Store Locator Plus version 4.6.4 fixed the zoom settings, the plug-in tabs “save changes” and the back-end UI.
The change in the back end user interface will not be noticeable to most users. The naming of sections and tabs and settings now will use programmatic slugs instead of the plain text names. This allows the settings translations in different languages to remain intact even if language files have not been updated. This means future updates to Store Locator Plus, Power, Experience, and Premier add-ons will no longer lose their settings tabs. Another behind the scenes development is populating the plug-in and add-ons with “smart options” settings. To learn more please watch the developer’s brief You Tube.
A new series of add-on packs, developed by DeBaat, connects your custom Gravity Forms with Store Locator Plus locations. The new add-on pack comes in a free and premium “flavor” with the premium addition adding support for extended Store Locator Plus data fields. The free version allows for the basic name and address fields to be mapped to Gravity Form fields.
The new add-on packs make it easy to create a front-end location submission form for your website that adds new locations to the Store Locator Plus maps. Settings in Gravity Forms Integration, the premium offering, provides a mechanism to allow and administrator to determine which locations appear on a map by disabling the automatic geocoding option.
Gravity Forms Locations is a free add-on available from the Store Locator Plus website as well as the WordPress plugin directory. It provides basic mapping of the base locator name and address fields.
Gravity Forms Integration is a premium add-on available only from the Store Locator Plus website. It extends the features of the free add-on including the ability to map any of the extended data fields available in the locations database of Store Locator Plus to a Gravity Forms field.
Create A Form
The first step is to create a form in Gravity Forms. You can find instructions on doing this on the Gravity Forms website.
Map Your Fields
Once you have the form created you can use the GFL Mapping menu item under Gravity Forms or click on the slp_gfl_mapping link under the Gravity Forms tab in Store Locator Plus to get to the mapping entries. You will want to create a new mapping entry for each Gravity Form you want to use to auto-create to Store Locator Plus locations.
On the field mapping you select the Gravity Forms field name a drop down list to attach it to the listed Store Locator Plus fields on the left side of the mapping form.
Listing Locations Automatically
If you have the premium Gravity Forms Integration add-on you can opt to not have locations automatically show up in your Store Locator Plus location listings by having them NOT geocode when entered. You can use the Pro Pack to geocode locations en-masse or edit them on-at-a-time from the Store Locator Plus location editor to get locations to geocode and have them appear on the listing.
Event Location Manager, another great add-on created by DeBaat, provides a new interface in the WordPress admin panel for creating time-based events. The event manager provides an interface to set the event name, start and end dates, an event category and status, a web link for the event, a description, and an event-specific icon complete with a set of new Event Location Manager icons.
The Event Location Manager settings provide an easy mechanism for adding event search capabilities to the locator map interface. Visitors to your site can search for events by name, select them from a drop down list of active events, filter by category or status.
Event categories and status codes are managed as a separate Event Location Manager specific taxonomies within WordPress, giving you standard category management and controls.
Premier members can download the new add-on as part of their standard subscription. All other Store Locator Plus customers can purchase Event Location Manager as a true WordPress add-on, no deactivation or uninstall of existing plugins is required, to add date-and-time based events to their locator feature set.
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The Directory Builder add-on pack for Store Locator Plus improves upon search engine optimization (SEO) by allowing site administrators to turn off the nonce system when building the directory hyperlinks. While this allows for other sites to scrape data it also provides the ability for search engine robots to better index the site. The new setting allows sites that prefer security and privacy of their location data to leave the default nonce setting enabled while giving the option for sites looking for better SEO to turn off nonces.
What is a nonce? It is unique number that is appended to hyperlinks every time someone visits a page or submits a form. It is a built-in WordPress security option that helps verify form posts and hyperlinks are generated from within a site. These “numbers used once” (nonce) provide mechanisms to prevent site spoofing and scraping.
The SLP 4.2.21 release addressed a bug that was not allowing site administrators to set a radius with decimal entries such as 0.5 miles. In today’s hyper-local web and mobile applications these short-range distances are being utilized more frequently. Prior to the Store Locator Plus 4.2.21 patch the decimal point was dropped, turning 0.5 miles into 5 miles.
Version 4.2.21 fixed that issue but caused a new problem in Enhanced Search as a behind-the-scenes formatting string was changed from %d to %f.
Enhanced Search version 4.2.05 was put into production earlier today to resolve the issue.
Store Locator Plus 4.2.21 has been released in preparation for the launch of the forthcoming Gravity Forms integration plugins from DeBaat. The changes include minor modifications to the way the locations table is loaded in the admin pages. This change may improve stability for select installations of Store Locator Plus when other plugins manipulate the built-in WordPress List Tables classes.
Watch for announcements of the new Gravity Forms add-on packs for Store Locator Plus. A free edition and extended premium edition will be available by year-end. The add-on packs will allow you to build forms using Gravity Forms that will provide a mechanism for users to add locations to the Store Locator Plus database.
Of note is a change that fixes a bug that prevented radius selections with a decimal, such as 0.5 miles, from executing properly. This fix does cause an issue with Enhanced Search. Users of Enhanced Search should upgrade to version 4.2.05, available now.
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