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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 Experience Tab and select the View subtab.

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


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Q. Where can I find the versions and updates for Store Locator Plus?

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

SEO Pages

SEO Pages functionality is part of the Power add-on.  For the  Pages functionality to appear you must enable pages under the General / Data tab.  When “enable pages” is checked your locations will automatically be set to show that they have pages under the locations manager. They are set  as draft by default. They will  have unique ids. You will also see the Store Locator Plus logo with STORE PAGES appear on your WP menu  sidebar.

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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 ALL 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.

Q. What is the difference between a shortcode and locator layout settings?

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 meant by Experience in the User Interface

A. The (User) Experience settings in Store Locator Plus determine how the front end, that part of the plugin your site visitors interact with, looks and behaves. The settings on the (User) Experience tab change how the plugin looks and acts across all of the locators you have on your site. Some of the attributes set here can be overridden via shortcode attributes with the Experience Add-on.

Store Locator Plus Base free plugin under Experience tab

Store Locator Plus Base free plugin under Experience tab

Experience tab Functions with Experience ADD-on

Experience tab Functions with Experience ADD-)N

Upgrading Store Locator Plus

The base plugin and add ons are updated on a regular basis.  Often the updates include fundamental changes that are designed to improve performance by reducing the memory and/or disk request load when your visitors are interacting with the map.

The most common reason your legacy add on stopped working is because you are not running the latest version.  

Keep in mind that at some point the legacy add ons will no longer work with the latest version of Store Locator Plus.  That is not the case as of the 4.7 release of SLP, but at some point in the future your only option will be to NOT UPGRADE Store Locator Plus.  Make sure you have a backup copy of the current version of SLP you have installed that IS working with your legacy add on packs.

Whenever you update the base plugin make sure ALL of  your SLP add-on packs are updated to the latest version.

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