In preparation for feature updates to our Premier (checkbox category selectors anyone?), Power, and Experience add ons, the free Store Locator Plus base plugin was updated to version 4.8.4 today. All of the updates including the premier add on features will be rolled out in MySLP 17.10 to our monthly service users later this month.
Back to the Store Locator Plus WordPress plugin update for those that like to have full control and manage their own software and websites…
The following updates have been made in Store Locator Plus 4.8.4:
- Fix apostrophe in description on editor.
- Fix admin page detector. Fixes category icon/marker selector for the Power Add On.
- Fix the admin pages related settings highlight.
- Clean up some of the admin locations interface elements. Use jQuery base dialogues from Theme Roller.
- Simplified object loader to reduce overhead.
- Minor performance improvement on admin page saves.
- Directory Builder no longer supported, it is part of the Power Add On.
- Experience 4.8.3 or higher is required.
- Dropped slp_save_map_settings_inputs filter.
- A half-dozen old-school style map markers (pin_red, marker, icon_entertainment, bubble_person, box_teal_airport, box_gray_house, arrow) have been removed. They can be added to WP media manager or a newer style selected in its place.
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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 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.