This section pertains to the WordPress Store Locator Plus plug-in which is the free base plugin for those WordPress administrators who are controlling the plugin and updates. If you are a subscriber to MySLP, our fully managed locator SaaS service, you can ignore this page, we’ve got that covered!
T_PAAMAYIM_NEKUDOTAYIM is the scope resolution operator. In most languages it is the double-colon (::).
Most people that are looking for this odd-looking word are probably running into an issue with a PHP program. For as often as it comes up, there is very little information on what is causing the problem.
With PHP it typically means the application has a syntax error. The PHP interpreter cannot figure out how to compile your code properly and crashes with the Unexpected T_PAAMAYIM_NEKUDOTAYIM error message. Often it is due to a class name or static method reference that PHP cannot handle. Either the class name is entered incorrectly OR your PHP version is so old it cannot process variable names before the double-colon operator.
For Store Locator Plus™ users that are still using the WordPress plugins it most likely means the version of PHP you are running on your web server is very outdated. Upgrade PHP to a newer version, preferably something that is supported in the past 5 years like PHP 7.
User that chose the fully managed Store Locator Plus™ service don’t have to worry about things like this.
Location sensor feature can be turned on/off with a simple check box under the SLP/General/User Interface 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.
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.
The location limit feature is available exclusively to our Store Locator Plus Premier/Enterprise customers.
When the URL Control module is active you can enable location ID passing by turning on “Location Limit” under the General / User Interface tab.
When this is enabled you can pass in a limit for the number of locations to be returned when the map initially loads and when a search is performed by adding ?limit=<id> to the end of the page address where your locator map is deployed with the [slplus] shortcode.
Example: Client has 250 results to return by default but when the site via a URL link loaded they only wanted 5 to come back.
Location Limit functionality supersedes the initial default limit.
We often have questions posted from users asking why something is or is not working. The information needed to be able to assist them properly and efficiently is shown under the SLP/INFO tab. It is called the Plugin environment.
What is meant by the Plugin Environment.
The plugin environment shows the versions of Store Locator Plus, and any active SLP add-ons you have installed, as well as the WordPress version, php version, MYSQL , the domain name and other useful data specific to the WPSLP environment.
This information is required when posting in forums. You can also find the latest release versions under your account Downloads List, and/or review the Versions under the Support tab on the WordPress Store Locator Plus home site to see if you have the most recent version of Store Locator Plus and the various add-on packs.
In the United States many northeastern postal codes start with zero. Many sheets, Microsoft Excel in particular, LOVE to leave off the leading zero if you enter a zip code as 03907 and save as CSV.
In Excel, and many other apps, you can force a field where you are typing in numbers to be text by starting your entry with an apostrophe (‘). Type ‘03907 when entering the data NOT 03907.
A good test to see if this is happening to you, open your CSV file in Google Sheets and see what it looks like. Does it look like the sheet above missing a zero and right aligned?
Another indicator that this column is set to a numeric type and not an text type is the data is on the RIGHT SIDE of the cell. Text is left-justified (like sl_state) and numbers are right-justified.
If you are using the WPSLP “do it yourself” plugin with Power add-on and you have not included the latitude and longitude and require geocoding , make sure you have a Google API account and have checked off the Maps and Geocoding APIs in your library.
MySLP is a monthly subscription service that allows you to deploy a locator map on ANY platform including WordPress. It is a managed service where we handle the hosting of the locations, settings, and map software. We keep the software updated so you don’t have to worry about it.
These instructions DO NOT APPLY to WordPress plugins.
For our buy-it-and-own-it solution you will want to look at the WPSLP plugins instead.
My Store Locator Plus can be deployed on any website technology that can publish basic HTML pages. The functionality of the service depends more on the browser technology used by your site visitors than your web stack.
The most basic deployment is a local HTML file that is opened by your web browser. Your desktop or laptop and even some mobile devices will allow you to create a basic HTML file on your device. You can then open this file using that device’s web browser.
When a user is typing in an address on the address search box on the locator they will be shown a list of suggestions based on what address Google thinks they are asking for. It requires 3 characters or more to be entered before it shows a suggestion.