Pro Pack Legacy Add-on not compatible with SLP version 4.8

Pro Pack Features

If you want to keep the legacy add-on, ProPack,  do not upgrade the base plug-in to version 4.8.   All individual $30-$50 legacy add-ons have been phased out over the past 2 years. Please follow the SLP news feeds for important information.

 

Remember, upgrades are optional.  We do not auto-update the way WordPress has in the past.  When you purchased the Pro Pack from Charleston Software Associates you purchased a product that does A,B, and C for $X.    Those features do not go away and will work with the version of the core plug-in that was available at the time of your purchase.   Remember updating to  SLP version 4.8.  is optional. If you already updated, you can downgrade the base plug-in to an earlier version (see documentation about downgrading and the steps you should take beforehand)  or upgrade to the Power add-on.

You do not need to update the base plug-in unless you want the smart options capability in the newer add-ons using current technology that is more efficient and will use less of your server overhead.   If there is a bug or a security patch needed  those will be made as part of the regular service.  The last stable version of ProPack worked with SLP version 4.7.11 but we could not continue to update ProPack without re-wrtiting a major piece of code, alternatively, those ProPack features (and more) already exist within the Power add-on.   It was not efficient to continue to maintain two separate blocks of code to do the same job.  Compatibility with other plug-ins, or with newer versions of the base plug-in,  or your theme are not  guaranteed in “perpetuity”. We endeavor to keep the plug-in and add-ons relevant and working smoothly, updates are needed occasionally.

As a side note: Website Developers who are providing a service to customers often tell us their customers upgraded without checking with them first.

Please remind your customers to read warnings, news  posts, release specifications, change logs, and upgrade notes BEFORE hitting the update now button.    Upgrading just for the sake of upgrading is not really a great idea on a production server.  In fact it is a very bad idea!  Production servers are meant to be stable.   Ask them to stop upgrading their live production servers and require them to use a back-up service such as  Vault Press or Jet Pack.  You might  mention they should hire an experienced  site administrator if they want a stable and secure site.

Alternatively, take the worry out of updating with a MySLP plan.  Check out the Power and import options under   MYSLP SAAS

 

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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Troubleshooting Large scale Exports/Imports

Issue: Exports are Incomplete

Multiple large-scale exports (export function is available with Power Add-on ) have been tested on the Store Locator Plus dev site. On a relatively small server, a virtual machine with 2GB RAM running CentOS 6, we  have been able to export 10,000 locations within 15 minutes with no issues. Special characters and extended data have also exported without issue.

If you are experiencing  issues there are several things to check that can cause problems during an export:

Web Server Process Limits

Apache, and nginx as far as I are aware, have per-process limits. This is built into the web server to prevent “runaway” processes that eat up all of the CPU and memory on the server over time. On shared servers this limit is very low and typically allows 30 seconds to 2 minutes of processing time. Large data sets can use up to 5 minutes or more of processing time. Make sure your server has a high enough limit to allow the entire data export to complete execution.
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Category Manager

The Category Manager section provides a full management interface for Store Categories.  This is where you will add new categories, determine if you want them to be a parent or a child , rank the category (optional) in the extended data,  add a medium icon and/or map marker.

Categories is available in the Power WordPress plugin or Power or higher levels of the MySLP service.
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[slp_directory] List Mode

The Power add-on provides added functionality and features for large location lists, SEO management, and categorization of locations.

It also includes the ability to build simple text list directories of your locations via the [slp_directory] shortcode.
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