The Horizontal or Vertical Checkbox Category Selector feature is available for WPSLP Premier or MySLP Enterprise level subscription customers. The checkbox works with an “OR” selection based on the Parent category. With Premier or Enterprise you will see additional category selectors under the Settings/Search/Category section. For example : If you check the  red and  blue boxes on the category selector it will show any location in the red OR blue category.
Feature to have the address to auto-complete the zip code based on your location database is available with the Premier/Enterprise or the Experience add-on
When 2 or more characters are typed in the address input box, input suggestions based on location data will appear.
- None (default) – do not suggest address input.
- Zipcode – suggest matching zip codes.
- With Premier or SLP SaaS Enterprise you can also have a zip code drop down selector
If the formatting of the autocomplete is not the way you would like it to appear, reset the Search Form Style under appearance layout.
Locator Styling determines how the auto-complete drop down box will appear on your page.
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.
Results Layout ShortcodesThe Experience Add On allows you to custom tailor the look and feel of the Store Locator Plus plugin on your site. To accomplish this the plugin uses a combination of HTML and special shortcodes. These can be changed or checked off under the Settings* tab the plugin.
* formerly referred to as Experience tab, if you do not see Settings in the UI you are not using the latest version of Store locator Plus
The Overall Layout
This is set via the View / Layout setting. It determines the overall layout for the plugin based on 3 primary components: The Search Form, The Map, and The Results.
With the WPSLP Experience add-on installed and activated go to Settings/Map.
- Show Map (default)
- Hide map until search
- Image until search
- Do not autozoom
- Full Screen (With WPSLP Experience add-on or Professional level MYSLP)
Additional options such as Hide the Map entirely or to change the layout are available with add-ons. (See Map layout and appearance WPSLP Experience Add-on. or if you have purchased the Professional and /or Enterprise level MYSLP SaaS . If you do not have the Add-on or the corresponding MySLP plan, the optional settings will NOT appear. (Note: With MYSLP there is a sidebar menu called Store Locator Plus/Settings where you will find the same. See Adjust Locator styling for more information)
The additional options with the above mentioned plans or add-ons allows you to hide the map , change the map layout, change the map bubble display, and/or hide the map info bubble. The Plugin Style under View (WPSLP) may supersede these settings. Choose one that will compliment your theme or utilizes the add-on features available to you.
Note: Major Updates to WordPress versions (example 5.0 , 5.5 ,5.7) may effect themes behaviors and plug-ins and cause additional errors. We strongly advise updating on a staging site or dev or test site first instead of allowing AUTO UPDATES)
Common errors or issues:
Here are some issues we’ve come across that cause this to happen:
One of the best tools for searching for errors in the HTML page headers is to use Firefox with the Firebug plugin or any browser developer tool. Turn on the console and check the responses tab under console for any errors. We have resolved many client installation and map problems with this plugin. More often than not we are finding errors in other plugins, themes, or server/site configuration settings.
IF YOU Update your WordPress environment , BE SURE TO review the WordPress VERSION changes as they have changed.
Review the WordPress suggested requirements
- Update PhP to 7 or higher
- Update MySQL to 5.6 or higher
- Site move to HTTPS
Store Locator Plus allows you to feature specific locations in your search results. This requires the Experience add on (or Premier ) for WordPress or a Professional or Enterprise account for My Store Locator Plus. Some of the interface styles provided by the style gallery support featured location highlighting “out of the box”, such as the Default With Font Tweaks style.
Select A Style That Supports Featured Locations
The Default With Font Tweaks Style is one of the styles that highlights locations and is a good starting point for testing this functionality. You can adjust the layout and styling afterwards to meet your specific design requirements.
WPSLP – Select the Store Locator Plus entry in the side menu.
MYSLP – Select Store Locator Plus in the side menu.
Go to the Settings Tab and select the View subtab.
Click on the activate button on Default With Font Tweaks in the style gallery.
Attributes are the keywords that appear after the opening [slp_search_element and before the closing ].
Default attributes include:
Output a form button. <slug> should be an input supported by the base plugin or an add on such as:
Output the Find Locations button.
Output a dropdown selector with a preceding label for the specified input. <slug> should be an input supported by the base plugin or an add on such as:
Output a dropdown of radius selections based on the Experience / Search / Radii Options setting.
Outputs the specified value. Used by some add ons to add a specific [slp_search_element] output.
Output a input selector with a preceding label for the specified input. <slug> should be an input supported by the base plugin or an add on such as:
Output a the address/zip-code input box.
Tech Geek Stuff
Processed by the SLP_UI class via add_shortcode in create string_SearchForm() which calls crease_SearchElement().
Filter shortcode_slp_searchelement is used to manipulate attributes. Many add ons use this to render specific output using attribute ‘hard_coded_value’ => ‘xyz’ to output a specific value.
A. A shortcode is a WordPress-specific code that lets you do nifty things with very little effort. Shortcodes can embed files or create objects that would normally require lots of complicated, ugly code in just one line. In other words, a Shortcode = shortcut.
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 v 4.7.1 or higher for Store Locator Plus or MySLP/Enterprise lets you disable the “clickability” on the map icons.