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.
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 Store Locator Plus developer and team have been busy in the past months updating the base plugin and add-ons to version 4.5 or higher. These include updates to add-on packs, Experience, ProPack, Premier, Power (in pre-release), and some of the more popular third party add-ons (User Managed Locations, Extended Data Manager, Event Location Manager, Social Media Extender, Gravity Forms Locations and Integration) to work with SLP 4.5 and WordPress v 4.5 or higher. If an add-on has not been updated to 4.5, that indicates it is either considered a legacy pack and/or included in a new Add-on.
As mentioned in the developers previous blog, WP 4.5 updated jquery which revealed many errors with themes and plugins that were not using latest versions or blocked/forced jquery versions. SLP uses the recommended jquery version 1.12 or higher.
New feature: an Edit icon will appear in the [[slp]] results list on the front-end for only those locations the logged on user has access to. Clicking the Edit icon will lead to the manage page on the admin section so you would only need to allow the user access to that page. By adding the text “[slp_location uml_buttons]” to the results layout, (changes to layout is available as part of the Experience add-on) you can control the location where the Edit icon appears.
On a separate note, when Store Locator Plus released v 4.5.01 , a new set of issues were introduced on the sites using the Network Active Multisite for WP. Store Locator Plus version 4.5.05 fixed those issues as noted in the release notes and the video. This revealed how many sites were using the SLP add-ons but not purchasing for each site they were running for their customers. This was contrary to the rules of business licensing that had been requested from the start. Therefore, an active Premier Subscription is requested for any sites running network-activated Store Locator Plus with paid add ons. For further information see the below videos.