this could be an obvious indication that basic auth is running on your site. Our marker-testing uses the built-in WordPress “get this web thing” function which access something, like your marker URL , as if it is a “Joe Public” web user just surfing the web WITHOUT typing in special access codes or passwords. As a side note, if you are seeing that notification there is a good chance that someone visiting your site with a browser you’ve not tested yet is getting a map with no markers on it.
Tag Based Location Searches
No, we’ve not completely fixed the TAG search in this release. The tag searching is better, but still not 100%. We are actively chasing down that bug and a few others for the SLP 4.9.2 + Power 4.9.2 release.
We are working on getting Premier to run on PHP 5.3 servers (you ARE going to upgrade to PHP 5.6, right?) along with some other minor patches.
If you have issues please post in the forum (this shows up in our dev teams Slack channel) or Contact Us via email. If using the forum, please start your own thread if you are sharing information about your site and want help debugging. Include a link to your locator page and copy the content of your plugin environment (for WPSLP users) or profile (MySLP users).