2016 , bye bye bye… Here’s to you 2017! : We are looking forward to a productive and prosperous year. Last of the year updates for the WordPress Store Locator Plus plug-in as well as updated versions for the featured Power, and Experience add-ons as well as new Premier functionality and features.
Before updating the add-ons, you will be required to update the base Store Locator Plus plugin to 4.7 or higher. Note: If you have bookmarks and/or “auto- form fill” to your WordPress Store Locator Plus account you will need to change the WP-SLP url to the new url .
You can review the WordPress Store Locator Plus change log here.
You will notice a new look in your admin panel of Store Locator Plus in Version 4.6.2 . Featuring a new sidebar on the admin pages for the settings tabs and the locations tab.
Important fixes: SLP version 4.6.2 fixes the “white screen” error on sites running the older version of WordPress 4.4 and/or Multi-site users running WordPress 4.6.
- Show admin help settings in a new sidebar to make it easier to see what each setting does.
- Show location details preview in right sidebar on manage locations page.
- Added links to direct documentation pages for various settings.
- Implement a new slp_get_text_string filter for add-ons to manage text strings.
- Additional hard-coded gettext strings accessible to the text manager.
- Don’t load the SLP overhead on the WordPress admin heartbeat since SLP doesn’t require “heartbeat” processing. Wouldn’t it be nice if all plugins did that?
- Multisite installs – upgrading SLP fixes “not an array” error that would cause white screen on upgrade for sites using WP 4.6+
- Fix stripslashes_from_strings_only() undefined function for sites running old WordPress (you really should update to WordPress 4.4+ for security reasons if nothing else).
- Recalculate initial distance for all locations on global center map at change.
Performance update: Drop adminUI create_InputElement() method. (Note : This may break pre-4.2 Legacy Add Ons, you must upgrade to the Legacy add-on latest version release. 4.3 or higher or downgrade SLP to earlier version)
- Experience will need to be updated to 4.6.2 when updating SLP to 4.6.2
Experience Add-on 4.6.2
<h2>Change Log for SLP Experience Add-on</h2>
Surprise! He did it again…..our world traveler and developer supreme fixed a bug (..truth be told..he probably introduced the !oops! by muddling around with making a good thing great) that was discovered by one of our loyal customers who upgraded to the Power Add-on and shared it with us in the Store Locator Plus Support forum.
We also would like to thank the many new Power users and Premier Members who took advantage of the latest sales campaign to upgrade their Legacy add-ons. Although our summer sales event is alas coming to a close, you die hard Legacy add-on users can still request a coupon to upgrade to the new and improved Power add-on (with faster than ever importing functions, ) Experience Add-on group or our platinum Premier. The coupon value will be determined as shown under the relevant Product Descriptions.
Power Change Log
I hope everyone is enjoying the balmy summer weather. The developer and author of Store Locator Plus has been very busy with updates in preparation for meeting his MYSLP team. I am sure he will have some interesting stories to tell when he gets back. He hasn’t been idle! While pond hopping he managed to revamp and publish Store locator Plus 4.5.10, which we hope provides better information on how to actually get that pesky Google API, browser , server console key or whatever they are calling it these days, into the right location in the SLP General settings. Thanks to a user question, apparently the linked instructions under the SLP INFO tab may not have been as user friendly as hoped.
The Power Add-on and Premier Add-on were not playing nice together when it came to icons and map markers assigned to the Category Manager and settings. Thanks to a recent Premier Subscriber for revealing the mismatching icons issue and for patiently working with SLP while it was resolved
Stay tuned for a future update; I am hoping this will help us all keep our versions straight,( this blogger included who has told people to update to a non-existent version of an add-on, causing mayhem and confusion in her wake) has been requested from numerous loyal customers. Yes, you asked for it , he heard you, and coming to your account dashboard in the not too distant future, being able to view the version add-on that is available to you under your account downloads.
In the meantime, please check your versions under the Support tab on the home page.
Change Log for SLP
Store Locator Plus 4.5.09
SLP was updated to version 4.5.09 to allow for compatibility with those users who have a lower PHP of 5.5 or lower. WordPress recommends PHP 5.6 but we realize not everyone can get their host to upgrade. WP does provide verbiage (click on the link) to send to your provider host if you are interested in helping put the pressure on. When you upgraded the base plug-in to 4.5.09 and if you had a lower version of ProPack installed, you will see a notice that disabled 4.5 version of Pro Pack. You still have access to it and can upload the latest version (4.5.07). All you need to do is log into your account and download the latest version from there as noted in an earlier blog.
Pro Pack, Tagalong, Pages = Power
As many of you have noticed there have been changes that affect some of our most popular add-ons. The latest updates to these add-ons were made for compatibility reasons as Store Locator Plus continues to evolve on its way to become lighter, more efficient and will use less of your overhead. Pro Pack and Tagalong have joined the ranks of LEGACY add-ons and will not be updated further since the functionality and features have been moved or added to the newer Power add-on. Legacy add-ons will continue to work with the SLP version in use at the time the add-on was purchased
Continue reading Store Locator Plus 4.5.09, Premier 4.5.09 and Add-on updates
There are some new Google changes that we anticipated nearly a year ago and is not specific to Store Locator Plus.
Effectively Immediately, all new websites that come online as of June 22, 2016 will require a Google Map API key. This is no longer optional. Store Locator Plus has had the ability to set a Google API key since version 4. Go to the General / Server tab and enter your Google API Server Key.
You can learn more and sign up for a key from the Google Maps documentation site.
Any users running Chrome including those using Android based web browsers will no longer be able to auto-detect their location using the location sensor unless the source site is running https. That means that your website must have a valid SSL certificate. If your site URL does not load when you use https:// as the starting part of your web address the location sensor provided by the Power Add On will not work.
Store Locator Plus base plug-in was updated and published April 1, 2016.
The main change is within the zoom level adjustment for the map as noted in the developers blog this past week.
This update also added a new Documentation button , displayed as a globe in the top right hand corner of the pages in the Admin panel to link to the new Documentation site, and fixed some broken links under the help text. The help ? question mark is transparent until you hover over it to the side of the setting you are reviewing. The New Documentation site is being populated with posts instead of pages, which should make it easier to search by tags, keywords or categories, without getting general blog posts and various other pages /posts in results.
If you have suggestions or need additional information on where to find something , such as “how to” settings, please post in the forums. Forums are free support and is the best place to start. We ask that you provide your Plugin Environment and (just as important) if the question is specific to your site, the direct url that links to your SLP or locator page. This saves us both time and allows the support team to quickly find your page and respond in kind.
The latest release v. 4.4.10 adds a function that was requested by one of our long standing Premier Members. The added feature allows an administrator to add the short code [[slplus disable_initial_directory=”1″]] on a separate page. Utilization of this shortcode provides the ability to “Disable Initial Directory” on a single page via the shortcode and still have the ability to “Show Locations At Startup”.
Store Locator Plus 4.4.36 has an adjustment for zoom controls that addresses a change in the Google Maps API.