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).

Store Locator Plus 4.8 Imminent

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.

The focus on this update has been bug fixes as well as a rework of the Manage Locations user interface.   The new Manage Locations interface has a faster location editor system based on JavaScript.  This eliminates the extra server posts and page loads when editing a location from the location list.

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.
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MySLP 17.5 Brings Store Locator Plus 4.7.9 Online

The latest version of the MySLP service is now online and includes the latest versions of the Store Locator Plus application stack.

Locator Features

The locator now employs a lighter communication interface in JavaScript reducing memory on the user’s browser and network traffic between your site and the MySLP server to increase locator performance.    Enterprise level users that are using  the territory bounds feature have some patches that fix an issue where some searches would not get a response from the server when no locations were being returned.  Power level users that employ the location categories to filter their location results will not improved performance on searches.  Power level users also get improved CSV import performance in the latest MySLP update.

Account Upgrade/Downgrade

This update also includes a revised dashboard that has an improved interface for upgrading your account level and performing other account features.   Changing your account level or restarting a suspended subscription is now a one-click process from My Profile when logged into the MySLP Dashboard.

Coming Soon

We are well underway with the 17.6 release of the MySLP service.   This coming release brings direct credit card billing through Stripe services for all new accounts.    Existing accounts will be able to request assistance if they wish to migrate from PayPal to direct credit card billing for their service.