What To Buy: Filter By Brand

Question

We need to filter our locations by brand.  Does your plugin or an extension to your plugin have this feature?

Assigning Brands To 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.

Add a category for each brand you offer and your users will be able to filter locations showing only those that offer specific brands.
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Q. What is the purpose of ranking under category manager?

A. Category ranking is a feature when you are using the Power Add-on and the category manager. The rank is used to sort the categories which will affect the map marker that is used when a location has been assigned more than one category. Following the page ranking paradigm set by WordPress, the rank field is a simple numeric weighting for the categories. This extended data attribute for categories makes it easy to re-arrange the “weight” of categories for map marker selection without mangling category slugs. The lower the number, the higher the precedence for the map marker.

Categories Panel: taxonomy and settings

If you have the Power add on for WordPress or the Power / Professional / Enterprise level for MySLP you will see a header tab in your Store Locator Plus menu labeled Categories.  This is where you can establish and manage settings and determine the categories you want to add in the form section of the user interface.  The two sub sections under Categories is Settings and Taxonomy.

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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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How do I show two different maps with different locations on each?

Use the Power add on categories feature to differentiate the locations. Once your locations have been assigned categories you can use the only_with_category shortcode attribute to filter the results for each map.
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Q: Can a store or location have more than one category assigned to it?

Can the stores be categorized by more than one taxonomy? Not multiple tags in a single taxonomy, but multiple tags from multiple taxonomies?

A: Stores only have one categorization class – the store page taxonomy.
However, WordPress Taxonomies are hierarchical. Therefore, you are able to assign all the attributes you need to your locations and use the parents of the branches to drive the user experience. The Power add-on has several UX components such as “drill down” menus that allow users to select a specific category by selecting a parent first then a child.

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Store and Category Manager

Store and Category Manager interface is available if you have the  Power  Add-on installed. You will see a tab “Categories” in your Store Locator Plus User Interface.

Power add-on Categories Admin

Note: if you do not have Power add-on activated, the basic set up and tab/ panel is seen as Tagalong. Tagalong is no longer sold separately, it is a Legacy add-on. The functionality  has now been included in Power Add-on

Basic Settings

You can choose to show the categories that you have created in a drop down menu as part of the search form.  You can add text as a label that will display  at the top of the categories drop down menu, or you can leave blank.  You can also add text for the category select box that will appear in front of the category drop down on the user interface.

Hide Empty Categories Setting

Do NOT turn this on unless you have   Pages enabled.

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Categories

The ability to categorize your locations using the WordPress category (taxonomy) system.  The Categories Manager (Formerly known as Tagalong) is now part of the Power Add-on  and it builds on the Store Locator Plus store_page taxonomy that is also used with the Pages portion of the Power Add-on.  Build a “simple flat list” of categories or a hierarchical (parent/child) category structure. Once you’ve categorized locations you will find other added benefits on the user interface.

categroy selector front end power

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