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SLP version updates 4.5, Add-0n version updates and Premier subscription updates

The Store Locator Plus developer and team have been busy in the past months updating the base plugin and add-ons  to version 4.5 or higher. These include updates to add-on packs, Experience, ProPack, Premier, Power (in pre-release), and some of the more popular  third party add-ons  (User Managed Locations, Extended Data Manager, Event Location Manager, Social Media Extender, Gravity Forms Locations and Integration) to work with SLP 4.5 and WordPress v 4.5 or  higher.  If an add-on has not been updated to 4.5, that indicates it is either considered a legacy pack and/or included in a new Add-on.

As mentioned in the developers previous blog, WP 4.5  updated jquery which revealed many errors with themes and plugins that were not using latest versions or blocked/forced  jquery versions.   SLP uses the recommended jquery version 1.12 or higher.

User Managed Locations  4.5.03 by DeBaat

New feature: an Edit icon will appear in the [[slp]] results list on the front-end for only those locations the logged on user has access to. Clicking the Edit icon will lead to the manage page on the admin section so you would only need to allow the user access to that page.  By adding the text “[slp_location uml_buttons]” to the results layout, (changes to layout is available as part of the Experience add-on)  you can control the location where the Edit icon appears.

On a separate note, when Store Locator Plus released v 4.5.01 , a new set of issues were introduced  on the sites using the  Network Active Multisite  for WP.    Store Locator Plus version 4.5.05 fixed those issues as  noted in the release notes and the video.  This revealed  how many sites were using the SLP add-ons  but not purchasing for each site they were running for their customers.  This was contrary to the rules of business licensing that had been requested from the start.  Therefore, an active Premier Subscription is requested for any sites running network-activated Store Locator Plus with paid add ons.  For further information see the below videos.

VERSIONS AND RELEASE NOTES

SLP 4.5.03 combined with updates to Pro Pack, Power , and Experience add – ons resolve some issues with incomplete translation files (.po and .mo) files causing settings to not be found.

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2016 Store Locator Plus Add Ons

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A lot of things are underway for 2016 that will provide a vastly improved experience for our users and your customers.   Changes will be made to the add-on pack offerings that will simplify the product selection process and eliminate some confusion as to what to buy and what packs complement each other to obtain the best results.  Additionally, negotiations are underway with one of the most-talented WordPress and SaaS development teams in the world to bring a new and improved “Software As A Service” version of Store Locator Plus online.   We will also be expanding our support and technical team in-house at Charleston Software Associates.

Add On Packs

There will be a number of changes designed to simplify the add-on selection process, create a better and stable plug-in environment, reduce redundancy, and simplify our product cycle allowing us to focus on product improvements versus overhead and maintenance.

Legacy Add Ons

Starting in early 2016 , the legacy add-on packs will enter the first transition phase.  The plugins that are selected will only receive bug fixes and security patches going forward.   All of the Charleston Software Associates (Store Locator Plus author) products will be classified as legacy products over the next few months, For example:

  • Contact Extender
  • Directory Builder
  • Enhanced Map
  • Enhanced Results
  • Enhanced Search
  • Pages
  • Pro Pack
  • Tagalong
  • Widget Pack

Customers that have purchased these products will still have access to the downloads and will receive updates whenever a new security patch or bug fix is released.

New Add Ons

When the legacy products enter this transition phase, they will no longer be available as a separate stand alone purchase by new customers.    In their place we will have three core add-on packs in addition to a group of “ala-carte” third party add-on packs available for purchase.    We will be simplifying the add-on pack selection by offering just 3 options, Power Users, Enhanced Experience, and Premier.

Users of the legacy products can opt to retain their prior add-on packs and operate as normal.  However, users that wish to take advantage of the new add-ons, simplifying the installation process will need to purchase them as a new product package.   Once the packages are installed the legacy products can be removed. More details will be available and reminders sent as that date approaches.

Power Users

The forthcoming “Power” package add-on will include all of the features and functionality of the current Pro Pack, Tagalong, Pages, and Contact Extender add-on packs.  The focus of this add-on is the administrative side of location management as well as various features that tend to be utilized by the power user.  As part of this new offering the Pro Pack user-interface-related “Experience / View” setting, which determines the overall layout structure of the Store Locator Plus interface (map on left, right, below search form, etc.) will be moved into the forthcoming Experience add-on.

The Power add-on will be selling for $250 per-site one-time fee.

Experience

The Experience add-on, being released in early 2016, will include all the features of the user-interface-centric features of the various Store Locator Plus legacy add ons.   This new add-on will include the features of Enhanced Map, Enhanced Results, Enhanced Search, and the Widget Pack.   It will also inherit the Experience / View setting from the Pro Pack.    This add-on will also make it far easier to deploy the built-in plugin styles as you will only require one plugin-in to achieve most of the visual updates.

