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Tutorial: How to Use File Transfer Protocol (FTP)

Friday, May 9th, 2014 

Using FTP

Not everyone using the WordPress Store Locator plugin & its addons are highly technical — and that’s okay.  WordPress is an online publishing tool that makes life very easy for both highly-technical developers and non-technical users alike.  Likewise, the aim has always been to create a Store Locator that also follows in the mold of WordPress’s ease of use.

After helping a number of users to use File Transfer Protocol (FTP), in order to get their addons up and running, decided to share this tutorial that has been shared with them — and hopefully it will help many others.

How to upload folders/files to your website (CSV Importer addon example)

1) You will need to use FTP to upload folders & files to your website.  FTP is “File Transfer Protocol” — It’s how you can upload and download files from your website’s server (“server” is the remote computer hosting your website’s files so that it shows up online as a website)

2) Easiest way to get FTP:  Use the browser, FireFox, and install the FireFTP addon: http://fireftp.net/ (you can also go to “Tools > Add-ons” from within FireFox and then search for “FireFTP”)

FF addons

3) To log into your website using FireFTP (in order to upload folders & files), click the blue seahorse icon that shows up near your browser’s address bar. Then, from the drop down menu, choose “Create an account…”

FTP login

4) Then, you will need to create an account for your website using the FTP login credentials for your website (might need to ask your website host about this, or if you use cPanel, the login might be the same for FTP)

login

(Note: Steps 5 & 6 pertain directly to the CSV Importer addon)

5) Once successfully connected, you will see the files on your computer on the left side of the screen, and the files on your website’s server on the right side of the screen. You will want to take your unzipped folder ‘/csv-xml-importer-exporter/’ and upload it to ‘/{your_WordPress_root}/wp-content/uploads/sl-uploads/addons/’  using the Green Right Arrow in the middle (use the Left Arrow to download files from your website to your computer)

transfer

6) After successfully uploading to the “/addons” folder, go to your Store Locator admin Dashboard, and activate the CSV Importer using the key you received in your email (in your case, you will see the CSV Importer under “Activation Keys” instead of the Addons Platform).  Paste your activation key here, and click the “Activate” button.  Now you can go to Locations > Add, and perform your CSV import … but make sure to review the CSV Importer documentation beforehand.

dashboard validate

 

Don’t Miss Out: Individual Addons, Store Locator v3.0 & More — Opens Monday, March 17th, 2014, 1pm EDT

Friday, March 14th, 2014 

Early Access

… Also, You Will Earn These …


Gold
6000 points

Silver
3500 points

Bronze
1500 points

… This …


… + Store Locator v3.0 + More … Submitting Your Entry is Free, But Space is Limited, So Don’t Miss Out.



 

Store Locator User Spotlight: Nuts ‘N More, ABC Shark Tank Success

Sunday, January 12th, 2014 

Nuts 'N More -- ABC's Shark TankNuts ‘N More — Success Story

As avid watchers of ABC’s television show, “Shark Tank”, noticed this past Friday, January 10th, that they featured an update segment on a fast-growing nutritional food company, Nuts ‘N More, based out of Rhode Island, on Episode 5.13 (full episode link).

Nuts ‘N More successfully pitched and partnered with two Shark Tank investors, Mark Cuban & Robert Herjavec, during their original showing on Episode 4.20 (episode segment) in a creatively structured deal in which they agreed to partner with the two Sharks by giving them a 35% stake in exchange for their requested $250K investment, but only with an initial cash investment of $75K to allow Nuts ‘N More to source their needed ingredients at better bulk prices, with the remaining $175K to be invested afterwards for future purchase orders.

Watch Nuts ‘N More’s Original Segment Here:

Thought They Looked Familiar ….

Nuts ‘N More sure did sound awfully familiar — you know why? — because they’re a WordPress Store Locator user!  But it really wasn’t too difficult to figure out, because immediately following their update segment on TV, their website’s visitor traffic must have significantly spiked, because our website received several referrals from Nuts ‘N More’s website.

It’s always thrilling to see other entrepreneurs succeed (particularly liked the Nuts ‘N More founders’ belief in themselves and their willingness to negotiate a better percentage for themselves in regards to the original offer from the Sharks).  Wishing them continued growth and success and glad to see that the WordPress Store Locator is allowing their customers to easily find their retail locations as they continue to expand their reach!

Might just need to run out to the nearest store and buy some soon.

 

Store Locator v2.13: Fixes Blank Admin Area Experienced By a Select Few

Saturday, November 30th, 2013 

Blank Store Locator Admin Area Fix

The latest version of the WordPress Store Locator (version 2.13) addresses a blank admin area experienced by a select few of you when trying to access your Store Locator’s admin.

Seemed to be caused by having certain functionality unavailable or turned off on your server (cURL or file_get_contents), but should now display the admin properly even with those functions off.

Stay Tuned

More Store Locator updates to come in December, stay tuned — and don’t forget to keep your Store Locator updated!

 

Important: Update To Store Locator v2.x, Which Uses Google Maps API v3!

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013 

Update to Store Locator v2.x!

Update to Store Locator v2.x!

Update to Store Locator v2! Important!

It is mandatory that you update to v2 of the WordPress Store Locator, because it uses Google Maps API v3.

Older Store Locator versions use Google Maps API v2, which is being shut off soon.

Older Versions Will Not Geocode Your Locations Anymore

In fact, Google Geocoding API v2 seems to already be off. No further questions concerning geocoding errors will be answered for those of you using old versions before Store Locator v2 (geocoding: giving your locations latitude & longitude coordinates).

If your plugin folder is ‘wordpress-store-locator-location-finder’ (stopped at v1.2.37):

  1. Deactivate
  2. Rename the folder to ‘store-locator’
  3. Then reactivate the plugin so that you start seeing updates in your WordPress plugins admin panel!

This renaming notification is in your admin panel. You will not lose your locations.

Just like keeping WordPress up-to-date, keeping your Store Locator up-to-date is crucial, due to changes to external services/APIs such as Google Maps.

Announced This Twice So Far, Don’t Hesitate — Update!

  1. When first announcing Store Locator v2
  2. When telling everyone to update to Store Locator v2.1

 

 

 

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