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 »

Styling the CardinalWP home page locator

Since launching the Cardinal Store Locator plugin over a year ago several support requests have been submitted asking how to achieve a look similar to the one at the top of the CardinalWP.com home page. The default color scheme of the locator makes use of blue colors and the location form fields display above the… Continue reading »

Using location data from one site with a Multisite install

If you’re wanting to use location data from one site on a WordPress Multisite install on other sites within the network you can make use of the before and after location query hooks. This scenario also only requires a single site license of the plugin. The following code example could be placed in you’re theme’s… Continue reading »

Sorting initial location results alphabetically

There have been a few support requests related to sorting the initial locations that display within the locator alphabetically so it makes sense to have a tutorial post about it. When using the full map start or default location setting along with the default or other custom post type, the initial display of locations on… Continue reading »

Version 1.4.0 brings more functionality to single location posts

The recent release of version 1.4.0 of the Cardinal Store Locator plugin for WordPress added several new features including a new single location shortcode and widget, a map preview meta box when updating a location and functionality for supporting a reset button and total location results count among several other minor additions. In terms of… Continue reading »