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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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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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Store Locator Translation Files Wanted (You Might Just Get Something Nice in Return)

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Store Locator Translations are needed to better localize our WordPress Store Locator plugin.

If you have translated it into a different language, make sure to email the PO translation file to info [at] viadat.com … You might even get something nice in return … How does a free Store Locator upgrade sound?

If you would like to translate, but don’t know how, here are some quick steps:

1) Download the Most Recent Translation Template:
[download#13#nohits]

2) Download the program PoEdit:
http://www.poedit.net/download.php

3) Install PoEdit on your computer

4) Open the Store Locator Translation Template using PoEdit

*PoEdit allows you to translate individual phrases in the code, thus you should translate each phrase that appears. Once you’ve finished, and you save the PO translation file, an MO file (Machine-readable version of your human-readable PO file) will be generated. Email both files to us, and tell us what language it is. And you’re finished — simple, correct?

Countries Needed for Language Translation:
* Austria (German)
* Australia (English)
* Belgium (Dutch, French, German)
* Brazil (Portuguese)
* Canada (English, French)
* Switzerland (German, French, Italian)
* Czech Republic
* Germany
* Denmark
* Spain
* Finland
* Italy
* Japan
* Netherlands
* Norway
* New Zealand (English)
* Poland
* Russia
* Sweden
* Taiwan (Chinese [traditional])
* United Kingdom (English)
* United States (English)
* China (Chinese [simplified])
* India
* Hong Kong (English, Chinese [simplified], Chinese [traditional])
* Liechtenstein (German)
* South Korea
* Argentina (Spanish)
* Chile (Spanish)
* Mexico (Spanish)
* Portugal
* Singapore (English, Malay, Chinese [simplified], Tamil)


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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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