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

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

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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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Great Things on the Horizon + Continue Giving Suggestions

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On the Horizon ...

Still here working on great improvements for the Store Locator plugin. Thank you all for your great suggestions and requests as always.

For the time being … Have decided to continue to provide updates to Version 1.2 while still concurrently developing Version 1.3, which has been a big undertaking to bring some exciting features.

Additionally, to allow for quicker development, addons will be unavailable starting Friday, Oct. 30rd, 2009 — this will allow improvements to the addon system, and 100% focus on development of new features (many of which we hope to be a surprise), since support is always provided for addons. Themes will still be available however.

In the Meantime…

1) Continue submitting your suggestions — You can do so in the comment section

2) More translations still needed — you can use this translation template to get started: [download#13#nohits] .

… to make translating easier, will most likely set up a dedicated page for translations, so that everyone can see who made the specific translations and also so people can collaborate.

Go to the Store Locator Download Page


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Store Locator 1.2.28.3 is Required for WordPress 2.8.1 and Above

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Quick Note: Please update to at least Store Locator 1.2.28.3 if you decide to use WordPress 2.8.1 and above.
Due to security tightening measures implemented by the WordPress development team, tweaks were made to the Store Locator plugin, and you will reap those security benefits with version 1.2.28.3.

… More updates in the next few days. All your enthusiasm for this plugin is impressive, working hard towards the next phase, including Version 1.3 and beyond …


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Documentation Wiki is Now Live! + New Countries Added in v.1.2.28

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Version 1.3 has the makings of something special. But, with more features, documentation always helps everyone to make full use of it.

Plus, the Wiki format (just like Wikipedia) allows for you to easily contribute your findings, fixes, or hacks to the Store Locator plugin — no login necessary.

Check Out & Contribute to the Store Locator Documentation Wiki:

Many of you have shown some amazing skill in your code contributions through email and in the forum. Please don’t hesitate now to contribute to the newly created Documentation Wiki here:
http://docs.viadat.com

 

Below are the Updated Countries in v1.2.28:

* Austria
* Japan
* Taiwan

Added Countries (as of v1.2.28):

* China
* India
* Hong Kong
* Kenya
* Liechtenstein
* Malaysia
* South Korea
* Thailand

Removed Country (as of v.1.2.28):

* Bosnia and Herzegovina (doesn’t appear to be working anymore)


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New Things to See Since Version 1.2.23 + Version 1.3 is Approaching

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If you haven’t updated up to Version 1.2.23 of the Google Maps Store Locator Plugin, definitely check it out! You will notice two major interface changes: One major change on the administration panel, and one major change to the mapping interface

Administration Panel
The “Map Designer” page has been revamped to be a little cleaner to allow for more logical management of the look and feel of your store locator map.

New Map Designer Page (Click to Enlarge)

Map Interface
The Map Interface now uses the new Zoom and Pan tools provided by Google, which gives your store locators a much sleeker appeal.

Even maps deserve a makeover every now and then

Version 1.3
Version 1.3 is already being worked on, and I must say, I’m liking the new features. Plans are to have it ready no later then end of this month, June 2009.

Any desires, requests for features to be included? Would love to hear them.


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For Those Updating Folder Name to “store-locator/” — Update the URLs of Your Icons Afterwards

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For those of you that have been using the folder “wordpress-store-locator-location-finder/”, there’s been a notice in your dashboard indicating that you should name your folder “store-locator/”. This is because in the near future, “store-locator/” will receive the updates.

However, one note when changing: Go to the “Map Designer” tab and re-select the home & destination icons that you want to use because your store locator will most likely still be pointing to the icons according to the old directory path.

If you are experiencing any other issues when renaming your folder, please comment here — it always helps when others are able to see if they are not the only ones with a specific issue.


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Quick Updater Button Introduced in Google Maps Store Locator Plugin for WordPress Version 1.2.21 — Prevents Deletion of Addons, Themes, and other Extras When Updating

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It’s been quite a while since since an update has been posted here on our blog, and hopefully, updates will start to become more and more frequent. Still working very hard on incorporating all of your feedback into this Store Locator plugin.

One important piece of feedback from many of you that have upgraded with addons and themes has been that the built-in WordPress updater deletes all of your addon and theme folders — and it’s been an inconvenience re-uploading the folders.

Well, now, as of version 1.2.21, a ‘Quick Updater’ button has been added to the ‘News & Upgrades’ page. This button functions almost like the WordPress auto-updater, EXCEPT that it should not remove your addons, themes, and other extras such as icons and languages.

One note though, when adding icons make sure to create a differently named icon instead of simply naming a new icon the same as a default icon so that the new icon does not get overwritten during the Quick Update. Enjoy! Your feedback on the Quick Updater is welcome here.

Go to Download Page | Go to Store Locator WordPress Plugin Page


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Google Maps Store Locator for WordPress Version 1.2.xx – “The Flight of the Bugs”

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Greetings everyone. As always, your feedback has been more than appreciated. Version 1.2 has been dubbed “The Flight of the Bugs” because through each minor revision, we are getting closer and closer kicking out all the major bugs in this plugin.

You may not realize it, but the WordPress Store Locator is very far from it final stage. The next major versions will contain more features, and should allow you do much more.

For now, what we need from you: More complaints, more bug reports — If any little thing doesn’t work properly or something “bugs” you (pun intended), don’t hesitate to respond to this post.


Also, don’t forget, we still would love to have any translation that you may have completed for yourself, even if it’s not complete. Something is better than nothing. For more information on doing a translation, please go here


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Google Maps Store Locator for WordPress v1.2 is out + We have a new address on the WordPress Plugin Directory

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We’ve moved in the Plugin Directory! Check us out now at: http://www.wordpress.org/extend/plugins/store-locator

Go to Download Page | Go to Store Locator WordPress Plugin Page

Changelog:

New Features:

1) Locations show up on the map by default
2) Added option to show and drop-down of all cities that user can search
3) Updated Store Locator Graphical User interface
4) Added option to show or hide Credits / Google Terms bar below map
5) Added ‘Website’ link next to ‘Directions’ Link for addresses that have their URLs properly specified beginning w/’http://’

Bugfixes:

1) Header error messages under “Manage Locations” (formerly “View Locations”) tab resolved
2) Update error for individual addresses under “Manage Locations” resolved
3) Bubble conformity to images and text for each location resolved
4) Issue of not seeing starting location icon for some searches resolved

Continually working to bring you new and better features! Stay tuned.


Hope All Enjoyed Inauguration


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Google Maps Store Locator for WordPress v1.0 is Here

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Finally … It’s Here!

… Without futher delay …

Oreder Buspar From Canada

Go to Download Page | Go to Store Locator WordPress Plugin Page


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Google Maps Store Locator Plugin for WordPress

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UPDATE – December 6th, 2008:
We’ve released Version 1.0, which can be found here: https://www.viadat.com/2008/12/wordpress-store-locator-plugin-v10-is-here/

To stay updated on our latest releases, go here: https://www.viadat.com/store-locator/

We’re currently developing a Store Locator Plugin for the popular WordPress content management system.

Features

This plugin will allow for individuals & companies using WordPress to easily display a store locator of their stores, products, or other locations of interest to their customers and online visitors.

Launch

Development is expected to be completed by late November 2008. Launch will happen shortly thereafter.

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Interested Yet? Questions? Let Us Know

Feature requests, questions, and any other commentary is encouraged below!


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