Cluster Map Markers

Cluster Map Markers is available as part of the Premier plugin included with the Premier Subscription for Store Locator Plus.   Cluster Markers show a single map marker graphic (circle with number inside it) when two or more (you set this number) markers are within close proximity to one another on the current map view.   As a user zooms in on the cluster, the clusters break apart to show the individual markers.  When  zoomed out the individual location markers combine into a single marker graphic with the count of locations represented by the graphic shown in the center. You determine the default radius and minimum number of locations  before cluster map marker is engaged.  Your “center map at” and default radius setting will effect where the map center is located.

Turn On Cluster Markers

Go to the Store Locator Plus : Settings / Map and look under the Appearance section for “Enable Cluster Markers”.

Read the Store Locator Plus news articles about Cluster Map Markers.

Example CSV Import Files

CSV Imports are the most-used feature for our MySLP Professional users and for our WordPress  SLP self managed DIY customers that purchased the Power add on.

Learn about CSV Import formatting and other import notes.

Below files are examples only, you will need to set up your own import files to add your locations.

Example CSV Import Files

9 Restaurants Basic CSV Import

We consider this the simplest usable format for most businesses.  It includes the Store Name (Store), Address, City, State, and Zip columns.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1L-vS5U9Db737x92O-qmecsAFqFd0CQBe

9 Restaurants Full Address

A full address format of the 10 Restaurants Basic CSV Import format.  It includes the Store Name (Store), Address, Address 2, City, State, and Zip, and Country columns.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1jE_BZTGpHrAuZzYy-K7CwLcFanPzKGC9

9 Restaurants With Latitude and Longitude

The same 9 places with full address and latitude and longitude.   Including latitude and longitude gets the locations online and active on the site faster.  This was created from an Export CSV of the above Full Address file when we stripped the sl_id column and all the blank columns at the end, relabelled the header row to be user friendly.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1jkfRlY4K2retNGFaRVcW17WSLi_tfRmj

Map Panel Settings

SLP plugin/ Settings /Map  selections will determine the  Map layout , display, and focus of the map. The settings contained in the map panel will change the functionality (map domain, zoom) and appearance of the map and provides an array of  selections to choose from such as, Google Map domains,language and additional functionality.   If you need additional functionality or Map Layout , you may wish to review the Experience for WPSLP or Professional for MySLP or Premier/Enterprise options). Note that your  Plug-in style selection will also impact how the map is displayed on your site.Plugin styles can be selected under Settings/View

The following settings are available to manage functionality for both WPSLP stand alone plug-in and MySLP SaaS managed service..

At Startup

  • Center Map:   This is where you enter an address, or a state, or a location or even a specific latitude and longitude to be displayed as the initial focus for the Map. If nothing is entered in this box , the default will be the center of the country of the Map domain selected. For example if you have selected the United States Google map domain then the center of your map will be somewhere in Kansas.

    Basic Map settings without add-on
  • Center Latitude Fallback: Center Longitude Fallback:  These are the latitude/longitude settings  that will be called if the Google server is “busy” or offline and not able to geocode or “call” to load your locations.  If you reset to blank it will fill in with the Center latitude/longitude of the map domain you have chosen.    You can have a different Lat/long fallback  then your map domain or the center map if you so choose. If you do not add anything it will automatically fill with one of the two options described. An image of your fallback will also be displayed (version 4.9+)

Location Imports

Location Imports are handled via a CSV file for users that signed up for the MySLP Professional service or are using the WPSLP Power Add On. With MYSLP the import feature is under the StoreLocatorPlus sidebar/locations as shown in screenshot. If you are using WPSLP self managed and have the Power add-on it will look similar.

CSV Import Format

Getting the proper CSV format can be a challenge when using spreadsheet apps like Excel or Numbers.  Here are some tips to getting a valid CSV format out of a spreadsheet app:

  1. Make sure you always have a header row.  That tells the import process what data is in each column.   The column headers have meaning, so be precise.
  2. When a cell is a text field that STARTS WITH A LEADING ZERO, make sure you explicitly mark the cell as text.   The easiest way to do this is to type a single apostrophe then the number when adding data to the cell as in ‘01886 for the zip code 01886.
  3. Always export with UTF-8 support enabled.
  4. Export to a CSV format.  Comma delimited not tab delimited and quoted strings if given the option.

Check out the Example CSV Imports post to get some usable import files you can play with.