Additional Import Data field headers

If you have the Power add-on you will have the ability to import data fields via a properly formatted csv file.  All columns MUST have a header row with the  field name. All fields are short text fields, up to 255 characters, unless otherwise noted.  The header text is NOT case sensitive.

If you are using the category (aka tagalong) functionality of Power you may want to import and assign a category slug on the fly.  The header field name is:

category (or plural categories).

If you wish to import and assign more than one category  per location , you will need to use a comma-separated list for the data field  (category).  Example: My location has more than one category associated with it, I want to indicate it is a hotel,restaurant, and has music.  Category  for that location would show under the column with the header row “category”…. hotel,restaurant,music

Alternatively, to define parent/child relationships , i.e.  hierarchical categories , use a double colon as the separator Example the Parent is Facility, the child is showroom.

Facility::Showroom.

Categories taxonomy and settings

If you have the Power add on for WordPress or the Power / Professional / Enterprise level for MySLP you will see a header tab in your Store Locator Plus menu labeled Categories.  This is where you can establish and manage settings and determine the categories you want to add within the form section of the user interface.  The sub sections under Categories is Taxonomy  and Manager.

Tags and/or Categories

With the Power add-on there are options to tag a location or assign a category to a location or do both.

 

Tagging Locations

“Tagging” locations can be done one of two ways.  The informal method is to use free-form tags that are setup via the Power add on.  The structured method is to use the Category Manager under the Categories tab which you will see when you have the Power Add-on Installed.

Q: Can a store or location have more than one category assigned to it?

Can the stores be categorized by more than one taxonomy? Not multiple tags in a single taxonomy, but multiple tags from multiple taxonomies?

A: Stores only have one categorization class – the store page taxonomy.
However, WordPress Taxonomies are hierarchical. Therefore, you are able to assign all the attributes you need to your locations and use the parents of the branches to drive the user experience. The Power add-on has several UX components such as “drill down” menus that allow users to select a specific category by selecting a parent first then a child.

Store and Category Manager

Store and Category Manager interface is available if you have the  Power  Add-on installed. You will see a tab “Categories” in your Store Locator Plus User Interface.

 

Note:  Tagalong  Legacy Add-on is no longer sold separately-on. The functionality  has now been included in Power Add-on

Basic Settings

Add categories and slugs in the Category Panel.  Set Markers and Icons per category if you want those to appear in place of map markers.  A Bulk action drop down to delete some or all categories is also available.

 

 

 

 

Settings/Search

You can choose to show the categories that you have created in a drop down menu as part of the search form.  You can add text as a label that will display  at the top of the categories drop down menu, or you can leave blank.  You can also add text for the category select box that will appear in front of the category drop down on the user interface.

Hide Empty Categories Setting

Do NOT turn this on unless you have   Pages enabled.

Categories

The ability to categorize your locations using the WordPress category (taxonomy) system.  The Categories Manager (Formerly known as Tagalong) is now part of the Power Add-on  and it builds on the Store Locator Plus store_page taxonomy that is also used with the Pages portion of the Power Add-on.  Build a “simple flat list” of categories or a hierarchical (parent/child) category structure. Once you’ve categorized locations you will find other added benefits on the user interface.