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Tagalong 0.7 Released

For Immediate Release
Contact: Lance Cleveland
Email: www.charlestonsw.com/mindset/contact-us/

Tagalong v0.7 Released

Charleston SC, March 14th 2013 –  Charleston Software Associates released Tagalong 0.7 today, in conjunction with the Store Locator Plus 3.9.2 release.  This a minor release update according to the company.  Minor release updates focus on behind-the-scenes improvements in performance and memory and minor, if any, user experience changes.

The primary focus of this release was Store Locator Plus 3.9 compatibility.   There have been significant internal changes within Tagalong to leverage some of the new object oriented features of Store Locator Plus 3.9.2.   The plugin was also updated to eliminate the requirement of using the Store Pages premium add-on that was necessary in the past 3 releases of Tagalong.  While the Store Pages add-on pack will still provide some extra interface and location management options, it is not longer required to add some of the extended features for this plugin.

Tagalong is still officially in beta release as the entire feature set has not been completed.  Work is expected to continue this month on moving toward a formal 1.0 production release with added features.

You can learn what is new via the SLP 3.9 Release Notes page.

About Tagalong

Tagalong is a premium add-on for Store Locator Plus that brings more advanced store categorization and customization to the base Store Locator Plus package.   One of the primary features in the beta release is the ability to add custom map markers to the on-map search results.    The plugin uses the built-in WordPress categorization system, which brings more advanced management controls than the proprietary “tags” system that comes along with the Pro Pack.   Tagalong is slated to completely replace the Pro Pack tags feature at some point in the future.    Tagalong is slated to become the primary add-on pack for extending location data in both search results and custom SEO-based Store Pages.

About Store Locator Plus

Store Locator Plus is an advanced system for managing multiple physical locations via a fully integrated WordPress solution. You can add details such as a store description, hours, a website address, an email address, and tags for each location and then display those locations easily on any page using a shortcode. The location search form and Google Map will automatically be displayed.

Advanced customization is available via the settings interface in the admin panel. The map can be customized via the admin panel to fit better on your site by allowing for different sizes, map types (terrain, satellite, standard views), and default location settings. The search form can be customized to show or hide a country pulldown, a city and state pulldown, and tag search fields.  can also re-label every entry field and can opt to enable pop-up email forms to help reduce spam.

For additional information, contact:  Lance Cleveland at /mindset/contact-us/.

About Charleston Software Associates

Charleston Software Associates (CSA) is a software publishing and consulting firm that specializes in WordPress plugins.  Charleston Software Associates was founded in 2004 as an independent software consulting firm specializing in custom application design.   The consulting division was acquired by now-defunct Cyber Sprocket Labs in 2005.    CSA was re-energized in August 2012 with the acquisition of key software products.   The flagship product is a top-rated WordPress plugin that brings a low-cost yet full-featured location management system to businesses large and small.   Research & development continues on additional business-centric products built on the WordPress content platform.    Charleston Software Associates is located in the Charleston South Carolina Metro area operating from a home office in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.

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Store Locator Plus 3.9.2 Released

For Immediate Release
Contact: Lance Cleveland
Email: www.charlestonsw.com/mindset/contact-us/

Store Locator Plus v3.9.2 Released

Charleston SC, March 14th 2013 –  Charleston Software Associates released Store Locator Plus 3.9.2 today, a minor release update according to the company.  Minor release updates focus on behind-the-scenes improvements in performance and memory and minor, if any, user experience changes.   The summary of notable changes includes:

  • Start of a new locations class.   The new location class will create a single in-memory object and a defined interface for getting and setting location data.    This results in faster, smaller, more stable, and more extensible code.
  • Introduction of new SLPlus class.  This update moves all elements of the admin and user experience into the control of a single code structure.   Most WordPress plugins use an ad-hoc approach, which leads to user experience inconsistency and bugs when elements of the plugin are changed.  Store Locator Plus uses a more refined object oriented approach.   Thes results in faster, smaller, more stable, and more extensible code.
  • WordPress custom page types now part of the core engine.  The custom page type, store_page, is now a core element of the Store Locator Plus plugin, not just created and invoked when the Store Pages add-on is available.   Using the WordPress custom post types is a far better solution to providing extended data attributes on locations versus continually extending and updating the custom SLP locations table.     This will allow for a number of add-on packs in the future that can add custom field types, sorting, filtering, and other elements.   Tagalong is using this to store category relations.

