It has been a busy week for WordPress and all the updates and patches going around. For those on our MySLP managed service, sit back and relax. You’re good. While you may wait a little longer for some new features and a couple of minor patches you are not going to be affected by software updates. You’re good.
For WordPress users we’ve been busy chasing down some notable functionality issues with Store Locator Plus and the Add Ons for WordPress since WordPress 4.9 and 4.9.1 hit the update queue on your sites.
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).