The Experience add-on will be selling for $250 per-site one-time fee.

Premier

Technically now a “new” plugin but one that will carry over from the legacy model to the new model, the Premier add-on will continue to be the flagship plugin where new “never been done before” features are added.    While the Power and Experience add-ons will occasionally see a new feature added, anything that is completely new and introduces more complex features to the product will appear in the Premier add-on.   The Premier add-on is only available to users with a Premier subscription.

Speaking of the Premier Subscription, users with an active subscription will get the new Power and Experience add-ons as soon as they are available and will have access to the prerelease versions of both products.   There are not changes anticipated for the Premier Subscription in 2016.   An exclusive first-response Premier Forum, access to our real-time Slack channels, and access to all plugins and themes crafted by Charleston Software Associates remains in the plan.

The Premier Subscription will retain the current $250 sign-up + $30/month pricing.

Third Party Add Ons

Due to our compensation agreements with third party authors, the third party plugins will remain online in their standard ala-carte form.   These plugins will have a new forum where all 3rd party plugin questions will be answered and supported by both the original author and, as needed, Charleston Software Associates.  The following plugins will remain as ala-carte options:

  • Extended Data Manager
  • Event Location Manager
  • Social Media Extender
  • Gravity Forms Integration
  • Gravity Forms Locations
  • MultiMap

Most third-party add-ons are priced at a $50 one-time fee.

End Of Life Offerings

The following offerings will be going away in 2016.

All Icon Packs will be replaced with a more efficient loading process to be introduced in 2016 and added to the Premier plugin.

The Experience Package is going away.  This will be replaced with the Experience plugin.

The Kitchen Sink Package is going, going, gone as a separate purchase.  Users wishing to get all of the nifty features and more should subscribe to the Premier Subscription as a one-year subscription. It is less than the price of the Kitchen Sink package and provides more benefits.

 

The SaaS Project

Work will begin in earnest on a subscription-based Store Locator Plus service.    This should not be confused with the Premier Subscription.  Purchases and subscribers  of the Premier Subscription will not be automatically enrolled in the SaaS system .   The SaaS (Software As A Service) product will allow companies to sign up via a new website and use a simplified interface for managing their locations and tweaking their user interface.    When everything is ready the user will be given a short JavaScript snippet or iFrame code to place on ANY site, not just WordPress sites.

This new service will look-and-feel much like the Store Locator Plus WordPress plugin with some big visual improvements.   However, users of this system will no longer need to worry about updates to ensure they have the latest version, backing up their locations, moving their installs from a staging to live site, or other management tasks related to maintaining their locator plugin.

Pricing is yet to be determined.   Initial models include a free tier for a handful of locations and $30/month for most sites.

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More Plugin Updates for Locator Plus

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More Store Locator Plus add-on packs were updated this weekend.    All of the third party add-on packs have bee updated to be fully compatible with Store Locator Plus 4.3, released last week, and WordPress 4.3 which was released on the same day.    The updates will bring all features and functionality up-to-date for the latest changes to WordPress and Store Locator Plus.

The plugins that were updated today include:

Store Locator Plus 4.3.01

An update to Store Locator Plus that addresses several reported bugs in SLP 4.3 is available in prerelease.   4.3.01 is expected to be a production version in the next 48-72 hours.

This release will fix the “admin white screen” on some installs using specific versions of PHP that are unable to do “look forward” class recognition in include files.    It also fixes an issue with certain PHP environments that have strict double-colon constant definitions where users are mixing 4.2 version add-on packs with version 4.3 of the base plugin.

Premier 4.3.01

Premier Plugin version 4.3.01 is also coming out next week along with the SLP 4.3.01 patch.    The latest iteration of the Premier plugin adds the ability to turn the “Streetview Man” on-and-off on the map interface.   This feature requires SLP version 4.3.01.

Change Log

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Store Locator Plus 4.3 Release Schedule

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Store Locator Plus 4.3 is expected to be released into production during the week of August 17th along with 4.3 versions of all add-on packs.

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4.3 RC Status Aug 6 AM

Store Locator Plus is now in Release Candidate status.  You can download the prerelease near-production-ready version from the StoreLocatorPlus.com website.   The prerelease version is available at no cost from the store.  If you’ve already added the prerelease version to your account you can login and download; no need to re-purchase.

Most add-on packs are now in RC status as well.   If you have purchased the production version of an add-on pack you can download the prerelease version by logging in to you StoreLocatorPlus.com account.

The more people that can test version 4.3 of the Store Locator Plus plugin and add-on packs the faster it can be released to production.    Prerelease, including RC versions, of the plugin should not be used on a production system without first testing your environment on a staging (testing) copy of your site.  Companies like WP Engine make creating staging copies of your live site very easy.  If you do not employ staging sites as part of your website management strategy you really should consider switching to a hosting company that supports easy site cloning for testing purposes.

