With the Experience Add-on you have multiple search tool options to display on the front page when a site visitor lands on your locator page. Search by Name is a checkbox that is found under the Store Locator Plus “Settings/Search” menu on your admin ui when you have the Experience add-on.
If you have any of the Store Locator Plus featured Add-ons such as Power, Experience, or Premier add-ons you will see additional sections when Adding (or managing) a Location.
You can opt to fill in all the rows and info that determine the Location and geocoding and hit Add button if you are done entering information. Or you can opt to continue to the next section, whether it be featured, tags, categories, territories, or other functions that are in separate sections on the Location Add Tab.Click the “Add button” at the bottom of the next section instead.
For example, I want to add a location that also is going to have a category assigned to it. I have the latest version of the Power Add-on activated. After adding all the Location information, I do not click on the Add button under the location information but continue on down to the next section called “Power” and add whatever pertinent information I wish to add there. Once I am satisfied and have no additional data to add, I click on the Add Button under the Power section of the Locations Panel to create the location that I have just added.
The category or other additional data you just associated will appear when you review the Locations Page.
Store Locator Plus Radius Behavior is set to “always use” in the base plugin. The Experience and/or Premier Add On packs extend the functionality beyond the basic “Always Use” setting. This setting impacts how the radius selector is employed and how locations are filtered before being displayed to the user.
The map search radius is set under the Settings /Search tab and the results after search is established under the Settings/Results tab with “Initial Search radius” and can be set to any number which equates to miles radius.
The radius selection options presented to the user in the drop down menu is set under the Settings / Search tab panel.
Store Locator Plus Widgets are included in the Experience Add On. This add-on pack creates new widgets that can be used to connect to the Store Locator Plus map or location data on your site from any widget-enabled area in your WordPress theme.
SLP Search Form
The SLP Search widget places an interactive zip/address search box in any widget location on your site. A search initiated from the widget will direct the user to the Store Locator Plus map page that you have specified.
Map Page URL
The URL for the page on your site where you want the user to end up. The page should have the SLPLUS shortcode for rendering the Store Locator Plus map. For example http://localhost/?page_id=8 or https://localhost/locations/ if you have SEO-friendly page URLs enabled in the permalinks settings.
[box type=”note”]For users with pre 4.2.02 version of the widget pack, this is a single combined field including the URL portion before the “?” and after the “?” including the “?” itself. The versions 4.3 and lower are no longer maintained and may not be compatible with 4.4 versions [/box]
The label to precede the input box, or if ‘use placeholder’ is set, the text to use as a placeholder.
The text for the submit button.
When checked the label will be placed inside the input box as a placeholder.
Show locations within this radius from the zip code/address the user input.
Widget for States
The SLP States widget places a drop down list of the states or provinces where you have active locations. The user selects a state and presses the submit button to be redirected to a page with a Store Locator Plus map in place.
Widget for Cities
The cities widget provides a drop down list of cities based on your Store Locator Plus locations. Users can select a city where you have locations and be directed to your locator map to get directions or other details.
The Experience provides a “search by city”, “search by state”, and “search by country” feature. This search form element, when enabled, will build a drop down list based on the locations in your database. This is meant to provide a hint to the user where your locations are.
The legacy system was a simple “address input” feature. When a user selected an entry from the drop down list it types the text into the address box. When the user clicks the search button it looks for locations closest to that location based on your other search form settings. If your default radius is 100 miles and the user selects the state of Texas, this system will search for all locations within 100 miles of Google’s estimated “center of Texas”.