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Store Locator Plus updates and Patches

With so many changes in the wind these days about APIs and the speed  in which the Google MAP API  terms of service  in their “cloud” platform have been happening , we are always thankful when our customers point out changes that have occurred in the WPSLP functionality.  Thank you to our forum poster, Paul , for pointing  us in the right direction by deactivating Power and exposing the zoom  issue.  If you discover something isn’t working the way it used to, check for updates.  Posting in the WordPress Store Locator Plus  forums is the best way to bring issues to our attention.  Providing your Plugin environment , as Paul did, helps us the most. The more people who post the issue with a screenshot of their plug-in environment, the more likely we are to believe it really might be a bug in SLP.

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Location Page Listings Enhanced

One of the few features that is not currently available for our MySLP SaaS users is the dynamic location details pages that are hosted on WordPress sites.  Users that employ the Pages feature of the Power add on can link the web links for locations shown in the locator to a SEO friendly details page hosted on the website for every location in the database.

Another important feature of the Pages interface is the ability to list all pages that have been generated in a directory format via the [slp_pages] shortcode.   This list provides an easy way to show locations without requiring site visitors interact with the map interface.

More Page Listing Controls

With the 4.9.14 release of the WordPress plugins, the Power add on now provides even more control over the page listings.    When using the default “full listing” style, which shows the entire page template one-after-another, there are some new options available.

Hide The Map

Hide the map, is one such option.  Most users opt to show a map showing where the business is when a user looks at the details page.    However, loading a dozen maps stack one on top of another on a page listing slows down page rendering.    The new no_map attribute allows you to turn the map on or off as needed.

Custom CSS Classes

In prior releases web designers could style the layouts for the page listings by adding custom CSS to their WordPress theme and reference the Store Locator Plus specific classes that wrap the page list as well as the SLP classes that wrap each individual page entry.

New Pages CSS Class Overrides

In the Power 4.9.14 release users can now replace the previously “hard-coded” Store Locator Plus classes used with these HTML elements with their own class names.   This can be especially useful when using WordPress themes that are built on a standard library such as the common 12-column Grid Layouts in Foundation, Vuetify, and Bootstrap.    That means you can let the theme’s default row and column controls manage the layout for the page listings instead of writing tedious responsive CSS rule stacks just for Store Locator Plus.

Even better – you can set these CSS classes with [slp_pages] attributes.

Like our recent location editor update, this is one more step on our journey toward moving Store Locator Plus toward modern web design standards.

We’re already using this on a couple of projects and think you’ll like the new implementation.

 

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Store locator featuring location sensor on HTTP site

HTTP site and Location Sensor

If your site is a non-secure site (HTTP) or does not have a valid SSL  ( Secure Sockets Layer) and/or you have not migrated your site to HTTPS ( Hyper Text Transfer Protocol secure), chances are your customer will have a message returned “No results found” even if you have Location Sensor enabled.

Most browsers , and the google map API  require sites to be secure to allow the search engine to detect your customers whereabouts.   There have been numerous articles written concerning the security changes.