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.

How to Export Locations to CSV file

Bulk Export

You must have the MYSLP/Professional level or WPSLP Power add-on .

  1. Go to the Store locator Plus side bar menu, select the Locations tab
  2. Select from the drop down  menu under BULK actions , select export  Download to CSV.
  3. You may select  the locations by clicking either individually and Apply  or select the Apply /  ALL button or you may  filter what you wish to export.

    WPSLP with Power add-on
MySLP Menu under SLP/Locations/export

Example CSV Import Files

CSV Imports are the most-used feature for our MySLP Professional users and for our WordPress  SLP self managed DIY customers that purchased the Power add on.

Learn about CSV Import formatting and other import notes.

Below files are examples only, you will need to set up your own import files to add your locations.

Example CSV Import Files

9 Restaurants Basic CSV Import

We consider this the simplest usable format for most businesses.  It includes the Store Name (Store), Address, City, State, and Zip columns.

You can download our example on our server here

9 Restaurants Full Address

A full address format of the 10 Restaurants Basic CSV Import format.  It includes the Store Name (Store), Address, Address 2, City, State, and Zip, and Country columns.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1jE_BZTGpHrAuZzYy-K7CwLcFanPzKGC9

9 Restaurants With Latitude and Longitude

The same 9 places with full address and latitude and longitude.   Including latitude and longitude gets the locations online and active on the site faster.  This was created from an Export CSV of the above Full Address file when we stripped the sl_id column and all the blank columns at the end, relabeled the header row to be user friendly.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1jkfRlY4K2retNGFaRVcW17WSLi_tfRmj

Remote file Retrieval

One quick way to tell if your file is accessible is to put the URL you are using for your imports into your browser. Does it download a CSV file you can open with a text editor? If No; It isn’t a “vanilla” CSV file readable by the “Internet”.

This is the link you can use to see if remote file retrieval is working

For example — if you go HERE
https://demo.storelocatorplus.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/9-Restaurants-With-Lat-Lng-Cat.csv

you see an option to download a file

But if you go here :
https://demo.storelocatorplus.com/9-restaurants-with-lat-lng-cat/

it shows you a web page. That second link above from our demo site is NOT a valid remote CSV file URL

Google changed how share links on drives are working and we have found no way to get to the raw CSV file with any links they provided to us.

So Google Drive hosted CSV files is likely never going to work again.   Just one more way for them to track everything you do online by using an embed object vs. a flat CSV that they give you access too.

Adding Locations

Locations are added to Store Locator Plus through the WordPress admin panel.

After you have installed Store Locator Plus on your WordPress site you will see a menu entry for Store Locator Plus.     Select “Locations” from the Store Locator Plus sidebar menu or tabs.

If you do not have any locations in the system you will be brought to the Add sub-tab automatically.   If you see a list of locations click “Add” in the subtab menu.

Enter your location information.    All entries are optional.  If all fields are left empty the location will not be added.   It is recommended that you enter a Name, City, and State (province) at a minimum.

Store Locator Plus will  send a query to the Google Map Geocoding service to provide the latitude and longitude for the address you’ve entered.   You will need to obtain your own google API key if you are using the WPSLP plug-in and are not a MYSLP subscriber.  The more details you provide for the address the more accurate Google will be on pinpointing the location.

Note: You can set the map domain to further assist Google in pinpointing locations.  The default is to lookup addresses with a United-States region influence.

When you first add a location you will see a notification box pop up that tells you where Google has determined the lat/long to be and a green box telling you your location has successfully been added.

You can view the list of locations you have created by going to the  Locations/ List.