Q. Geocoding stopped working suddenly , why?

A. Most likely reasons;

  • You are over your daily query limit see Google API information. If you are on a shared Host this can impact those limits.
  • You moved your site or changed the domain name and did not change your Google Map API key. See Getting Started
  • If you imported and your csv file is incorrect, or your header rows are not accurate or have wrong field names, the columns may be misaligned and data field for an address could not import. Check your import message log
  • Google does not recognize an address. See FAQ post

Q. How do I remove or delete multiple tags that are associated with the locations?

A.  With the Power add-on you will find additional Bulk Actions under the Locations/Manage panel.  There is a  drop down menu under the Bulk actions tab that can be utilized to remove many, some or all tags associated with the location data.  Check off which locations you want to remove the tags from, or you may check off all and select the filter to “Apply to all”

Bulk Action with Power allows you to remove tags

Troubleshooting Large scale Exports/Imports

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.
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Category Manager

The Category Manager section provides a full management interface for Store Categories.  This is where you will add new categories, determine if you want them to be a parent or a child , rank the category (optional) in the extended data,  add a medium icon and/or map marker.

Categories is available in the Power WordPress plugin or Power or higher levels of the MySLP service.
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Importing Large Lists into Store Locator Plus

Import features are available with the Power Add-on

Load Data

If checked , use the faster MySQL Load Data method of file processing. Only base plugin data can be loaded, see the approved field name list.

This feature uses the MySQL Load Data command and is much faster than WordPress / PHP CSV file parsing, with the typical Google Geocoding limitations on performance and record counts (if you are not supplying, filling in the latitude/longitude data fields). This feature will only import basic location data. It does not import extended data fields or (Tagalong) category data. If you use this along with  pre-entered latitude and longitude values you can import 100,000 locations in less than 10 minutes on a basic web server. The column headers must be included in the file and must match the basic fields. You do NOT need to include all columns.
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CSV Import Duplicates Handling

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The Power Add On allows you to import CSV files with several options.   One of those options is “duplicates handling”.   Duplicates handling determines how to deal with locations in your CSV file that may match pre-existing locations on your site.

There are several options available for duplicates handling including Add, Skip, and Update.
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Adding Locations with additional features

If you have any of the Store Locator Plus featured Add-ons such as Power, Experience, or Premier add-ons you will see additional sections when Adding (or managing) a Location.

You can opt to fill in all the rows and info that determine the Location and geocoding and hit Add button if you are done entering information. Or you can opt to continue to the next section, whether it be featured, tags, categories, territories, or other functions that are in separate sections on the Location Add Tab.Click the “Add button” at the bottom of the next section instead.

For example, I want to add a location that also is going to have a category assigned to it. I have the latest version of the Power Add-on activated. After adding all the Location information, I do not click on the Add button under the location information but continue on down to the next section called “Power” and add whatever pertinent information I wish to add there. Once I am satisfied and have no additional data to add, I click on the Add Button under the Power section of the Locations Panel to create the location that I have just added.

The category or other additional data you just associated will appear when you review the Locations Page.When to click the add buttonaddlocationa nd acategories