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Store Locator Plus 4.5.08 And Related Changes

Store Locator Plus 4.5.08 was released today with several notable updates.

Disabled Add Ons

One of the most prominent “features” users are noticing is that their older add ons are being automatically disabled if they are not compatible with the latest Store Locator Plus release.   Having your add on disabled is preferable, at least for most site admins, than crashing your WordPress site.    So far in ALL cases the disabled add on has a NEWER VERSION available.  Login to your account at StoreLocatorPlus.com to download the latest version of your add on.

You can find the list of versions on the StoreLocatorPlus.com website.

Data I/O Performance

Changes in the extended data manager reduces the data I/O requests through WordPress by at least one, if not a few, data reads for every page load.   For sites with heavy traffic this can be a notable performance improvement on page load times.

Complex Data Query Support

Version 4.5.08 of the location query engine has been updated to allow “stacked” queries.  Stacked queries make it possible to perform complex location inquiries that were not possible with a single data request.  For example “show all locations with no territory assigned that are within X miles of a user  PLUS all locations with a territory that covers the user’s location”.    This change will allow future Store Locator Plus releases and the forthcoming My Store Locator Plus service to perform very creative location searches in real time.