SLP version 4.4 had been undergoing testing and is now in production mode as 4.4.05 for download.
SLP 4.4 is compatible with all of the 4.3 add-ons
Changes were made to the way the query to the Google maps global router server were done. SLP 4.3 versions were using what Google suggested to determine the map queries.
For instance, if you had selected from the Map drop down choices, the map domain”map.google.com Australia” you would expect a search for Melbourne to look in the Australia map for Melbourne, Australia. With the 4.3 version update, the map server was going to the central, or global router to direct to the Google Map servers instead of to the map domain selected in SLP. A video explains what changed and how it is now working
An optional “Freemius” system which is a tool to provide Store Locator Plus feedback as to why you deactivated the base plug-in. This will enable SLP to make improvements and catch issues early on. The benefit to the SLP plug-in users s that they are not required to register in the forum to report SLP as “not working.
For an overview of the SLP 4.4 upgrade please watch the Store Locator Plus short video, with some Pre-release news on the up and coming “Experience bundle” that will be offered as a compatible add-on to the new and improved 4.4 plugins. A faster, lighter, and more efficient experience is on its way!
EM 4.3.01 provides better plugin management upon loading.
Fix: typo in help text on map settings.
Change: More efficient code-loading sequence with Store Locator Plus
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A full-featured location management system for your WordPress site. This plugin will add location search and mapping to your site. Place a shortcode on any page to display the search form, map, and location listings. Premium add-ons extend the feature set in an ala-carte fashion. Select only those add-on packs you need to build on the base plugin.
The Enhanced Map add-on pack provides more control over the map element of the locator user interface. The goal of Enhanced Map is to provide admin settings that make it easier to change the look and feel of the map enabling a custom user experience with minimal effort.
The Enhanced Results add-on pack provides more control over the location results in the locator user interface. The goal of Enhanced Results is to provide admin settings that make it easier to change the look and feel of the map enabling a custom user experience with minimal effort.
Enhanced Search provides more control over the search form on the locator user interface. The goal of Enhanced Search is to provide admin settings that make it easier to change the look and feel of the search form, enabling a custom user experience with minimal effort.
Tagalong adds managed categories to the Store Locator Plus locations. The managed categories allow for custom per-category map markers and icons which can be enabled on the map interface and in the search results for your locations.
Fix: Fix error when tag category info is blank, stopping map search on some sites when Tagalong is active.
Store Locator Plus 4 will be going into production soon. In preparation for this release the upgrade coupons have been made available. Coupons are only available for customers who have purchased Store Locator Plus premium add-on packs with in the past year. The following coupons are now available for the Store Locator Plus 4 add-on packs:
100% off coupon for users that purchased an add-on pack within the past 30 days.
75% off coupon for users that purchased an add-on pack within the past 365 days.
Go to the Store Locator Plus 4 version of your add-on pack.
You will see the coupon codes you are eligible to receive.
You must have an active purchase (not refunded and not a complimentary download) within the time period specified and for the same add-on pack you are trying to upgrade.
The coupons are a rolling window. Thus you will want to use the add-on packs before they expire. The expiration date is based on your original purchase date for the add-on pack.
Store Locator Plus 4 and all of the add-on packs will be going into formal beta release tomorrow. At this point all features in the product are frozen. The next 4 weeks will be spent on fixing bugs and making minor non-functional adjustments to the base plugin and all CSA derived add-on packs.
Getting On The Beta Test Group
I am still accepting people into the SLP4 beta program.
To qualify for the program you…
Purchased a premium add-on within the past 12 months.
Have a test/staging server for your WordPress site.
Know how to check error logs and provide details on any problems you encounter.
Can describe how to reproduce a problem in a step-by-step fashion.
Can perform testing over the next 30 days.
If you meet these criteria you can get the SLP4 versions of the base plugin and the add-on packs by using the MailChimp sign up form and filling out these details:
Your CSA order number for the premium products.
Your first and last name for the mailing list.
Your email address to be used on the MailChimp mailing list.
Anyone that signs up in the first week of testing and is accepted to the program will be given access to all of the SLP4 add-on packs in beta format. Participating in the beta program does NOT grant you free access to the final production release of the add-on packs. Store Locator Plus 4 add-on packs will be paid upgrades when the final release is completed.
Beta Group Communication
I anticipate sending an email sometime before 7PM EST (UTC-5) to the private SLP4 Beta Test Group mailing list. It will have basic information on the program, how to communicate with the beta test group, and include the downloadable zip files for the SLP4 base plugin and add-on packs.
If have been approved as a Beta Test Group member but do not get your email tomorrow evening please contact me. Make sure you check your spam folder first.
Primary communication including reporting of issues will be via the Beta Test Forum. Please use that method of communication so others in the Beta Test Group can see any known issues. This will help reduce duplicate issue reports.
SLP4 Upgrade Fees
Anyone that has purchased a premium add-on pack within 12 months of purchasing the SLP4 production release will be given a 75% discount. Purchases of add-on packs made within 30 days of the final production release will be allowed to upgrade to the SLP4 version at no cost. I will also be giving out free upgrades including at least one Kitchen Sink Version 4 package to the most active beta test group members.
The current target release for SLP4 and the add-on packs is early October.