The Experience Add On allows you to custom tailor the look and feel of the Store Locator Plus plugin on your site. To accomplish this the plugin uses a combination of HTML and special shortcodes. These can be changed or checked off under the Settings* tab the plugin.
* formerly referred to as Experience tab, if you do not see Settings in the UI you are not using the latest version of Store locator Plus
The Overall Layout
This is set via the View / Layout setting. It determines the overall layout for the plugin based on 3 primary components: The Search Form, The Map, and The Results.
Continue reading “Layout Shortcode Cheat Sheet”
The Experience add-on for the WP Store Locator Plus allows you to select when and what you want the Map to display.
With the Experience add-on installed and activated , a pull down menu under the section “At start-up” allows the below options to be set:
- Show Map (default)
- Hide map until search
- Image until search
Additional options for how your Map layout and appearance looks is also available with the Experience Add-on
Here are some issues we’ve come across that cause this to happen:
One of the best tools for searching for errors in the HTML page headers is to use Firefox with the Firebug plugin. Turn on the console and check the responses tab for any errors. We have resolved many client installation and map problems with this plugin. More often than not we are finding errors in other plugins, themes, or server configuration settings on the servers. No, our plugin is not perfect and is not 100% bug free (we wish it were) but we are no longer finding bugs in our plugin as the primary culprit in broke installations.
A. A shortcode is a WordPress-specific code that lets you do nifty things with very little effort. Shortcodes can embed files or create objects that would normally require lots of complicated, ugly code in just one line. In other words, a Shortcode = shortcut. Continue reading “Q. What is the difference between a shortcode and locator layout settings?”
Google Map Domains
The following countries are currently supported in the Store Locator Plus plugin. These countries determine the default center starting point for location searches and determine which Google locations engine is used when searching for an address. This influences, but does not restrict, which results are returned. Regardless of what country you select as the default, any location in your location database can be returned by the search regardless of the country in which that location resides. This does not effect the zip codes necessarily. Some contries postal code system is unique and Goolge search engines may revert back to an international search engine as they are constantly updating.
- United States
- American Samoa
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Czech Republic
- Democratic Republic of Congo
- Hong Kong
- New Zealand
- Republic of Ireland
- Sao Tome and Principe
- Sierra Leone
- South Africa
- South Korea
- Sri Lanka
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom
You can change the Google map view to any that Google has to offer “hybrid, road map, satellite (aerial), terrain” The settings are under Experience/Map ,scroll to the map panel to see Map Type and use the pull down menu to change to which one you want as the default and then save changes. For additional features , or to change the overall appearance layout, or style of the map you will need the Experience Add-on.
The Experience Add-on supports the Google Maps JSON Map style rules. These rules let you control the “inner style” of the map itself. Pre-defined map rules allow you to set a variety of styles via the Experience / Map settings on the SLP admin panel. In other words you can obtain a personal style for your site.
Continue reading “Map styles”
The Store Locator Plus plugin is now part of the WordPress Translate project. You can get the current status of the Store Locator Plus translations on the WordPress Translation website. If you would like to see the plugin fully translated into your language, please send a request to be added to the WordPress translate team for your language. As soon as a language reaches 100% completion for the stable release of the Store Locator Plus plugin, the custom language files will be removed from Store Locator Plus and be replaced by the more-efficient Translate system.
Continue reading “Countries and Languages”
The Experience Add-on allows you to customize the layouts, the map interface, and the search form to display in a certain manner on the front end of your locator page
Search Layout is found under the Settings tab on the Search panel.
This setting allows the search form layout to be modified via a text setting. If the Search Layout field is left blank the default search form layout and your SLP style is used. If Search Layout is modified the layout will take precedence over most of the Search Form settings and the basic Store Locator Plus.
Continue reading “Appearance Layouts”
The Map section under the User Experience Settings tab is where you find the settings that impact the look-and-feel as well as the behavior of the Map layout and response. The settings contained in the map panel changes the functions (map domain,zoom) and appearance of the map and provides an array of behaviors and selections of Google Map domains,language and additional functionality. For more functionality or to change the Map Layout requires the Experience or Premier add-on). Note the Plug-in style will also impact the view of the map and search.
Continue reading “Map Panel Settings”