 

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Social Media Extender Version 4.2.02 With Ello Support

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The Social Media Extender add-on pack for Store Locator Plus version 4.2.02 has been released to production today.    Version 4.2.02 has been changed to work with the new Store Locator Plus 4.2 add-on framework.   This simplifies the plugin structure making it smaller, lighter, and faster and creates a consistent interface with the other add-on packs.

Social Media Extender adds social media links to Store Locator Plus locations.   The list of media sites supported can be easily customized.  Extend the list of social media sites to support legacy social media such as FaceBook or add new social media like Ello.

Social Media Management
Managing Social Media sites with Social Media Extender 4.2
Social Media Extender Results with Icon Array Enabled
Social Media Extender Results with Icon Array Enabled

Social Media Extender Details

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User Managed Locations 4.2.01

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The User Managed Locations add-on pack for Store Locator Plus version 4.2.01 has been released to production today.    Version 4.2.01 has been changed to work with the new Store Locator Plus 4.2 add-on framework.   This simplifies the plugin structure making it smaller, lighter, and faster and creates a consistent interface with the other add-on packs.

User Managed Locations allows you to grant users the ability to manage their own store locations via the Store Locator Plus interface in WordPress without providing them access to locations not assigned to them.

UML 4.2.02 Update
The User Managed Locations user management interface.

User Managed Locations Details

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WordPress Self-Managed Locations Add-On Updated

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The User Managed Locations add-on pack for Store Locator Plus has been updated to version 4.1.008.

The update fixes an incorrect “update available” message that would appear even after users had upgraded to the latest UML release.

User Managed Locations - WordPress User Without Locations
User Managed Locations – WordPress User Without Locations. Disallowed prevents the user from managing locations.

What is UML?

The site administrator can allow or disallow the ability to manage locations on a user-by-user basis.  If allowed the user will see a Store Locator Plus / Locations menu in the sidebar of their WordPress login.    When adding a location it will automatically be assigned to that user.  They have full edit, deletion, and add capabilities for locations they own.

Administrative users on the site have full capabilities for all locations as well as the entire Store Locator Plus administrative interface.   Administrative users can also edit any location and set the store user field to any registered username on the system.    Administrative users can change a store from being managed from one user to another, remove user-management capabilities, or assign a manager to any location.

If you use another plugin to manage your site roles and capabilities, two new capabilities are integrated into the Store Locator Plus base plugin and the Pro Pack to assist the User Managed Locations add-on pack.    These roles are manage_slp_user and manage_slp_admin and are wrapped around various menu items to restrict access to standard users and not administrative users.

This plugin is supported and maintained by DeBaat.

Release Details

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User Managed Locations Improved, Store Locator Updated

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Store Locator Plus was updated today.  This update includes CSS updates to the admin interface as well as a minor HTML and JavaScript update to the Manage Locations filter menu.   The new release takes advantage of Sass to start providing more consistency in styling of the admin interface much as has been underway in the user-facing interfaces over the past few releases.

User Managed Locations has been updated with several new features including the ability to filter the manage locations list based on the users assigned to the locations as well as the ability to immediately publish new locations (requires Pro Pack).

Release Details

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Store Locator Plus .17 / User Managed Locations .007 Prerelease

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Premier Members can get the latest prerelease iteration of Store Locator Plus and User Managed Locations from the downloads page.

This will be a quick turnaround as testing is expected to pass with no issues in the next couple of hours. Store Locator Plus has some basic CSS updates to the admin interface as well as a minor HTML and JavaScript update to the Manage Locations filter menu.

User Managed Locations has been updated with several new features including the ability to filter the manage locations list based on the users assigned to the locations as well as the ability to immediately publish new locations (requires Pro Pack).

Prerelease Details

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User Managed Locations 4.1.06

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User Managed Locations version 4.1.06 was released today.

This add-on pack, developed by DeBaat, allows the locations within Store Locator Plus to be assigned to a specific user ID on your site.   Those users will be able to add, update, and delete locations that they own.

This patch adds the ability to assign or remove the user ID via the bulk actions processor.  Check off a dozen locations and assign a user ID in bulk with a few quick entries.

Thanks DeBaat for the great add-on pack and for adding new user-requested features!

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Assign Users To Locations In Bulk
Assign Users To Locations In Bulk
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WordPress Store Locator System – SLP 4.1.09

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A quick patch of Store Locator Plus, version 4.1.09, was released to fix a problem with activating the 4.1.0X updates that was generating a warning/error during the activation process.   This patch also attempts to disable Super Extendo as it should no longer be running on any sites using SLP 4.1.X.

