Map display options

Map Display

The Experience add-on for the WP Store Locator Plus or the MySLP/Professional Plan  allows you to customize the way your Map  is displayed and behaves.

With the WPSLP Experience add-on installed and activated  go to Settings/Map.

  • Show Map (default)
  • Hide map until search
  • Image until search
  • Do not autozoom

Appearance

Additional options  are available to change your  Map layout and appearance    with the WPSLP Experience Add-on.   If you do not have the Add-on or a corresponding MySLP plan,  the  optional settings will  NOT appear.   (Note: There is a sidebar menu with MySLP/Professional under Store Locator Plus. See Adjust Locator styling for more information)

The additional options with the above mentioned plans or add-ons allows you to  hide the map , change the map layout, change the map bubble display, and/or  hide the map info bubble.  The Plugin Style under View (WPSLP) may supersede these settings. Choose one that  will compliment your theme or utilizes the add-on features available to you.

Location Sensor Aware

The Location Sensor capability is a Power feature.

Location sensor feature can be  turned on/off with a simple check box under the SLP/General/User Interface tab.

MYSLP Power Level or higher Plan
WPSLP Power add-on General tab

 

 

 

 

 

When the box is checked and a visitor to your site performs a search , SLP queries the browser and requests their current location.    If the browser allows location queries it will return their geographic location which will be used to set the default search location.

Note:  This will only work with most browsers if you have a secure site or if your site visitor “allows” there location to be visible to you.  Google Chrome has had restrictions since Chrome version 50 (released in 2016)  that they will only return locations using location sensor if the  request is generated within the url of a valid secured site (https://).  See the Google developers console for more information.

Google  returns a “No results found” if you do NOT have an HTTPS site and will stop the javascript from loading. An update to SLP with the Power add-on will negate Location sensor settings entirely if you do not have https://  so that your page continues to load.   If you require the location sensor functionality to work properly you must have  a valid SSL certification.

Location Aware Browsing

Accuracy varies greatly from location to location. In some places, service providers may be able to provide a location to within a few meters.  All locations returned by service providers are estimates only and we do not guarantee the accuracy of the locations provided.  Your SLP settings also determine the number of locations shown nearest the site visitor.  Settings for radius, number of results to return and center of map  all interact to show locations nearest to the site visitor.

Countries and Languages

Plugin Text

The Store Locator Plus plugin is now part of the WordPress Translate project.  You can get the current status of the Store Locator Plus translations on the WordPress Translation website.  If you would like to see the plugin fully translated into your language, please send a request to be added to the WordPress translate team for your language.  As soon as a language reaches 100% completion for the stable release of the Store Locator Plus plugin, the custom language files will be removed from Store Locator Plus and be replaced by the more-efficient Translate system.

Hide Google Pegman (Street View)

Hide Street View is available as part of the Premier plugin included with the Premier Subscription for Store Locator Plus.  The Street View icon , also known as “pegman” appears on all Google Maps by default.  The Premier plugin allows you to turn this off.

Premier 4.5 Pegman Active
Premier 4.5 Pegman Active
Premier 4.5 Cluster Map Markers
Premier 4.5 Pegman Inactive

 

Turning Street View On or Off

Go to the Store Locator Plus Experience Map tab and look for Hide Street View in the Appearance group.

Premier 4.5 Experience Map Settings
Premier 4.5 Experience Map Settings

Selecting and Customizing your Style

Store Locator Plus Appearance

Store Locator Plus comes with a variety of styles to provide a basic style framework that will attempt to match your locator page to various WordPress themes  installed on your site. You can see the list of  Plugin Styles under  the Store Locator Plus Settings Tab / View panel.

 

Creating A Locator Page

Summary

To create a locator page that has a zip/postal code search box, a map of your locations, and the results list put the [slplus] shortcode on a page or post.

Go to Pages in your WordPress admin.

Create a new page.

Name it “Locations”.

Enter [slplus] in the main content area of the page.

Details

First create a new page for your WordPress site where the Store Locator Plus plug-in will reside. Add the shortcode (a special label inside of square brackets that is used within WordPress pages and posts to display the output from a plugin). You place a shortcode within the text of your page or post and the plugin will “do it’s magic”

Locator Shortcode

To display the Store Locator Plus search form, map, and search results using the defaults you have setup via Map Settings in the admin panel, use the following shortcode:

[slplus]

The base plugin will replace the shortcode with a search form, a Google Map, and a results section below the map.   Depending on how you have the plugin configured the map and results may start by showing some or all of your locations.

  • Hint: Do not copy and paste off this page or all you will see is the text. You must type in the shortcode onto your WP page.
SLP slplus shortcode
SLP slplus shortcode

Additional Shortcodes can be found under the SLP documentation Shortcodes:SLP