Appearance Layouts

Experience Add-On or Professional level MySLP SaaS

The Experience Add-on  for WordPress SLP plug-in , or the Professional level or higher plan for MySLP Software-as-a-Service application allows you to customize the layouts, the map interface, and the search form to display in a certain manner on the front end of your locator page

Search Layout

Search Layout is found under the Settings tab on the Search panel.

This setting allows the search form layout to be modified via a text setting.   If the Search Layout field is left blank the default search form layout and  your SLP style is used.   If Search Layout is modified the layout will take precedence over most of the Search Form settings  and the basic Store Locator Plus.

Translating Store Locator Plus ADD-ONs

Store Locator Plus uses the built-in WordPress internationalization and localization tools to translate the interface text into various languages.  Store Locator Plus plug-in is part of the WordPress Translate project.  You can contribute translations for the base plugin at the Store Locator Plus directory at WordPress Translate.

If you do not see the base plugin in your language, check the SLP Translate report for the latest Stable Release and make sure your language is at 100%.  The Translate system will not create a language export for partial translations.  If you want to help with the translation, send a request to be added to the WordPress PolyGlots project.

Learn About Translate.WordPress.Org.

Geocoding stopped working suddenly

(This page has been updated to reflect the changes in Google Cloud Platform API changes)

Most likely reasons;

  • You moved your site or changed the domain name and did not change your Google Map API key or , as of JUNE 2018 Google API changes, did NOT ADD BILLING TO YOUR API KEY . See Getting Started
  • Check your Google Platform Usage reports
  • A self-imposed usage cap has been exceeded.
  • The provided method of payment is no longer valid (for example, a credit card has expired).
  • You have exceeded the QPS limits for a given API.
  • If you have the Power add-on and are using the import function , your csv file is incorrect, or your header rows are not accurate,  or they have wrong field names, the columns may be misaligned and the data field for an address could not import and/or does not geocode. Check your import message log.
  • Google does not recognize an address. See FAQ post

Results Layout Shortcodes and Attributes

The ability to change results layout is included in the Experience add on.

Default Format

The default format for the results string uses the numerical encoding for the various data elements that can be rendered.   This default string format is present in the base Store Locator Plus plugin.  You can reset  to the default at any time by deleting the entry in the Results Layout field under  Settings/Results/Appearance and saving the settings.

Custom CSS

MYSLP subscriber  with the Professional level or Enterprise level plan  , allows you to customize the style sheets ( CSS ) for Store Locator Plus  map, results, and search layouts.   There are additional styles also available with  the higher level plans making it less likely that you will need to use custom styling sheets.  If you are adding CSS to the SLP.  The CSS field  is under Settings/View under the various locator styles.

If you are an Enterprise level subscriber and need a style to work with your general theme, you may wish to contact us.  Any CSS updates entered  will be retained in future updates .

For WordPress SLP plugin users, The Experience Add On  is available to purchase for the self managed WordPress SLP plugin , the CSS is stored in the WordPress options table.

Load Locations from WordPress Locator to MYSLP®

Load locations does not replace the  csv file import functionality available to the MySLP Professional or Enterprise level plan subscribers but it  can be used to  load  basic location data from your WordPress Store Locator Plugin (such as WP Store Locator Plus®,) into your MYSLP  account.  (The basic load will not load category tables. You would need to use  import  csv file for that.)

This functionality can be found from the MYSLP account, the SLP sidebar tab and under Locations as shown in the screenshot below.

The  loader supports loading locations from WordPress sites running the WordPress Store Locator Plus plugin.

If you are using a locator or directory plugin other than Store Locator Plus, please contact us to discuss the possibility of beta testing if it does not load.

Map Controls

More map controls

Our MYSLP Enterprise level users or WPSLP Premier subscribers will find several additional map controls to enable or disable built-in Google Map elements.  A simple checkbox  allows users to turn the Full Screen and zoom controls on or off in addition to the previously-available  Hide “Stick Man” , scale, and type controls.

This option is also available to WordPress plugin users with an active Premier subscription.

CSV Import Duplicates Handling

The WPSLP Power Add On  or MySLP/Professional plan   allows you to import CSV files with several options.    View the information under SLP/Locations/Import .  You have various  options to consider when determining how to update  locations  that match your pre-existing locations.

Options available on how to handle duplicates:  Choose to Add, Skip, and /or Update.

Location Sensor Aware

Location Sensor Aware available with the SLP SaaS subscription Professional level (or higher ) service plan

Location Sensor capability is also a feature with the WPSLP Plug in Power  add-on.

Location sensor feature can be  turned on/off with a simple check box under the SLP/General  tab.

WPSLP Power add-on General 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 and/or if your site visitor “allows” their location to be visible to you.

Google  may return a “No results found” if you do NOT have an HTTPS site and will stop the javascript from loading. SLP with the Power add-on will negate Location sensor settings entirely if you do not have https://   enabling  your page to continue to load.   If you require the location sensor functionality to work properly you must have  a valid SSL certification.

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.

Google Geocoding and Browser keys

This article effects the WordPress StoreLocatorPlus  users “Do it yourself ” plug-in with pay as you go Google Maps API keys

MAP Service and API Keys

Changes as of June 11, 2018 will effect the WordPress Store Locator Plus (DIY) community.  Google requires all sites  using map services to have an API key with a billing account attached. See Google Developers console.

The Browser key is used to display the map and handle user-input addresses during a location search.  The Geocoding API  is used on your WordPress server to geocode locations you’ve entered via the Google “Places” box and  APIs.  You do not need the additional geocoding “key”   unless you have added  restrictions.  You do however, need to have the geocoding API enabled in your Google projects library.