Store Locator Plus Discrete Searches

The Experience add-on for WordPress SLP or the Professional Plan for MySLP 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 base legacy plug-in is a simple “address input” feature.     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, the base plug-in will search for all locations within 100 miles of Google’s estimated “center of Texas”. With the Experience add-on you can select certain settings to redirect the search selector and provide other options to direct or assist your site visitor.

Search By Radius, Technical Details

Why Search By Radius?

The design of the search is based on the premise that most people that are searching for something don’t care what state (where) your store is located.  They only care that it is 3 miles away not 30 miles away.

I understand this is not a perfect solution for everyone.  Sometimes you need to refer someone to the proper sales agent based on sales territories which are typically based on state/city/country.    Discrete search  can help with that, however territory support is not part of the basic Search  add-on unless your territories are divided by city, state, or country alone. Directory Builder add-on can be used for territory search of that nature if no Map is included.  Territories is now included in the Premier Add-on

Search Panel Settings

How SLP Search Works

Store Locator Plus searching can operate in radius or discrete search mode.  The default mode is radius based and is the premise behind much of the operational aspects of the Store Locator Plus plugin.  Additional search features and settings can be obtained through the  Experience Add-on or Professional subscription suite and/or  the Premier /Enterprise Subscription (see below).