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File Type Is Not Permitted – WordPress 4.9.9 and 5.0.1

Recently updated to WordPress 4.9.9 or 5.0.1 and your CSV file imports for Store Locator Plus® stopped working? You can thank yet another “WordPress security feature” — also known as “backwards compatibility break”.  This “update” came with absolutely no warning to plugin developers.

WordPress 4.9.9 and 5.0.1 break Store Locator Plus® Imports and thousands of other plugins.

This does not affect our MySLP SaaS users thanks to our fully managed software stack, so they can rest easy and continue to import locations.

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Protecting Your Google API Keys

For those of you in the self-service Store Locator Plus® WordPress plugins camp you are going to want to protect your Google API Keys.    For those using our MySLP SaaS service, this is yet another article you can skip.

The basic configuration of Google API Keys tells you to turn off ALL restrictions on the first API key you setup with Google.    Turns out a lot of people have issues with configuring the keys properly and getting them put in the right place. 

To make matters more complicated, some lower-end web hosting companies don’t understand security and in turn shut off critical web services that do nothing to improve security; Like disabling all communication between the web server and Google.  That breaks things like the ability to Geocode locations in Store Locator Plus®.

This article is here to tell our WordPress plugin users how to properly secure their Google API keys for web hosts are configured properly.

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Secure Geocoding Comes To WordPress

The Store Locator Plus® WordPress plugin gets an upgrade to the geocoding process that the MySLP SaaS service users have been enjoying for the past month.    With the release of 5.0 version of the Store Locator Plus® plugin for WordPress, all geocoding requests including those coming from the JavaScript embedded map are now routed through the web server to Google.

Security Through Anonymity

Prior to Store Locator Plus® 5, every time a user visited your map page and typed in an address to be searched — typically the zip code for their town or their home address, this request was sent directly to Google.    That means Google now has all kinds of great information they are going to store about your site visitors.  They know that the user visited your site, when they visited, that they were looking at your location map, and the address where they were looking for your shop.