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PHP 7 Compatible Store Locator v3.99 Released

April 19, 2017 - By 
Issues this Update Fixes:
– Further improved geocoding (assigning coordinates to locations)
– “Cannot read property ‘documentElement’ of null” Firefox/Chrome inspector error
– Blank / gray / not-loading Store Locator map

**Download update now, avoid any current/future compatibility issues**

WordPress Store Locator is geared to perform on PHP 7

How to Update to v3.99

A) FTP Method:

1) Download the latest Store Locator zip file

2) Go to your site’s WP Admin plugin uploader by navigating to: Plugins > Add New > click “Upload Plugin” button

3) Log into your website via FTP, go to ‘/wp-content/plugins/’ directory and re-name your current ‘/store-locator/’ folder to something like ‘/store-locator.old/’

4) Upload the Store Locator update zip file to the WP Admin plugin uploader (from step #2), and activate Store Locator

B) Easier Update Method (non-FTP):

1) Download this plugin zip file: Store Locator: Update Helper

2) Upload ‘Store Locator: Update Helper’ zip file via WP Admin > Plugins > Add New > click ‘Upload Plugin’ button … then activate it

3) Go to WP Admin > Plugins .. you should now see update notification for Store Locator … update Store Locator

4) Deactivate & delete ‘Store Locator: Update Helper’ via Plugins page

Note: Addons/themes, map settings, custom CSS won’t be affected by either update method.

 

Now you’re updated — moving forward, you should receive automatic update notifications, so you won’t need to perform the above steps again.

Now PHP 7 Compatible

Happy to mention that WordPress Store Locator v3.99’s most important feature is that it is fully PHP 7 compatible and ready to perform on the any server.

Thank you to users for feedback and especially providing compatibility reports detailing potential PHP 7 required updates that may have otherwise been missed.

In addition to PHP 7 compatibility, automatic updates should now be active again for your convenience.

v3.99 Changelog — Other important updates to note:

* Now fully PHP 7.0+ compatible – credit to users for feedback and compatibility reports
* Restored automatic updating functionality
* Adjusted Store Locator admin form input field sizes to fit WordPress 4.7+ styling
* Moved sl_env_var_filt() from readme module to sl-functions file. Helps w/ displaying environment variables
* Added Ukraine as a country/language
* v3.99.1 – Improved retrieving of store data
* v3.99.2 – WP version update, plugin file date update
* v3.99.3 – Improved geocoding; Updated API Key info & link; shortened ‘Tags’ input field for WP 4.7+ styling
* v3.99.4 – Admin interface updates – labeling & displaying addons & latest news feeds for some installs not always displaying them; Improvement for Multiple Mapper – filtering properly; 3rd-tier Addons Platform settings navigation improvement

Download Store Locator 3.99 Now:


Many Map APIs – Update WordPress Store Locator for Smooth Operations

January 15, 2016 - By 

New Year, Resolved Issues — Update WordPress Store Locator

New Year ’16

Greetings to all — Happy New Year — hope that 2016 is off to a great start. This is a quick but informative message to update WordPress Store Locator to at least v3.85 or later in order to make sure not to experience conflicts with WordPress themes, plugins, or frameworks that also include the Google Maps API in their products, but that also unfortunately load the API on every page.

 

Over the Holidays …

Too many maps can cause problems sometimes

It seems that, during approximately the three weeks following Dec 22nd, 2015, there was a quick rise in similar support questions concerning some users’ maps working most times, but sometimes unpredictably. This was caused on a few websites most often by an error in which the Google Maps API was being included mulitple times on one page, leading to unexpected results.

WordPress Store Locator v3.85 and later resolves this problem for pages specific to Store Locator, so once you’ve updated, everything should be fine again.

Download Here or Update Via Your WP Admin Dashboard


Store Locator v3.7 — Improvements With Custom Post Types & Page Builders

September 22, 2014 - By 

Custom Post Types / Statuses / Page Builders

As WordPress becomes more advanced, so do the techniques employed by theme & plugin authors.

To keep in step, noticed that custom post types, statuses, and page builders were sometimes causing some users’ maps not to show up at times by preventing the WordPress Store Locator‘s javascript from loading. Store Locator v3.7+ should fully fix that now.

Download Here or Update Via Your WP Admin Dashboard

Now, all should be fine — if your map is sometimes not loading, make sure to update! The latest version is now v3.8 as of this writing.


Store Locator Addon Notice: Save Template Before Updating Location Pages

August 7, 2014 - By 

Location Pages Users: Save Template File (location-template.php) Before Updating If It’s Been Modified

If you have already made modifications to your ‘location-template.php’ file, save a copy of it to your computer before updating to Location Pages v1.1, released today. It will become ‘location-sample-template.php’ moving forward and will be used as a default template for first-time users.

After this update, your template’s HTML & template shortcode will be stored in the Store Locator’s database, but still modifiable from your Location Pages admin interface.

