The most common features requested:
- Import Locations ( Power / Power )
- Export Locations ( Power / Power )
- Map Markers Based On Category ( Power / Power )
- 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 / Power )
- Associate Products With Locations ( Power / Power )
- List By City or State ( Experience / Professional )
- Creating SEO Pages From Locations ( Power / Power )
MySLP to WPSLP Comparison
Advanced is the basic Store Locator Plus plugin.
Power is the equivalent of the base plugin plus the Power add on.
Professional is the Power level plus the Experience add on.
Enterprise is the Professional level plus the Premier add on and services.
Read below for answers to these questions and check out our other “What To Buy” articles.
Import /export a large amount, thousands, of locations.
The Power Add On can import /export hundreds-of-thousands of locations. The only limitation is your server memory and how many geocoding requests your hosting provider can manage to allocate from Google. (You may need a Google API key if more than 2500 queries)
Custom map marker for my locations.
If you want the map markers to be different for every location then you will need Experience.
If you want the markers (or an icon array) to look a certain way based on the type, or category, of the location or store then you will need Power.
Customize how the map looks.
User interface design and interaction, known as the user experience, is what the Experience add-on is all about. You can change how the search form on your page looks, change the way the list of locations looks and change the information bubble that shows the location data on the map. You can also change the overall layout of the map interface, putting the search box on results to the left of the map and do it all with one-click via the Plugin Style setting.
Creating Cluster Map Markers.
If you want cluster markers based on multiple locations in a region then you will need Cluster Map which is only available to Premier Subscribers.
Add a location search to other pages.
You are most likely looking for the widgets that are in the Experience Add On. There is a widget that puts an address/zip/postal-code search box on your sidebar that sends users to your locations map. Another widget gives your users a drop down list of states to choose from or you can choose to have a state-and-cities pair of drop down lists for your users.
Make the phone numbers clickable
With the Experience Add-on Under the Results/Appearance panel Check box to usethe Dial Link For Phone. This wraps the phone number in the results in a tel: href tag.
Categorize my locations.
Power is the right choice for doing that. The Power add-on allows for simple categories or complex 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. You can use this to help people locate service centers versus retail outlets or places that sell home widgets instead of business widgets.
Visitors need to find locations based on products or services offered.
Use the Power Add On to assign products or services to your locations via the categorization feature. You can opt to show users a drop down menu where the users can select which locations offer that product or service.
Can I set different map markers based on the services provided or location type?
Use the Power Add On categorization feature. It allow different map markers based on which category the location is assigned to. Remember, a category can be a product or service offered. The categories also have an icon graphic that can be assigned for use in a legend that appears near the map as well in each location entry when the results appear.
How do I create SEO friendly pages for my locations?
The Power Add On will get that done for you. The pages are seen by the search engines as static content-filled pages on your site. The pages themselves are built on-demand based on your location data. A page template system allows you to change the default template used to generate pages and the custom page type works like any other WordPress page once it has been created. Customize to your heart’s content.
Show a list by city where all my stores, locations, members, or providers are without a map.
The Power Add On provides various tools for building directory listings based on Store Locator Plus locations. The listings are dynamic, built in real time from the current location data.