Other changes that are notable:

  • CSS Themes for Store Locator Plus are now in the free base product, not just the Pro Pack.
  • The search form newlines have been stripped to keep the search form layout happy with poorly written themes.
  • Code commenting has been updated and new Code Docs are now being published online.
  • Some basic CSS updates to give devs more control over UI elements.

You can learn what is new via the SLP 3.9 Release Notes page.

About Store Locator Plus

Store Locator Plus is an advanced system for managing multiple physical locations via a fully integrated WordPress solution. You can add details such as a store description, hours, a website address, an email address, and tags for each location and then display those locations easily on any page using a shortcode. The location search form and Google Map will automatically be displayed.

Advanced customization is available via the settings interface in the admin panel. The map can be customized via the admin panel to fit better on your site by allowing for different sizes, map types (terrain, satellite, standard views), and default location settings. The search form can be customized to show or hide a country pulldown, a city and state pulldown, and tag search fields.  can also re-label every entry field and can opt to enable pop-up email forms to help reduce spam.

For additional information, contact:  Lance Cleveland at /mindset/contact-us/.

About Charleston Software Associates

Charleston Software Associates (CSA) is a software publishing and consulting firm that specializes in WordPress plugins.  Charleston Software Associates was founded in 2004 as an independent software consulting firm specializing in custom application design.   The consulting division was acquired by now-defunct Cyber Sprocket Labs in 2005.    CSA was re-energized in August 2012 with the acquisition of key software products.   The flagship product is a top-rated WordPress plugin that brings a low-cost yet full-featured location management system to businesses large and small.   Research & development continues on additional business-centric products built on the WordPress content platform.    Charleston Software Associates is located in the Charleston South Carolina Metro area operating from a home office in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.

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Store Pages Version 3.9 Released

For Immediate Release
Contact: Lance Cleveland
Email: www.charlestonsw.com/mindset/contact-us/

Store Pages v3.9 Released

Charleston SC, February 21st 2013 –  Charleston Software Associates released a completely re-constructed version of the Store Pages product this afternoon.   In conjunction with the release of Store Locator Plus version 3.9, the new Store Pages version 3.9 product takes advantages of new internal components to provide a better SEO management experience for Store Locator Plus users.     Store Pages is a premium add-on pack available for the free Store Locator Plus location management system.   Pricing for the 3.9 release is set at $45.    Existing licensed users of prior versions can request a free upgrade to the Store Pages 3.9 release.

The new version of Store Pages creates several oft-requested features.   Custom page addresses and the ability to manipulate the generated page formats are two of the biggest additions to the new release.   Several minor features have also been added to the update.

Site administrators will now have the ability to customize the URL where their store pages will be rendered, adding the SEO impact of the plugin.   The default /store-page/store-name web address can now be modified to better fit the site.  For example a list of doctor offices can now read /doctor/location-name .

Store Pages also includes a new page template engine that offers live dynamic data elements.   Store Pages now read the store location database in real-time.  This is a departure from prior releases where a page would need to be re-created every time location data was updated.  The same template editor feature also allows the site administrator to change the layout of the generated page to suite their tastes.   A completely free-form HTML syntax with data placeholders, in the form of WordPress standard shortcodes, allows the site administrator to build the page exactly as they want to see it including embedding maps, directions, images or other site specific data.

You can learn what is new via the SLP 3.9 Release Notes page.