Great Feedback

Great feedback from our addon users, Early Access members, and regular/non-members in recent months — it has really aided in the development of new addon features and learning what users are looking forward to. Just released WordPress Store Locator v3.5 today, with many base Store Locator and major addon updates as a result.


Tutorial: How to Use File Transfer Protocol (FTP)

May 9, 2014 - By 

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”)

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…”

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)

(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)

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.


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

November 30, 2013 - By 

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!

October 15, 2013 - By 

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

 

 


New in v2.3 & v2.4 — Additional Options for Map Interface

September 17, 2013 - By 

New Map Interface Options

Versions 2.3 & 2.4 have introduced options for updating the message seen by your website visitors if:

  1. No locations are found during a Store Locator search
  2. The initially searched location doesn’t exist

Additionally, for those choosing to load locations by default, you can now determine whether to show both the map markers and the listing of results on initial load, or just the map markers.

Translation Template Also Has Been Updated

All languages are welcome, especially since new text has been introduced since Store Locator v2.0, you can download in here: [download#13#nohits]


August 2013 Recap: Good Feedback, Downloads, and Addon Usage

September 9, 2013 - By 

Good Feedback & New Addons Debuting

Yes … I Can Hear You Clearly

It has now been a little over a month since the release of Store Locator v2.0, and it can be certainly said that it was a good month in terms of feedback from you, downloads, and sales of addons.

Great to see how these products are helping users to enhance their client or their own websites by presenting the Store Locator to their website visitors.

 

Continue to Rate Us! Tell Us How Great the WordPress Store Locator Is!

Go to our plugin page, and tell us in a review & rating — we would like to personally thank each one of you! Ratings help us to improve WordPress, and continue development.

And of course, you can always contact us or view the documentation if you have any issues or questions! In fact, let us know what you are looking forward to in future releases!

Some of Best Feedback Thus Far (Public & Private)

Thank you for all your great work!!!! We are a small business and
your helping us keep our lights on!

Date: Aug. 7th, 2013

We’ve been using this plugin for several years. I can tell you that it works great! The author updates the plugin and it has worked through all WordPress version updates since we’ve been using it.

Date: Aug. 26th, 2013

 

Have something great to say too? Tell us what you think!


Important: Make Sure to Update to Store Locator v2.1

August 12, 2013 - By 

Update to Store Locator v2.1

Important: Make sure to update today to Store Locator v2.1 (you can do so from your ‘Plugins’ admin page, or download the latest here).

Details

It has improved transitioning into using Store Locator v2 for all users (both those of you currently using Store Locator v1 and those who are already using an earlier Store Locator v2), so that there is even better display of your locations on your Store Locator page.

Also remember, Google Maps API V2 (used by Store Locator v1) is anticipated to be discontinued by Google by November 19, 2013, so it’s important to soon be using Store Locator v2, which uses Google Maps API V3.  Any questions/problems, make sure to make contact via the contact page.


100,000+ Downloads & Back With WordPress Store Locator 2.0

August 5, 2013 - By 

Greetings All

Good to be back with WordPress Store Locator Version 2.0 — LotsOfLocales™.  A great deal of work and feedback from many of you went into this product after learning many lessons since our launch date back in December 2008  — five years have certainly flown by.

100,000+ Downloads

Additionally, the Store Locator plugin recently reached 100,000 downloads on the WordPress plugin directory!  In the same vein of celebrating the All-In-One SEO Pack plugin’s achievement of being the first WordPress plugin to reach 1 million downloads, also took a few screenshots to commemorate — however, simply completing all to-do’s for version 2.0 was reward enough.

More to Come

More to say in upcoming days, one of them being that it will be required to upgrade to WordPress Store Locator 2.0 (which now uses Google Maps API V3) quite soon, due to the fact that Google may be fully discontinuing Google Maps API V2 by November 19, 2013.

Lastly, all systems …

  1. Upgrade purchases
  2. Documentation
  3. Discussions / Forums
  4. Customizations / Custom-coding

… are either already up and running or should be by early this week.  Currently updating details to reflect many of the new features brought to you by version 2.0 of the WordPress Store Locator.  All the best … and enjoy it!


All Gray / Blank Map Issues Should Now Be Fixed! + Enjoy the Holiday Season

December 3, 2009 - By 

Gray Maps Should Be A Thing of the Past

Fixes

Made many fixes in version 1.2.33 of the Store Locator plugin for the many of you that have been experiencing trouble with gray / blank maps.

It should be 100% fixed now, if you find otherwise, say so here in the comments! Otherwise enjoy. More fixes coming, hoping to speed up development during the Holiday Season.

Go to Store Locator Download Page

Translations

Lastly, the translation template has been updated. Please provide a translation if you create one for your plugin. Here’s the template:

[download#13#nohits]

Leaving you with this! …


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