Recently updated to WordPress 4.9.9 or 5.0.1 and your CSV file imports for Store Locator Plus® stopped working? It is now fairly common to see a “file type is not permitted” error when uploading files. You can thank yet another “WordPress security feature” — also known as “backwards compatibility break”. This “update” came with absolutely no warning to plugin developers.
This does not affect our Store Locator Plus® SaaS users thanks to our fully managed software stack, so they can rest easy and continue to import locations.
Thankfully our MySLP SaaS service users don’t have to deal with this nonsense, a benefit of having us manage the locator software for them. MySLP users login to their MySLP account, manage locations and map settings, and when they are ready copy the “generate Embed” code and past it into any page, post, or widget on their WordPress site — no plugins needed.
If you are using My Store Locator Plus® pat yourself on the back and take an extra 5 at coffee break today. You don’t need to read this article.
What Store Locator Plus 5 does have is an improved map rendering process that reduces geocoding requests. Since Google switched over to a 100% pay-as-you-go system for EVERYONE , no “free map views or geocoding” even for long-time users, we decided to focus on helping users reduce their monthly Google fees. WPSLP 5 is the first release to work towards that goal.