A. The latest update to the base plugin normally appears in your WordPress site Plugin menu for auto update. The latest version of the core SLP plugin is always available to download for free from the WordPress Store Locator Plus plugin directory. You will also find the system requirements, changelog, description of the product, and other links in the WordPress Store Locator Plus directory. To check your version against what is currently available please see the site home page under Support/Versions
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.
We need to filter our locations by brand. Does your plugin or an extension to your plugin have this feature?
Assigning Brands To Locations
Power add-on for WPSLP (DIY) or the Professional level plan (or higher) for MySLP is the right choice for doing that. Either allows for simple categories or parent/child relationships between categories. Locations can be assigned to one or more categories. Your users can then search for locations based on those categories.
For more complex hierarchical functionality , button bars , horizontal check-boxes for categories and more customized approaches you might want to check out our WPSLP Premier subscription or the MySLP Enterprise level subscription
Add a category for each brand you offer and your users will be able to filter locations showing only those that offer specific brands.
Some of the most common features requested are included with:
- Import Locations ( Power / Professional level MySLP )
- Export Locations ( Power / Professional level MySLP )
- Map Markers Based On Category ( Power /Professional level or higher MySLP
- Cluster Map Markers ( Premier / Enterprise )
- Change The Layout ( Experience / Professional )
- Change The Look Of The Map ( Experience / Professional )
- Add Location Search To Other Pages ( Experience / Professional )
- Categorize Locations ( Power / Professional level or higher MySLP )
- Associate Products With Locations ( Power / Professional level or higher MySLP )
- List By City or State ( Experience / Professional )
- Creating SEO Pages From Locations ( Power / Coming soon to MySLP )
- Add directory listing from Locations (Power/Professional level or higher MySLP)
- Bulk filters such as geocode all uncode (Power/Professional level or higher MySLP)
- Add url controls (Premier subscription WPSLP/Enterprise level MySLP)
MySLP to WPSLP Comparison
Advanced is comparable to the basic Store Locator Plus plugin.
Professional is the Power level (excluding SEO Pages) plus the Experience add on.
Enterprise is the Professional level plan plus the Premier subscription features, functionality and support services.
Read below for answers to these questions and check out our other “What To Buy” articles.
Question: I would like to use your plugin to add location searching to my site. I would like to be able to rank and even possibly remove locations from the search results. Also, each location offers different products of mine. So, if a user selects a product and a zip code I would like to show them locations that offer the product they are looking for ranked in order of my ranking system. I have many locations (10k +). Can you please let me know what add-ons I will need to accomplish my goals? I definitely need to be able to upload CSV.
If you see the word Experience in the SLP back end you are not using the latest version of SLP. As of version 4.7.9 the menu tab formerly named “Experience” is now named Settings in Store Locator Plus . This change was made because of the confusion people had with the name in the menu and the Experience add-on. The settings under this tab determine how the front end, that part of the plugin your site visitors interact with, looks and behaves. The settings under this tab change how the plugin appears to the site visitor and what functionality is available to the site visitor. Some of the attributes set here can be overridden via shortcode attributes with the Experience Add-on.
Issue: Exports are Incomplete
Multiple large-scale exports (export function is available with Power Add-on ) have been tested on the Store Locator Plus dev site. On a relatively small server, a virtual machine with 2GB RAM running CentOS 6, we have been able to export 10,000 locations within 15 minutes with no issues. Special characters and extended data have also exported without issue.
If you are experiencing issues there are several things to check that can cause problems during an export:
Web Server Process Limits
Apache, and nginx as far as I are aware, have per-process limits. This is built into the web server to prevent “runaway” processes that eat up all of the CPU and memory on the server over time. On shared servers this limit is very low and typically allows 30 seconds to 2 minutes of processing time. Large data sets can use up to 5 minutes or more of processing time. Make sure your server has a high enough limit to allow the entire data export to complete execution.
A. If you are moving something like a staging/test site to a new site and want to bring everything over intact , the Store Locator Plus author strongly recommends looking into the WordPress backup tool Vault Press, or better , Jet Pack. One of the features included , besides real-time incremental backups of your site with restore points, is the ability to restore the site to an alternate site.
A. Category ranking is a feature when you are using the Power Add-on and the category manager. The rank is used to sort the categories which will affect the map marker that is used when a location has been assigned more than one category. Following the page ranking paradigm set by WordPress, the rank field is a simple numeric weighting for the categories. This extended data attribute for categories makes it easy to re-arrange the “weight” of categories for map marker selection without mangling category slugs. The lower the number, the higher the precedence for the map marker.
You can do that with the Experience Add-on