It is a beautiful fall day in Charleston, SC, but the Store Locator Plus author and Premier developer has been hard at work conjuring up some cool new features for the Tagalong add-on pack with Premier.
Tagalong version 4.3.01
The latest update to Tagalong includes a new feature that enable different styles for category filters on the User Interface. The Single Parent style has been added as a setting under the “Show categories on Search” Tagalong settings.
Premier 4.3.04 release feature for October
Exclusive to Premier subscribers , the ability to combine Parent/child drop down menus on the same search form with multiple combinations of queries available, thus allowing the user to fine tune their search on your site. Example: Looking for a store that sells both apples and oranges but you want to see what types of apples (Macintosh,Fuji,Gala,Red delicious) and/or what types of oranges (Valencia,mandarin,etc), this option is now available when you have Premier and Tagalong installed and activated. You may opt to have the auto-submit function, also included in Premier 4.3.04. Create any parent/child combination using the Tagalong category manager and filters, determine if you want the “one click submit” for the user by choosing the drop-down auto-submit available as a Premier Search feature, save settings, and see the results. For a detailed look at these enhancements please watch the developers 3 minute video. The video and other useful tips and how-to’s are added to the Documentation video playlist for quick reference.
Last but not least, the Base Store Locator Plus plug-in update 4.3.14 fixed a bug within the blank map style, and added a new range of settings for zoom adjustments (now -10 to 19) and zoom level (now zero is once again an option) under the Map functions. This should improve the user experience and allow for a wide range of zoom settings.
This new feature allows additional table structure design features with Word Press themes and Store Locator Plus styling, specifically to allow tables without the HTML wrappers that are built into the SLP base plug-in structure. Further discussion and instructions can be found in the 2 minute tutorial video at Premier 4.3.02 Video
Add Headers in the Results Layout
Ability to add results headers at the top of each column and allows flexibility in your custom design.
Add Drop down styling in the Search Layout
Adds the ability to change the Drop down style found within the Experience/Search panel using applicable “jquery smooth list themes”.
Also New SLP Plugin Style “Skywalk” coming to premier next. See preview in the following video.
Important!For additional details and technical information, please watch the short Tutorial Video on how to use, modify and enhance the users experience using the new features.
Store Locator Plus has published the version 4.3.07 and is available to download
The major change was a patch to fix the reversed order of the location listings. The default setting is back to the norm of “nearest location first” if location sensor is on.
The other major change fixes the settings in the premier 4.3.01 plug-ins only.
There was a glitch discovered during recent testing. Settings that were checked were resetting when a new location was added or a new page was added. For premier members there are settings to enable cluster markers, boundary definitions, google guesses, country guess and other features only available with a Premier subscription. This has been fixed so your settings should now remain as you saved them.
A new option that is available for those of you who have Enhanced Results or Enhanced Map. The Layout panel under the Experience tab is where you may change the default layout structure if you so desire for those SLP members who have the referenced add-on packs installed. There is a new option that allows for https to be added in the layouts instead of the url weblink. Please view the short video for more information.
Word Press 4.3 INFO
The latest version release of WP 4.3 created an issue that effects the way the CRON jobs were recorded in the WP option tables. This will slow down your server. There is information available, contact us via email for a link to that information and/or search the info and news that is published under SLP blog. WP knows about the glitch and expects to have it fixed in a future release. We do not have an ETA for that release date.
Important Video for Technical users, site administrators and forum members
The video contains important information concerning WP bugs, updates, plug-in environment information,CRON, bug fix to the order of the location results (were reversed from closest to farthest) has been updated to fix the glitch as well as premier add-on packs settings.
New features are released on a regular basis for the Premier account subscribers. To ensure you get all the fabulous updates you will need to register your account and maintain an active Premier Subscription with Store Locator Plus. Login at www.StoreLocatorPlus.com and go to “My Account”. Scroll down to the Premier Subscription section and copy your user ID and subscription ID. Go to your website and login as a site administrator. Go to the Store Locator Plus / General / Admin section. Enter your user ID and subscription ID. You will receive inline updates to the Premier Plugin whenever a new version is available. For more information refer to the instructions and watch the quick tutorial video. If you need assistance, contact a support team member via the Premier forum or Premier “ask us” form on the subscription page.
New release will be available to Premier members September 2015
Premier Plug-In Hide Street View: September 2015 Premier Release 4.3.02 with SLP 4.3 version enabled
When the Hide Street View box has been enabled the map will not show the Google “peg man” on the map.
Contact Extender has been updated to take advantage of the Store Locator Plus 4.2 add-on system. This will reduce the memory footprint while increasing stability and performance of the add-on pack. DeBAAT has provided an updated Dutch translation file for the plugin.
Contact Extender 4.2.01 is available for all Premier Members via the downloads page. Production versions of 4.2.01 should be available to the general public later this week.
Store Locator Plus 4.2.01 is entering final testing this week. The latest patch adds more built-in support for add-on packs which will allow for a lighter footprint for any add-on packs using SLP 4.2 base classes. This change should have little impact on users of Store Locator Plus but paves the way for “lighter” and more consistent add-on pack experiences.
Store Locator Plus 4.2 has been fully tested with the latest release of WordPress 4.0 which is currently thought to be the last update to WordPress before 4.0 enters final release in the next few weeks.
Better Add Ons With 4.2
The following add-on packs will be released shortly after Store Locator Plus 4.2 is published and take full advantage of the Store Locator Plus 4.2 add-on system:
A new add-on pack that makes it easy to build directory listings from the locator data. The initial release provides a short code that builds live lists of locator properties such as cities, states, and counties. The list can be linked to any locator page.
Location Extender is another new add-on pack based on the Store Locator Plus 4.2 add-on system. This add-on pack adds a half-dozen new fields to the Store Locator Plus location data. Intro text, year established, county, region, district, and territory are among the new fields that have been added. Output those fields using Store Pages templates or Enhanced Results results layout customization.
Pro Pack has been updated to use the new Store Locator Plus 4.2 add-on system. The changes reduce the memory and disk footprint of the plugin and will provide a more consistent experience. Pro Pack 4.2 has an updated reports interface that eliminates the custom reporting page. This will make it easier to add features and extend the reporting system for Pro Pack in future releases. A new CSV import option that loads CSV files from remote FTP and HTTP sources is expected to be available for the Pro Pack 4.2 release.
Store Locator Plus 4.2.01 and the add-on packs are available to Premier Subscription members in prerelease format on the downloads page. General public releases are expected in the next 10 days or less.
If you do not have a Premier Subscription and are contemplating getting on that program you may want to do so now. Once the new add-on packs are released prices will be going up for Premier Subscription members. Lock in your pricing now and get all future add-on packs, access to prerelease software, and access to the Premier forum for faster support responses. Subscriptions can be cancelled without impacting already-downloaded/already-installed add-on packs.