Power (WPSLP) / Power (MySLP) Overview

The Power add on for WordPress Store Locator Plus and the Power level for MySLP product line share similar features and functionality.  Whereas they are similar, they are not interchangeable.  For instance, you cannot use the MySLP Power level service plan to export your WordPress location data and vice versa.  Note: where the WP symbol appears below, those features are built into the WordPress SLP Power add-on only.

Categorization

Assign categories to your locations that allow users to pick a category and show only those locations.  Great for showing service versus retail centers or locations that carry specific products.
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Importing Large Lists into Store Locator Plus

Import features are available with the Power Add-on

Load Data

If checked , use the faster MySQL Load Data method of file processing. Only base plugin data can be loaded, see the approved field name list.

This feature uses the MySQL Load Data command and is much faster than WordPress / PHP CSV file parsing, with the typical Google Geocoding limitations on performance and record counts (if you are not supplying, filling in the latitude/longitude data fields). This feature will only import basic location data. It does not import extended data fields or (Tagalong) category data. If you use this along with  pre-entered latitude and longitude values you can import 100,000 locations in less than 10 minutes on a basic web server. The column headers must be included in the file and must match the basic fields. You do NOT need to include all columns.
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Location Imports With Power Add On

The location imports have been updated with the Power add on in order to simplify and speed up the import process.  The CSV file format remains as the preferred import method for locations.

CSV File Format

The CSV file should be a UTF-8 encoded file with proper quotes around strings and commas between fields.

Special characters should be stripped or converted to proper UTF-8 format.   In our experience many applications such as Numbers and Excel will not strip special characters properly during a UTF-8 CSV file export.   Google Sheets has been a good application for importing those CSV files and re-exporting them with special characters removed.

The CSV file must have a header row defining field names as the first row of the file.   All other rows must contain proper CSV data.      Rows cannot contain more columns (fields) that defined by the header row.    That is often an indicator that special characters exist in your file and is used as a safety stop mechanism in the import processor.

CSV File Headers

All location import files must start with a field name header.   This is the first line of the CSV file that contains the name of each locator field at the top of the column.    The option to “not include a  header + is no longer optional in the Power add-on.

Header field names are not case sensitive.    The field names will be stripped of any character that is not a letter, number, hyphen, or underscore.    If it makes your file more readable you can use a name such as “Address 2” which will be changed to “address2” , then the file is processed.    Keep in mind the “sanitized key” version of whatever you use as the header MUST match the list of field names below.
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