Check out our latest pet project, our Solar Installers Directory. Solar Installers Directory is a mobile friendly website hosted on an Amazon S3 bucket. It has full https security, Cloudfront distributed content, and virtually zero server overhead. The locations map is provided by our Store Locator Plus® SaaS service.
About S3 Hosting
Amazon Web Services (AWS) provides high-availability cloud storage via their S3 service. Typically this is used to host off-site content such as backups or data that is not needed on a regular basis. Some people use it to see AWS Cloudfront, a content distribution network, to speed up their sites for images or other content. A lesser-known trick is using the S3 bucket to host a website.
One of the few features that is not currently available for our MySLP SaaS users is the dynamic location details pages that are hosted on WordPress sites. Users that employ the Pages feature of the Power add on can link the web links for locations shown in the locator to a SEO friendly details page hosted on the website for every location in the database.
Another important feature of the Pages interface is the ability to list all pages that have been generated in a directory format via the [slp_pages] shortcode. This list provides an easy way to show locations without requiring site visitors interact with the map interface.
More Page Listing Controls
With the 4.9.14 release of the WordPress plugins, the Power add on now provides even more control over the page listings. When using the default “full listing” style, which shows the entire page template one-after-another, there are some new options available.
Hide The Map
Hide the map, is one such option. Most users opt to show a map showing where the business is when a user looks at the details page. However, loading a dozen maps stack one on top of another on a page listing slows down page rendering. The new no_map attribute allows you to turn the map on or off as needed.
Custom CSS Classes
In prior releases web designers could style the layouts for the page listings by adding custom CSS to their WordPress theme and reference the Store Locator Plus specific classes that wrap the page list as well as the SLP classes that wrap each individual page entry.
In the Power 4.9.14 release users can now replace the previously “hard-coded” Store Locator Plus classes used with these HTML elements with their own class names. This can be especially useful when using WordPress themes that are built on a standard library such as the common 12-column Grid Layouts in Foundation, Vuetify, and Bootstrap. That means you can let the theme’s default row and column controls manage the layout for the page listings instead of writing tedious responsive CSS rule stacks just for Store Locator Plus.
A built-in feature on all Store Locator Plus products from the free WPSLP downloadable plugin to the fully managed MySLP service is one-click deployment of new interface styles. Our locator Style Gallery server is updated form time-time-time with new styles you can try as well as tweaks to existing styles.
We cleaned up the styling for the hours that are displayed in the results listing , placing them on their own line in the results output. This update is available to all MySLP and WPSLP users.
We also cleaned up the Directory Landing Page for users that employ the directory feature for WPSLP Power.
The change is immediately available to the following locator styles:
Don’t worry, if you selected a locator style already it will not change even if we update your selected style on our server. If you want to update your selected style to or latest version you must select a different style from the plugin gallery first, then re-select the style you were using.
Keep in mind that some styles in our Style Gallery will change your locator settings. The styles that change settings clearly note that they will do so in the description. Read the descriptions before clicking that “Activate” button.
How To Select A New Style
For MySLP start from Advanced Options in your dashboard.
For WPSLP start from Store Locator Plus on your admin login.
Go to Settings > View
In the Appearance section you will see a list of available styles from our Style Gallery.
Hover over the bottom edge of the “card” showing the style information and click the Select button when it appears.
How To Update Your Style
Follow the above steps and start by selecting a locator style that you are not currently using.
Follow the above steps and re-select the style you were using originally. This will re-load the style and the settings from our gallery server.