There are five to seven sections under the Settings/Results tab admin panel depending on which add-ons you have activated. Each section describes when and/or where the results will appear under your map.
Not all of the settings will appear if you have the Advance level plan for SaaS or do not have the Experience and/or the Power add-ons for the basic WPSLP self managed plug-in.
You determine the Number of results you want to appear on the map and locator page as soon as the page loads when you have “Show locations at startup” checked. We recommend 50 for most sites unless you have the Premier add-on or Enterprise level plan (if using MYSLP) which allows less clutter on the map by virtue of “cluster markers”.
The next setting is the radius to search initially when “Show locations at startup” is checked. Leave empty to use the map radius default. Recommended : Set to a large number to search everywhere.
And the third setting is : ” Number to show initially.” How many results do you want to show under the map? This is the part that populates the actual information regarding your locations (under or next to your map depending on the style) with the address, website info, phone, etc.
If you are signed up for the MYSLP, the Professional level plan) additional settings can be enabled , for example do NOT show the results until after a search has been performed”. The setting is labeled “Disable Initial directory”
When both are enabled the links for phone numbers are set to the defacto tel: hyperlink and if a phone number contains the text specified by the Phone Extension Delimiter option it will insert a long pause at that point before continuing to dial.
This method uses the oft-support comma placeholder, adding two commas to extend the pause to allow for slower phone systems to catch up and wait for the extension to be entered.
The locations loading indicator shows your visitors that the server is working on returning a list of locations.
Additional loading indicators are available for MySLP Enterprise and WPSLP Premier members. Example of other options loading results if you choose “Loading indicator for Results” or for the map if you choose from dropdown “Loading indicator map”. This feature available for Store Locator Plus Premier Plugin or the SLP SaaS Enterprise customers. The locations loading indicator is enabled by selecting the “Loading Indicator” under Store Locator Plus | Store Locator Plus > Results > Appearance.
The default setting provided by Store Locator Plus.
A circular loading indicator.
Choose the color palette for the loading indicator.
Amber on Light Grey
Blue on Light Grey
Choose where you want the loading indicator to appear while the search is underway. It will replace the locator elements in the map, search, or results box until the locations are loaded.
The Default With Font Tweaks Style is one of the styles that highlights locations and is a good starting point for testing this functionality. You can adjust the layout and styling afterwards to meet your specific design requirements.
WPSLP – Select the Store Locator Plus entry in the side menu.
MYSLP – Select Store Locator Plus in the side menu.
Go to the Settings Tab and select the View subtab.
Click on the activate button on Default With Font Tweaks in the style gallery.
Additional Results Interaction features are available with the MySLP/Enterprise or WPSLP Premier Add On. The results interaction set of features provides a variety of visual cues on the location map to indicate the location a user has clicked when viewing a list of locations., providing a variety of additional options beyond the standard Info Bubble that Store Locator Plus displays when a location is clicked.
Use the Experience add-on to completely disable the Info Bubble under the map and only use these interactive result indicators. When a visitor to your site clicks on the results marker they will see additional information such as description you have entered for that location, in addition to the fields that are populated for the location.
Store Locator Plus includes a default set of data fields that is included with every installation. Various add-on packs add extended data fields.
For ALL extended data fields you can output the data in ANY info bubble, results layout, etc.if you have an add-on pack that allows you to change the layouts (Experience add-on) or if you are using the SLP SaaS Professional level Plan.
The Power Add On for the self managed plug-in, or the Professional Level or higher of the MYSLP SaaS subscriptions include basic search and results reports. When enabled you will see a new Report tab on the Store Locator Plus admin pages. This tab is where you can view and generate locator search reports. See what visitors are searching for and what results are being returned.
Premier Subscribers have access to the Results Header option under the Settings / Results tab in Store Locator Plus. This allows the results listings to be formatted in a tabular output with column headers.
Outputs the HTML + shortcodes before displaying results. You may attach the locations to an HTML element other than the default#map_sidebar div by adding id="add_locations_here" to one of your Results header elements (such as a tag). This works well with the Skywalk Rev 01 Plug-in Style for optimizing the table style results under the map.
Premier subscribers or MYSLP Enterprise level subscribers will see the following features under the Store Locator Plus Settings / Search Panel.
Show Address Guess
If checked, replace the address the customer typed into the address box with what Google thought they meant. This feature is useful if your site visitor is browsing “incognito: or the location sensor is not activated.
Country Influences Guess
When checked , SLP uses the selected Country Map Domain to influence how Google returns the location based on what they think the user meant when entering a search address. Google returns the most searched locations based on an algorithm. This feature is coded to redirect the returned location based on your location data points.
Boundaries Influence Guess
Uses a search boundary to influence how Google guesses what the user meant when entering a search address.
Locations in your data set will show a rectangle that surrounds all of your locations.
Defined Boundary is a rectangle that you define with a map that will appear below.
The default is none, using standard Google address lookup rules.
These features are very useful, especially when you have a mix of some non – standard Zip/postal codes or addresses that otherwise might be hard to find with the basic Google MAP API query.