4.1.09

  • Enhancement: Tagalong icon array on Beside The Point 2012 has been adjusted to appear on its own line.
  • Update: Setup Bellard-RT as an Advanced Theme.
  • Fix: Activation error $this when not in array context.

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User Managed Locations 4.1.05 Patch

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The User Managed Locations add-on pack for Store Locator Plus was updated to version 4.1.05 today.

This patch release fixes a problem with the data engine interface and ensures the add-on pack plays nice with the other Store Locator Plus add-ons.

4.1.05

  • Fix: Add-on was stopping other add-on pack data queries “in their tracks” causing incomplete results.  This has been patched.

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Locations Missing? Fixing Bugs Uncovers More Bugs

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If you are running Store Locator Plus 4.1.06, 07, or 08 and suddenly find your locations have gone missing in the admin interface or user interface… there are patches coming soon.    You should ONLY see that problem if you are using Store Pages, Tagalong, or User Managed Locations.    You may see that issue if you have or had Super Extendo (now defunct) installed in conjunction with Enhanced Results.

The bug fix is coming in the noted add-on packs, not the main plugin.

The problem is appearing in the latest releases of Store Locator Plus because of a bug that was fixed in version 4.1.06 of the base plugin.    That bug has been latent for the past 6 months. The newer, more sophisticated, features of the add-on packs started exercising the shared code of the base plugin where the bug was discovered and patched.  Unfortunately other add-on packs, those listed above, had been coded to react to the bug instead of coded to the design specification.  Fixing the bug in the base plugin made the add-on packs that coded around the bug fail as the base plugin was no longer processing the way they had expected.

Each of the add-on packs listed is undergoing final testing to fix the data queries bug along with some other patches that were made for each of the add-on packs.   You should start seeing new versions of the add-on packs in the next few days.

Please be sure to upgrade your add-on packs AND the base Store Locator Plus plugin.        Store Locator Plus should be version 4.1.08 or higher.    You can check the current version list.

Premier Subscribers

Premier Subscribers have access to special posts and pre-release, release-candidate, and final-release products.   If you are a Premier Subscriber, login to your account and look for the latest blog posts to get your copies of the current release candidates for the above plugins.

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Janitor 4.1.01 – WordPress Plugin Cleanup

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Janitor version 4.1.01 for Store Locator Plus has been released today.

The Janitor add-on pack helps clean up Store Locator Plus installs including removing locations, resetting extended data, and resetting all or select options.  It is a great tool for helping reset your Store Locator Plus environment when moving from a staging to production server or to start with a clean slate after trying the advanced settings in the product.

4.1.01

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User Manage Locations  in Janitor 4.1.01
User Manage Locations in Janitor 4.1.01
Location Reset in Janitor
Location Reset in Janitor
Description and Extended Data Reset in Janitor
Description and Extended Data Reset in Janitor

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New Add On Pack! User Managed Locations 4.1

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User Managed Locations, a new add on pack produced by DeBaat, is being launched today.

The User Managed Locations add-on pack gives WordPress site administrators the ability to grant location management capabilities to any user on the WordPress site.   Users with location management allowed on their account can add, edit, and delete locations for the Store Locator Plus system from within their account.    This is the initial release produced by DeBaat.   Feedback is welcome and encouraged.  Please provide suggestions, ask questions, or provide constructive criticism via the Store Locator Plus forums.

From the product write-up:

The site administrator can allow or disallow the ability to manage locations on a user-by-user basis.  If allowed the user will see a Store Locator Plus / Locations menu in the sidebar of their WordPress login.    When adding a location it will automatically be assigned to that user.  They have full edit, deletion, and add capabilities for locations they own.

Administrative users on the site have full capabilities for all locations as well as the entire Store Locator Plus administrative interface.   Administrative users can also edit any location and set the store user field to any registered username on the system.    Administrative users can change a store from being managed from one user to another, remove user-management capabilities, or assign a manager to any location.

If you use another plugin to manage your site roles and capabilities, two new capabilities are integrated into the Store Locator Plus base plugin and the Pro Pack to assist the User Managed Locations add-on pack.    These roles are manage_slp_user and manage_slp_admin and are wrapped around various menu items to restrict access to standard users and not administrative users.

4.1

  • Initial Release

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Admin Management of SLP Users
Admin Management of SLP Users to allow/disallow location management roles.
Extended Data Fields including UML Store User field.
Extended Data Fields including UML Store User field.
User WordPress Dashboard - No location management.
User WordPress Dashboard – No location management. The user has not been granted Store Locator Plus manage locations permissions.
User Managed Locations - WordPress User Without Locations
User Managed Locations – WordPress User Without Locations. Disallowed prevents the user from managing locations.
User Dashboard - WordPress User With Manage Locations
User Dashboard – WordPress User With Manage Locations as granted by the User Managed Locations site administrator.

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