It has been a while since we’ve had updates for the Store Locator Plus® plugin and SaaS service. We’ve been busy over the past year adding new development staff and getting them up-to-speed in order to address new demands presented by the WordPress Plugin Team in order to get Store Locator Plus® re-listed in the plugin directory. Their demands to shore up potential weaknesses in the main plugin turned out to be a major project.
Over the past 8 months the development team has updated nearly 1,000 lines of code in the base plugin. It is important to note that these changes did NOT fix known security breaches or exploits; The changes were done primarily to address hypothetical what-if security concerns in the plugin. While the updates do little to improve security of the plugin and have a minor negative impact on performance, the changes were necessary in order to meet the new WordPress Plugin Team guidelines for getting our plugin re-listed.
Finally, after 8 months of effort we are nearing the finish line. We are now testing an updated 5.13.X prerelease version of the Store Locator Plus® plugin. Once we have finished our own internal testing and all base functionality has been approved, we will re-submit the plugin for re-listing on the WordPress directory.
While this is a milestone that has been in the works for a long time, it is only the first step in many new changes that are planned for the coming year. Our lead architect, along with the rest of the development team, have a lot of great new ideas to improve our product. The 10-year-old technology is ready for an overhaul using modern standards. A vastly improved user experience is in the works as well as a much improved turn-key experience with a tighter WordPress Plugin integration with our SaaS platform.
We are excited to get past this year-long maintenance and security cycle and start building new things for our customers.
In the meantime, if anyone is interested in helping us test the prerelease version of Store Locator Plus® 5.13, please reach out via the contact form and we’ll send you an early release at no charge. Our Premier Subscription holders can already download the prerelease from their account downloads page.
We appreciate your patience while we get things rebooted on the WordPress directory. We look forward to providing improved user experiences and application performance in the coming months.