About Store Pages

Store Pages is a premium add-on for the free Store Locator Plus location management system.  The Store Pages add-on creates independent pages the WordPress site that contain a complete description of the store location.   The add-on package provides for a convenient way to build a detailed store directory while improving the site search engine presence, commonly referred to as Search Engine Optimization (SEO).   Interest in the relatively new Store Pages add-on has made it the second-most popular add-on pack for Store Locator Plus, second only to enterprise-class Pro Pack.

About Store Locator Plus

Store Locator Plus is an advanced system for managing multiple physical locations via a fully integrated WordPress solution. You can add details such as a store description, hours, a website address, an email address, and tags for each location and then display those locations easily on any page using a shortcode. The location search form and Google Map will automatically be displayed.

Advanced customization is available via the settings interface in the admin panel. The map can be customized via the admin panel to fit better on your site by allowing for different sizes, map types (terrain, satellite, standard views), and default location settings. The search form can be customized to show or hide a country pulldown, a city and state pulldown, and tag search fields.  can also re-label every entry field and can opt to enable pop-up email forms to help reduce spam.

For additional information, contact:  Lance Cleveland at /mindset/contact-us/.

About Charleston Software Associates

Charleston Software Associates (CSA) is a software publishing and consulting firm that specializes in WordPress plugins.  Charleston Software Associates was founded in 2004 as an independent software consulting firm specializing in custom application design.   The consulting division was acquired by now-defunct Cyber Sprocket Labs in 2005.    CSA was re-energized in August 2012 with the acquisition of key software products.   The flagship product is a top-rated WordPress plugin that brings a low-cost yet full-featured location management system to businesses large and small.   Research & development continues on additional business-centric products built on the WordPress content platform.    Charleston Software Associates is located in the Charleston South Carolina Metro area operating from a home office in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.

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Store Locator Plus 3.9

For Immediate Release
Contact: Lance Cleveland
Email: www.charlestonsw.com/mindset/contact-us/

Store Locator Plus v3.9 Released

Charleston SC, February 21st 2013 –  Charleston Software Associates leading product, Store Locator Plus, version 3.9 RC2 Beta passed basic testing today with no bug reports from the Beta Testing Community.   The production version of Store Locator Plus 3.9 was released to the public via the WordPress Plugin Directory at 12:15 EST today.    You can update your existing Store Locator Plus install by using the WordPress admin panel on your site and checking for updates.

The primary focus on this release was extracting all remnants of the Store Pages add-on pack and isolating them in a separate plugin.  This makes the base plugin faster and lighter for those not using Store Pages.   A half-dozen bug fixes were addressed in this release as well as improved compatibility with WordPress Multisite (WPMU) installations.

You can learn what is new via the SLP 3.9 Release Notes page.

About Store Locator Plus

Store Locator Plus is an advanced system for managing multiple physical locations via a fully integrated WordPress solution. You can add details such as a store description, hours, a website address, an email address, and tags for each location and then display those locations easily on any page using a shortcode. The location search form and Google Map will automatically be displayed.

Advanced customization is available via the settings interface in the admin panel. The map can be customized via the admin panel to fit better on your site by allowing for different sizes, map types (terrain, satellite, standard views), and default location settings. The search form can be customized to show or hide a country pulldown, a city and state pulldown, and tag search fields.  can also re-label every entry field and can opt to enable pop-up email forms to help reduce spam.

For additional information, contact:  Lance Cleveland at /mindset/contact-us/.

About Charleston Software Associates

Charleston Software Associates (CSA) is a software publishing and consulting firm that specializes in WordPress plugins.  Charleston Software Associates was founded in 2004 as an independent software consulting firm specializing in custom application design.   The consulting division was acquired by now-defunct Cyber Sprocket Labs in 2005.    CSA was re-energized in August 2012 with the acquisition of key software products.   The flagship product is a top-rated WordPress plugin that brings a low-cost yet full-featured location management system to businesses large and small.   Research & development continues on additional business-centric products built on the WordPress content platform.    Charleston Software Associates is located in the Charleston South Carolina Metro area operating from a home office in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.

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