The Experience add-on (if you have a WordPress SLP Premier subscription you may download and activate the Experience add-on included with your subscription) for WordPress SLP or the Professional level Plan for MySLP SaaS provides a “search by city”, “search by state”, and “search by country” feature. This search form element, when enabled, will build a drop down list based on the locations in your database. This is meant to provide a hint to the user where your locations are.
The base legacy plug-in is a simple “address input” feature. When the user clicks the search button it looks for locations closest to that location based on your other search form settings. If your default radius is 100 miles and the user selects the state of Texas, the base plug-in will search for all locations within 100 miles of Google’s estimated “center of Texas”. With the Experience add-on you can select certain settings to redirect the search selector and provide other options to direct or assist your site visitor.
The label that will be displayed in front of the Search form box on your locator page can be changed under Settings/Search in the Appearance section Label. If none are set, a blank box will appear on your site. The “Address” Label you enter will appear in front of the search box. The “radius” information indicates to the site visitor that this is the radius (whatever radii you entered in the search form for radii options.
Consider this label as a help text tool for the site visitor to assist them as to what to enter in the box. Label Examples: zip code, city, street, or a combination such as address / zip code. The more detailed the better. We find address and zip code to be the most useful hint. If you leave this label blank nothing will appear in front of the search form box and your site visitors will be guessing what to enter as keywords to search (the same as any other search boxes). They can type in anything that comes to mind and end up with no results.
The second search box is the drop down menu for your distance units. We find the words “Within” useful. If you prefer to enter another language for the labels that appear on the front end , that is your option as well.
Additional Search settings are available with MYSLP Professional or Enterprise level or the WPSLP self managed with the Experience or Premier add-ons.
Search Form Style sets the styling for the interactive locator elements on your site. It uses pre-built jQuery Theme Roller style CSS designs to create a simple way to style interactive elements such as the autocomplete feature (available in WPSLP Experience or with MySLP Professional) on the address box. with Experience or Professional level plan additional search elements are available, including a one click checkbox to “Hide the search form” altogether.
The base service also includes the Base jQuery theme.
Setting A New Style
For WordPress plugin users go to the Store Locator Plus selection on the sidebar menu.
For MySLP users go to Store Locator Plus sidebar menu.
Select Settings/Search from the tab list.
Scroll down to the Appearance section and expand it by clicking the word “Appearance” if necessary.
Select a new style from the Search Form Style drop-down menu.
Available For WPSLP and MySLP
Search Form Style is a feature that is included in the base plugin of Store Locator Plus for WordPress and is available under Store Locator Plus for all levels of the MySLP service. Premier members on WPSLP and Enterprise Level users for MySLP will have multiple options for the Search Form Style.
The Power Add On for the self managed plug-in, or the Professional Level or higher of the MYSLP SaaS subscriptions include basic search and results reports. When enabled you will see a new Report tab on the Store Locator Plus admin pages. This tab is where you can view and generate locator search reports. See what visitors are searching for and what results are being returned.
[slplus] is the primary shortcode used within WordPress sites to display the Store Locator Plus map and location search interface. Many other attributes can be found within the plugin and add-ons.
A shortcode is 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”.
Premier subscribers or MYSLP Enterprise level subscribers will see the following features under the Store Locator Plus Settings / Search Panel.
Show Address Guess
If checked, replace the address the customer typed into the address box with what Google thought they meant. This feature is useful if your site visitor is browsing “incognito: or the location sensor is not activated.
Country Influences Guess
When checked , SLP uses the selected Country Map Domain to influence how Google returns the location based on what they think the user meant when entering a search address. Google returns the most searched locations based on an algorithm. This feature is coded to redirect the returned location based on your location data points.
Boundaries Influence Guess
Uses a search boundary to influence how Google guesses what the user meant when entering a search address.
Locations in your data set will show a rectangle that surrounds all of your locations.
Defined Boundary is a rectangle that you define with a map that will appear below.
The default is none, using standard Google address lookup rules.
These features are very useful, especially when you have a mix of some non – standard Zip/postal codes or addresses that otherwise might be hard to find with the basic Google MAP API query.