You may have noticed that the admin interface for Store Locator Plus has been changing during the past few releases.
Last month My Store Locator Plus users noticed that the Advanced Settings menu has been renamed “Store Locator Plus”. This has been done as we work toward improving and consolidating our documentation as well as functionality between the WordPress plugin and the fully managed locator service.
This month our Store Locator Plus users , whether using the WordPress plugins or MySLP service will notice that the add and edit locations page looks a bit different. This is part of today’s 4.9.14 update for WordPress and 18.04 update for MySLP.
While these new interfaces are cool and certainly make the web easier to use they come at a cost. It requires that all of the little mini-applets that you are loading on a page to show to your users play nicely together. Every single interactive component like that Google Ads sidebar, the Recaptcha validation and maps are all separate programs that are playing in the same “pool”. The problem with this is that it is very easy for any one of those components to “go haywire” and spoil the fun for everyone else.
Use your web browser developer tools. All modern browsers have this functionality and it can give you some clues as to what is really going on. If you see errors in the console you will want to clean this up and see if it resolves the issues with the locator.
Go to Safari | Preferences | Advanced and click “Show Develop menu in menu bar”.
Older versions of Firefox have the web developer tools enabled by default. If you do not see the Web Developer menu option check under the Settings menu a this may be disabled by default in future releases.
Go to Tools | Web Developer | Web Console
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A bug was patched in Experience 4.9.1 that was triggered when using the [slplus] shortcode with any extra attributes. For example [slplus center_map_at=”My Town”] would trigger the issue as would [slplus only_with_category=”Retail”].
Prior to 4.9.1 using any attribute in the slplus shortcode would turn OFF the following settings regardless of how they are set in the main Store Locator Plus settings tab:
Experience 4.9.1 will work with older versions of the Store Locator Plus base plugin, however we recommend you upgrade SLP, Experience, Power, and Premier to the latest 4.9.1 release to address other issues that have been patched in the past 2 weeks.
We are still working on known issues with categories and tags and hope to have a 4.9.2 series of patches out next week.