Store Locator Plus 4.1 has been released this morning.
It brings better plugin themes, what I am calling “Advanced Themes” that will make it far easier to implement pre-designed custom looks for the map pages on your site. Currently there are only two themes setup with the Advanced Themes settings, “Beside Myself” and “Simple White Four Column”. Other pre-existing SLP themes will be updated to the Advance Themes format in the coming weeks before new themes are added.
- Enhancement: Replace wpCSL framework with built-in library for memory conservation and processing speed.
- Enhancement: Added German (de_DE) text translations.
- Enhancement: Make some of the admin interface elements more responsive allowing for textarea inputs to grow without scrolling when screen real estate allows.
- Enhancement: Improved info bubble layout processor, does not balk when using [slp_location name] instead of [slp_location name ].
- Enhancement: WPML integration has been started. The search form string have been added, but we need more from WPML to make this viable.
- Enhancement: Add one-click SLP theme settings implementation for Advanced Themes.
The Store Locator Plus v4.1 issue list can be found at BitBucket.
Store Locator Plus 4.1 contains the data extensions from the soon-to-be-defunct Super Extendo plugin. This will provide a more stable and easier-to-implement process for the Contact Extender and Enhanced Results add-on packs as well as facilitate the development and implementation of future data extension add-on packs. When Enhanced Results 4.1 and Contact Extender 4.1 are released the Super Extendo plugin should be deactivated and removed.
Advanced SLP Themes
The SLP theme system has been overhauled. The existing themes still work and remain intact, however the new theme system can now read the hidden metadata in the CSS file headers and, if you desire, set all of the layout options for you. This vastly simplifies the process of building new layouts with the map interface. The initial release may only have one or two advanced themes but they will be updated on each patch to give users more creative choices. Start with a built-in theme and adjust the page layout with Pro Pack or the results layout with Enhanced Results. It will be far easier than before.
When you select a new theme on the drop down menu under the User Experience / View tab the theme interface will show you information about the theme. Advanced themes have descriptions as well as a list of add-on packs they are designed to work with. Bold links are themes you do not have installed or are not active. There is also a preferred settings section that shows you the various layout settings that will allow the CSS file better management of the interface. If you click the “Set Options” button at the end of the list of settings it will update the various options on the Search, Map, Results, and View panels under User Experience. It does not save the options at this point, it sets the options and allows for further modification of those settings to match the needs of your site. Clicking Save Settings will activate the new options and will cause the new theme to be applied with the new settings on the user interface.
Hopefully this makes it far easier to change the map interface page to do things like put the search box and results beside the map.
How the various SLP themes work depends on your WordPress theme. The WordPress themes tend to take precedence over the SLP theme settings. You may also find some themes have narrow content areas that do not work well with all SLP themes. With a dozen SLP themes available, and more on the task list, you should be able to find something that works well with minimal effort.
About Store Locator Plus
Store Locator Plus is full-featured location management system for your WordPress site. This plugin will add location search and mapping to your site. Place a shortcode on any page to display the search form, map, and location listings. Premium add-ons extend the feature set in an ala-carte fashion. Select only those add-on packs you need to build on the base plugin.
Find the latest releases of all SLP add-on packs on the Release Notes page.