As a result of these changes the Enhanced Search Legacy add-onwill no longer be supported and will not work with SLP v. 4.7.4
Pro Pack MUST be updated to 4.6.5
Experience add-on Must be updated to v 4.7.4
With the upgrade of SLP, the Pro Pack legacy add-on will be deactivated. Follow the How to install / update add-on instructions. Download add-on from your account. Delete the old version from the WP Plugin admin panel. Install and activate the newest version.
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
Power Add-on Users reported some glitches with version 4.5.12 imports. The duplicate handling updates has been fixed. Note: In order for the Duplicate Handling Update location to function, either the sl_id or the Contacts field Identifier MUST be present and match what is stored in the location data field. To see the sl_id number you can hover over to the left of the location name under manage locations. Exporting the locations file to a csv file will also show the sl_id. This id is assigned automatically when a user adds a location in SLP for the first time and is not the one you assign as an identifier with contact extender. The specific contact identifier field can be used instead of the sl_id and takes precedence.
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”.
If you have the Experience add-on and had not already updated to 4.4.06 or 4.4.07 prior to SLP 4.4.27, you must do so FIRST
Highlights and Updates:
There were settings in the distance parameters that effected the radius results used for ranking settings and effected the radius behavior settings that is used for pagination (a Premier feature) as well as Additional results features in Experience add-on. The DOM structure for the info bubble has changed. As a result , the div# rule for the sl_ info bubble needs to be “non- generic”. The new div# rule needs to have the slp_id. This may require some updating and additional changes to fix some of the SLP plug-in styles. New plug-in styles have been added and older SLP plugin styles have been updated. As the SLP development team moves closer to the SaaS goal the intent is to simplify the amount of maintenance that is inherent when updating multiple add-ons and legacy SLP coding that is less efficient, less than optimum performance, and time consuming. Sites that have not been updated for years may have issues when “jumping” versions or not updating the add-ons to maintain compatibility with WP and base Plugins.
Always be sure to Check SLP and Add-on versions if you see issues on your site.
Janitor is a free add-on exclusively for use with the SLP base plugin and add-ons. The Janitor user interface has been retooled to work with the new Expereince and Power add-ons and to patch some bugs that prevented the resets for options_nojs. Janitor provides tools to reset, delete, and manage UI settings. It also provides a tool for deleting location data, cleaning up extended data and Store Pages. A bug was reported by a forum user that the reset tool for admin_locations_per_page was not saving. Since it had been set to show 5000 locations per page, the locations admin page would not load, preventing management of the locations. The default is 10 locations per page. Some systems can accommodate 100 locations per page but more will usually break the upload of this page.
GFI is a Third Party Add-on by Debaat that interfaces with the Free Gravity Forms Location add-on within the Store Locator Plus Add-on suite. The GFI updates fixes the create pages integration and has been retooled to work with the SLP 4.4.xx version layout. Questions for DeBaat can be posted in the Third Party Add-ons Forum
Changes ProPack User Interface for faster processing and compatibility with the new Store Locator Plus layout
Fixes the import function of latitude/longitude fields in the locations manager.
Updates the Location Sensor (GPS)
Check your SLP and add-on versions to ensure you are using the latest updates. The add-on updater system does not always notify you via the WP plugin directory if there are newer versions of the add-ons.
Questions for support can be posted in the forums. Please provide a complete picture of your Plugin environment with your site url and refer to the posting guidelines.
The Experience Add-on is the new go to add-on to enhance your users’ experience. In addition to the fixes outlined in the developer’s previous post, the EXP v. 4.4.03 update fixes the “disable scroll wheel” setting.
Tagalong version 4.4 has been released. The major component of the patch was the Tagalong Legend not appearing after upgrading to WP 4.4. This issue was attributable to the WordPress version 4.4. update which changed a function, i.e. wp_list_categories(). The PHP deciphering of $category apparently no longer worked after the WP update. Those of you who had a Tagalong legend working and who never updated to WP 4.4 may not have noticed any changes. The missing Legend box was reported in the forums this month and has been addressed with this release. Thank you to the people who reported this bug and thank you for being patient while the developer investigated.
When posting in the forums, always remember to provide as much detail as possible within the parameters of the text limitations, and always provide us with your Plugin environment information (a screenshot is best). We understand that most developers, designers,site owners, and others are not mucking around with their or their client’s WP site nor our plug-in every day so it may be difficult to ascertain when something “broke”, but if you do have a hint, please share it with us. When we see a pattern or more than one person reporting an issue and who may have a different plug-in environment it helps narrow down the possibilities.
The changes to the extended data system now supports a map marker ‘icon’ display type that is used with the Experience add-on to manage the per-location map markers in a more efficient manner. Minor updates to appearance and a new SLP Twenty Sixteen plugin style to complement the WP Twenty Sixteen theme.
The details and release notes are explained by the Store Locator Plus author, Lance Cleveland. The below videos have been added to the SLP documentation playlist.
Recent updates to Store Locator Plus 4 have fixed a minor bug that effected the way the Pages add-on shortcode was rendering.
Another feature some of the users and/or administrators were inquiring about is the registry to participate in the Freemius survey feature. Yes, this is still the same author, developer and product. Even if you have registered, you can bypass the survey questions, or opt out. We understand some users are testing and deactivating the plugin and then reinstalling or re-activating SLP 4 to a newer version. You can still select the deactivate button at the bottom of the short survey without adding a reason but we sure would appreciate it if you could share any relevant information about how the plug-in is working for you, even if you are just testing. This allows Store Locator Plus developer to be proactive and improve the plug-in as well as get suggestions for new features.
The new Experience Plugin will be the way to go to enhance your Store Locator Plus site. It includes the Enhanced Results, Enhanced Map, Enhanced Search and new and improved Widgets pack. Discounts will be available for those customers who bought an Enhanced plugin in the past 60 days and who want to upgrade to the new bundled Experience 4.4. Simply send an email to support, provide your order number, or purchaser name and request a coupon. Currently, active Premier subscribers are automatically signed up for these faster and improved features included in the Experience bundle.
The new features are explained in the below video. The Experience plugin introduces a new feature that will allow you to specify a map region with a short code map_region= on your locator page that will take precedence over the Map domain. It is an enhancement that should come in handy for international customers. The short code uses the country code TLD.
New Widget feature included with the Experience 4.4 Plugin
Another new feature is in the Widgets portion of the Experience Plug-in which allows a secondary drop-down selector with your location’s cities grouped under the state selector.
These features are ONLY available for the New Experience 4.4 subscriber. Documentation will be updated to reflect the way the Experience plugin appears behind the scenes (the back end). Watch this short video from the author for more information.