Version 1.5.2 Release Notes

Version 1.5.2 of Cardinal Store Locator was recently released, which includes a handful of fixes and a Handlebars dependency update due to a security issue. Three of the four fixes were made in the plugin’s underlying script and the other was a PHP fix where a method in the admin code relating to using the… Continue reading »

Now accepting cryptocurrency purchases

Cryptocurrencies are a fascinating and sometimes controversial subject. The decentralized nature of these currencies is something that I, the creator of Cardinal Store Locator, support and have been following for several years. It was previously possible to purchase a license for Cardinal Store Locator with cryptocurrencies but the feature was disabled in 2019 due to… Continue reading »

Version 1.5.0 Release Notes

It’s been quite a long time since the last version of Cardinal Store Locator was released but the wait is finally over. There were a variety of reasons for the delay but the primary was a goal to include several larger new features and release it altogether as a big new update. Moving forward, future… Continue reading »

Using the new WP-CLI command to import location data from a CSV file

In version 1.5.0 of Cardinal Store Locator new import functionality is available via a custom WP-CLI command. At this point the import functionality is somewhat basic but additional features will be added in the future to support more file types and options. Two new filters are available specific to importing: bh_sl_import_file_args: Allows you to change… Continue reading »

A switch to automatic license renewals

Going forward license renewals for Cardinal Locator will happen automatically. This approach vs. the previous manual renewal system will make license renewals easier all around. The plugin’s pricing will remain the same. There are several reasons for this change including: It simplifies the renewal process. It reduces reminder emails for license holders from three reminders… Continue reading »

Version 1.4.5 and 1.4.6 Release Notes

Cardinal Store Locator version 1.4.5 was released a little over a week ago and version 1.4.6 was released last night as a follow-up to address a couple of minor issues that popped up after the previous release. Version 1.4.5 is a larger update that adds new features, makes improvements, and fixes several issues. One important… Continue reading »

Details on new Google Geocoding API key field

After releasing version 1.4.4 of the Cardinal Store Locator plugin several support requests were submitted about issues with geocoding locations when using the default or alternative custom post type for location data. Prior to version 1.4.4 no key was used for the request because none was required but since Google changed their requirements, the Cardinal… Continue reading »

Important upcoming Google Maps API billing changes

In early May Google introduced what it’s calling the Google Maps Platform, which includes changes to the Maps API. The overall idea of the Platform is simplifying the existing number of APIs available into three main Platform products versus the previous eighteen separate APIs. The important takeaway from this shift for Cardinal Store Locator customers… Continue reading »

Setting up front-end filters with alternate location data sources

One scenario that comes up on occasion in support is the request to set up front-end filters when using an alternative location data source such as local or remote JSON, XML, or KML instead of using the default custom post type to manage location data. When using the default locations custom post type a Filter… Continue reading »

Version 1.4.2 Release Notes

Cardinal Store Locator version 1.4.2 was released earlier today and it includes several additions, a few tweaks, and various updates. The most obvious new addition you will notice is additional hours meta fields if you’re using the default custom post type for your location data. The number of hours fields has been extended from three… Continue reading »