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Store Locator Plus 4.2.05 Prerelease Testing

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Testing of Store Locator Plus 4.2.04 did not pass testing.   An update, patch 4.2.05, is available to Premier Members via the downloads page.   The current patch adds a patch for the missing distance display on the search results.   Testing will resume immediately with a target release of the production 4.2.05 update later this week.   Several updates including Pro Pack and Directory Builder patches are on hold pending final release of SLP 4.2.05.

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Store Locator Plus 4.2.04 Prerelease

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Store Locator Plus 4.2.04 is ready for download of the prerelease version for Premium Members.  The forthcoming release, entering full testing in the next 24 hours, has a half-dozen patches and a few new features.

Results Layout Tweaks

SLP 4.2.04 has new processing filters related to results output.  The updates allow for a better interface with add-on packs like the new Directory Builder add-on.    It also allows for more Results Layout controls with Enhanced Results that now follow the same advanced formatting options for Enhanced Map info bubbles.

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Results Layout in JavaScript

Google Communications

Google geocoding communications have been improved.   A new server-to-server speed setting under the General Settings / Server tab allows users to select “Normal, Slow, Fast” as their default communication speed with Google.   In addition the new default setting of “Normal” gives Google servers up to 10 seconds to respond with a latitude and longitude versus the previous 3 seconds which was inadequate on servers on slower shared networks.   The new settings allows you to speed up communications with the fast setting; useful if you are running on a server that you know never has problems talking to Google and you are doing Pro Pack bulk uploads.  You can also slow down communications if you are running on a slower server such as a test server that is on a secondary network.

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Google Geocoding communications are now more lenient and can be adjusted from General Settings.

New Hooks and Filters

For those of you that have crafted your own add-ons to communicate with Store Locator Plus, there is a new slp_csv_processing_complete hook that allows you to run actions after a CSV upload has finished as well as a new slp_ux_modify_adminpanel_results to add settings to the Admin Panel Results interface.

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Store Locator Plus 4.2 Release Imminent

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Store Locator Plus 4.2.01 is entering final testing this week.   The latest patch adds more built-in support for add-on packs which will allow for a lighter footprint for any add-on packs using SLP 4.2 base classes.   This change should have little impact on users of Store Locator Plus but paves the way for “lighter” and more consistent add-on pack experiences.

Store Locator Plus 4.2 has been fully tested with the latest release of WordPress 4.0 which is currently thought to be the last update to WordPress before 4.0 enters final release in the next few weeks.

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Store Locator Plus plugin listing on WordPress 4.0.

Better Add Ons With 4.2

The following add-on packs will be released shortly after Store Locator Plus 4.2 is published and take full advantage of the Store Locator Plus 4.2 add-on system:

Director Builder 4.2

A new add-on pack that makes it easy to build directory listings from the locator data.   The initial release provides a short code that builds live lists of locator properties such as cities, states, and counties.  The list can be linked to any locator page.

Directory Page Front End
Creates this page on the website.

Location Extender 4.2

Location Extender is another new add-on pack based on the Store Locator Plus 4.2 add-on system.    This add-on pack adds a half-dozen new fields to the Store Locator Plus location data.    Intro text, year established, county, region, district, and territory are among the new fields that have been added.   Output those fields using Store Pages templates or Enhanced Results results layout customization.

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Location Extender Edit Fields

Pro Pack 4.2

Pro Pack has been updated to use the new Store Locator Plus 4.2 add-on system.   The changes reduce the memory and disk footprint of the plugin and will provide a more consistent experience.    Pro Pack 4.2 has an updated reports interface that eliminates the custom reporting page.  This will make it easier to add features and extend the reporting system for Pro Pack in future releases.    A new CSV import option that loads CSV files from remote FTP and HTTP sources is expected to be available for the Pro Pack 4.2 release.

 

Premier Subscriptions

Store Locator Plus 4.2.01 and the add-on packs are available to Premier Subscription members in prerelease format on the downloads page.     General public releases are expected in the next 10 days or less.

If you do not have a Premier Subscription and are contemplating getting on that program you may want to do so now.  Once the new add-on packs are released prices will be going up for Premier Subscription members.   Lock in your pricing now and get all future add-on packs, access to prerelease software, and access to the Premier forum for faster support responses.    Subscriptions can be cancelled without impacting already-downloaded/already-installed add-on packs.

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Premier Forums is the first-stop when answering support requests.

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