Premier URL Control

Active Premier Subscribers can activate the URL Control module to add additional URL processing to Store Locator Plus.    Enabling this setting under the General /Server tab will turn on additional controls in Store Locator Plus.

Note: The URL Control module was added in Premier Plugin version 4.7.9.

 

Allow Address In URL

When the URL Control module is active you can enable location ID passing by turning on “Allow Address In URL” under the General / User Interface tab.

When this is enabled you can pass in a location ID by adding ?location=<id> to the end of the page address where your locator map is deployed with the [slplus] shortcode.

When the location ID is present and the settings is enabled the specified location will be activated on the location map as if a user had clicked the marker on the map.  This will show the info bubble by default.

Note: If cluster map markers are enabled they will be turned off for the initial page load.   Subsequent input or searches by the user will re-activate the cluster map markers.

Note: When passing in a location ID via a URL the location latitude/longitude will become the center point for the map display.  The location that is shown will be at the top of the result listing if sort by distance (default) is in place.

 

Allow Limit In URL

When the URL Control module is active you can enable location ID passing by turning on “Allow Limit In URL” 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.

Combining URL Options

You can combine the URL control options by using standard URL notation for parameter passing.

The standard is to define the first parameter by starting with a question mark.

Additional parameters are started with an ampersand.

To pass a location ID and a location limit, in this example to show ONLY the location specified, you would add ?location=32&limit=1 to your map page URL.

 

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Schedule For Initial Distance

The Premier Add On allows you to set a scheduled interval using the built-in WordPress Cron scheduler to calculate the initial distance for locations where the distance is zero.

The initial distance setting is used by Store Locator Plus to boost performance when loading the initial map.  It uses and SQL index on a numeric value to select a subset of data versus calculating values for potentially thousands of locations and then filtering based on the calculation.  For sites with more than 1,000 locations this feature significantly boosts initial map loading performance.
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Google Map Icons

All those little location markers on the map that Google just made FAR more prevalent in their latest update?  Those are what they call map icons.   They are also clickable which means all those locations will pop up a map bubble even if they are not YOUR Locations for your business.  Premier Add On 4.7.1 for Store Locator Plus lets you disable the “clickability” on the map icons.

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Viewing WordPress Scheduled Events

The Premier Add On provides various options for scheduling routing maintenance of locations.    For example, you can set Store Locator Plus to geocode uncoded locations twice per day; something that can be useful for a hands-off approach when loading locations remotely through direct data connections.    Being able to see all of the events that are scheduled on your WordPress site is a useful tool in managing your server load.     With the addition of the scheduled events, the Premier plugin also provides a “schedule insight” tool.

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Results Interaction

Results Interaction is a set of features provided by the Premier Add On. This set of features provides a variety of visual cues on the location map to indicate which location a user has clicked on when viewing a list of locations.   This provides a variety of additional options beyond the standard Info Bubble that Store Locator Plus displays when a location is clicked.

Use the Experience add-on to completely disable the Info Bubble and only use these interactive result indicators.
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slp_directory List Of States

You can easily create lists of the cities, states, or countries where you have locations by using the slp_directory shortcode provided by the Power add-onPremier Subscription members can install the Premier Plugin to further extend the functionality of the slp_directory shortcode.
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Store Locator Plus Featured Add-ons versus Legacy Add-ons

Q:    Can you help me identify the Store locator Plus add-ons that replace the add-ons now described as Legacy?

A:  Power Add-on  will deactivate and replace the following:
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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