Pro Pack Legacy Add-on not compatible with SLP version 4.8

Pro Pack Features

If you want to keep the legacy add-on, ProPack,  do not upgrade the base plug-in to version 4.8.   All individual $30-$50 legacy add-ons have been phased out over the past 2 years. Please follow the SLP news feeds for important information.

 

Remember, upgrades are optional.  We do not auto-update the way WordPress has in the past.  When you purchased the Pro Pack from Charleston Software Associates you purchased a product that does A,B, and C for $X.    Those features do not go away and will work with the version of the core plug-in that was available at the time of your purchase.   Remember updating to  SLP version 4.8.  is optional. If you already updated, you can downgrade the base plug-in to an earlier version (see documentation about downgrading and the steps you should take beforehand)  or upgrade to the Power add-on.

You do not need to update the base plug-in unless you want the smart options capability in the newer add-ons using current technology that is more efficient and will use less of your server overhead.   If there is a bug or a security patch needed  those will be made as part of the regular service.  The last stable version of ProPack worked with SLP version 4.7.11 but we could not continue to update ProPack without re-wrtiting a major piece of code, alternatively, those ProPack features (and more) already exist within the Power add-on.   It was not efficient to continue to maintain two separate blocks of code to do the same job.  Compatibility with other plug-ins, or with newer versions of the base plug-in,  or your theme are not  guaranteed in “perpetuity”. We endeavor to keep the plug-in and add-ons relevant and working smoothly, updates are needed occasionally.

As a side note: Website Developers who are providing a service to customers often tell us their customers upgraded without checking with them first.

Please remind your customers to read warnings, news  posts, release specifications, change logs, and upgrade notes BEFORE hitting the update now button.    Upgrading just for the sake of upgrading is not really a great idea on a production server.  In fact it is a very bad idea!  Production servers are meant to be stable.   Ask them to stop upgrading their live production servers and require them to use a back-up service such as  Vault Press or Jet Pack.  You might  mention they should hire an experienced  site administrator if they want a stable and secure site.

Alternatively, take the worry out of updating with a MySLP plan.  Check out the Power and import options under   MYSLP SAAS

 

Power (WPSLP) / Power (MySLP) Overview

The Power add on for WordPress Store Locator Plus and the Power level for MySLP product line share similar features and functionality.  Whereas they are similar, they are not interchangeable.  For instance, you cannot use the MySLP Power level service plan to export your WordPress location data and vice versa.  Note: where the WP symbol appears below, those features are built into the WordPress SLP Power add-on only.

Categorization

Assign categories to your locations that allow users to pick a category and show only those locations.  Great for showing service versus retail centers or locations that carry specific products.
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Paying With Credit Card

Note: Starting in March 2017 you can now pay with a credit card via Stripe.  This will not interact in any way with PayPal and allows you to purchase subscriptions on a credit card.

WordPress Store Locator Plus add ons can be purchased with a credit card.   To do so go through the normal checkout procedure.   When the PayPal login screen appears choose the “Pay with Debit or Credit Card” button on the bottom of the screen.   Fill out your details for the credit card information.

This will allow you to make the purchase and have it billed directly to your credit card WITHOUT going through a PayPal account.

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Featuring Locations – Top of Results and Highlighting

Store Locator Plus allows you to feature specific locations in your search results.   This requires the Experience add on for WordPress or a Professional or Enterprise account for My Store Locator Plus.    Some of the interface styles provided by the style gallery support featured location highlighting “out of the box”, such as the Default With Font Tweaks style.

Select A Style That Supports Featured Locations

The Default With Font Tweaks Style is one of the styles that highlights locations and is a good starting point for testing this functionality.  You can adjust the layout and styling afterwards to meet your specific design requirements.

WPSLP – Select the Store Locator Plus entry in the side menu.

MYSLP – Select Advanced Options in the side menu.

Go to the Settings Tab and select the View subtab.

Click on the activate button on Default With Font Tweaks in the style gallery.

Settings/View for styles

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Using Custom Map Markers

Store Locator Plus allows you to set a custom marker for all of your locations.

Upload Your Marker

Start by uploading the marker to a web accessible location.

WP SLP

Go to Media / Add New in the WordPress admin panel.

Upload your marker.

View the attachment details for the newly uploaded marker and copy the URL.
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Locator Data – The Field Names

Store Locator Plus includes a default set of data fields that is included with every installation as well as extended fields provided by add-on packs.

For  data fields, including those added with the Extended Data Manager, you can output the data in the map info bubble or results layout,  by using the following shortcode:

[slp_location data.<field_slug>]

For example:

[slp_location data.contact]

[slp_location data.facebook_custom_url] (for someone that added a field named Facebook Custom URL).

Both the default data and extended data can be displayed in the search results, (for SEO Pages some fields will be [storepage field=contact] for SEO-friendly details pages. Most of the tools provided by the various add-on packs work best when using the field slug. The slug is a unique name for the field that is similar-to, but not exactly the same as, the field name.

The slugs are used in the add-on packs such as the layout strings from the Experience Add On in as well as the column headers for CSV Import in the Power Add On.

Default Location Fields

ID

Name

Address

Address Line 2

City

State

Zip

Country

Latitude

Longitude

Tags

The Pro Pack tags field. Requires Pro Pack for full functionality.

Description

Email

Website

Hours

Phone

Fax

Image

An fully qualified image URL, http:: with a full domain.

Private

May be used in the future as a 1|0 value to determine if a location is to only appear on the admin interface and not front end searches.

Neat Title

May be used in the future as an alternate store name or subtitle.

Linked Post ID

The ID of the related store_page entry where extra taxonomy data and other location data is stored. Used with Store Pages and Tagalong. Should not be modified.

Pages URL

The relative URL for the Store Pages linked post ID. Provides a processing shortcut for the Store Pages add-on pack.

Pages On

Used with Store Pages to determine which locations have been populated with Store Pages template content.

Option Value

A serialized JSON data object which can store extra location data. Slower and less direct than extended data fields.

Last Updated

A date and time MySQL timestamp indicating the last time the main data for the location was updated.

Initial Distance

The initial distance calculated between your center map latitude/longitude and the location.

Add On Pack Import Fields

These fields appear in the extended data table, slp_extendo. The field metadata, used to manage the slp_extendo table, is store din the slp_extendo_meta table.

Power Add On : Contacts Enabled

Identifier a unique location identifier from an external database that can be used to update existing locations in Store Locator Plus

Contact

First Name

Last Name

Title

Department

Training

Facility Type

Office Phone

Mobile Phone

Contact Fax

Contact Email

Office Hours – long formatted text

Contact Address – long formatted text

Notes – long formatted text

Featured – valid values are “1” for featured and “0” (zero).

Rank – an integer from 1 (highest rank/top of list) to 999999. 0 = no rank.

Power Add On : Categories Data

Power categories utilize the built-in WordPress custom taxonomy system. Standard WordPress category IDs are kept in the term_relationships and term_taxonomy tables. The relationship between locations and categories is managed via the slp_tagalong table that maps the Store Locator Plus id field to the WordPress Taxonomy term_id.

 

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