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Allowing users to add their own locations (22 posts)

  1. ashworth102680
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I love this plugin. It does everything we need (almost).

    We have everything setup, and considering going premium and purchasing the addons, but we need to find a way that allows users (frontend) to submit their locations. The company we're building this site for is a manufacturer, and the dealer/retail locations that sell the products are what will be featured on the map.

    Unfortunately, expecting the manufacturer to handle 100% of the data entry for where it's sold is not an option. I'm considering Gravity Forms to post to the plugin's custom post type, but the latitude/longitude portion is what's tripping me up.

    Is there a clever way to accomplish this feat that I'm not seeing? Maybe there's an addon that I haven't heard of that allows this, but really...I'm just trying to get the "add a place" functionality to the frontend, so that users can self-submit their places.

    Sure, the manufacturer (website owner) will be on the hook for moderation of submissions, but I'm trying to figure something out that eases the process and administration experience.

    Thank you in advance for your thoughts!

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/store-locator-le/

  2. imagei
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I am facing the same issue. Need forum users to be able to add/update their locations and info to the locator without being let loose in the dashboard.

  3. ashworth102680
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    @imagei -

    The only solution I've found so far is with a competing plugin (not sure if I'm allowed to mention the name or link here), combined with Gravity Forms (form frontend) with Gravity Forms + Custom Post Type plugin.

    I created a form that matched the custom fields and posts as a draft to custom post type that the plugin uses. When a user submits the form, it saves it correctly to the custom post type for that plugin and shows up as a "location", but the geocoding (lat/long from address) doesn't happen unless you (admin) go in and edit the entry and click "publish".

    It's not the best case scenario, as I'd much prefer that the geocoding (getting latitude/longitude) happens automatically. For our needs, though, we might be cool with this...since we don't want any random user being able to add lots of items to the map without admin oversight.

    We just didn't want to do the data entry...which this accomplishes.

    If there's a way the developer/author can chime in, I'd love to see how this can be accomplished with this plugin, as I like it better than the other one I'm using. Seems like it should be feasible on some level.

  4. imagei
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Our solution only requires the data entry to be available to approved members, so the unauthorised over use issue is side-stepped in our case. We wouldn't even need to approve the data as we could edit or delete as we see fit. It would just be great to avoid all the unnecessary admin also. Right with you on this one.

  5. Charleston Software Associates
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 1 year ago #

    The functionality is feasible, but is purely a matter of "having the time". Paid customization work fees the family and always gets on top-of-the-list. "Would be cool" features like this are added to the "when I have time available". Fortunately I've had some decent paid customization work that is keeping me from getting a greeter job at Walmart, unfortunately cool features like this (and several others I want for my own sites) get delayed.

    If anyone wants to take this on as a coder, I have been adding in extensive hooks and filters to Store Locator Plus so anyone can write an add-on plugin. This is the very method I will use from now on and is how Enhanced Search, Enhanced Results, Tagalong and the new third-party add-on Widget Pack all work.

    Data elements, hooks, filters, CSS, HTML, and JavaScript is documented well enough on the Charleston SW (www.charlestonsw.com) tech pages to get started. Any docs or necessary hooks/filters that are missing I'll be happy to add to assist any developer that wants to tackle this.

    In the meantime, I have it on my "cool new add-on" list. I need to come up with a short name for this add-on and find the time to schedule it. Maybe I can convince the widget author, WithinBoredom to work on it.

  6. imagei
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    No need to justify mate. Dollar keeps the devil from your collar. We're all in the same boat there. It's a biggie though, as far as paid for bolt ons are concerned. Anything that saves admins that amount of time will be worth a bit of 'collar' to them.
    Good luck dude, and for what it's worth, a $25.00 upgrade would have flown out of my pocket here. I'm probably going to pursue a coded plugin add-on solution for this myself, so if you want to drop me an email, I'll keep you in the loop.

  7. Charleston Software Associates
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 1 year ago #

    @imagei - Thanks for understanding. For some reason a lot of people seem to think this is some big company or a dozen people working on the project and that I can do everything in a day.

    Personally I'd love to get this out to the market. It is definitely something that's been asked more than once and shouldn't be too hard to do.

    Some of the other plugins in the works are by 3rd parties. When they are production ready and tested I will list and promote them on my site and integrate it into my existing marketing channels/news feeds. If you're thinking of having someone code this for you and you want to make it into a 3rd party SLP add-on, please keep me updated. You can reach me at http://www.charlestonsw.com/mindset/contact-us/. I'll respond with my direct email.

  8. dunpeal
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I have created a addon for store locator to allow users to submit locations

  9. Charleston Software Associates
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 1 year ago #

    @dunpeal - if you are interested contact me and I can list it on the CSA site. http://www.charlestonsw.com/mindset/contact-us/.

  10. imagei
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Is this addon going to be available via the charlestonsw site?

  11. Charleston Software Associates
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 1 year ago #

    @imagei - I've not heard back from @dunpeal.

  12. Stevie D
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    any update on this, i would love to have this feature!

  13. dunpeal
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hi,
    i have given the code base to lance so he might do something with it

  14. imagei
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Guys, this functionality now exists for SLP. Check this thread.

  15. imagei
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

  16. Charleston Software Associates
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 1 year ago #

    As soon as I finish working on a big customization project (3 weeks of work) this is next on the list.

    I also have the widget pack developer coming by next week to put out a new version of the widget pack.

  17. santolla
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    @ashworth102680 - I need to do the same thing. I need users to be able to add locations to the store locator map. What store locater along with gravity forms did you use????

  18. santolla
    Member
    Posted 11 months ago #

    I just hired a guy to create a module that lets users add locations. I paid the guy 300 dollars, I'm selling it for $20. If anyone wants a copy, email me at iammonkey@inbox.com

  19. ashworth102680
    Member
    Posted 11 months ago #

    Nice @santolla

    Sorry I couldn't reply sooner. July was crazy!

    I think what we ended up doing was Gravity Forms to create a front end form, which created a draft post. Seemed to work well for what we needed, but push come to shove...I would have created something custom if I couldn't find anything that worked.

    Here's what we did:
    http://d.pr/i/YWru/5hLJ8WpK
    http://d.pr/i/40U5/1EqIpInt

    Does your solution integrate directly with the plugin? Did you modify the plugin in any way?

  20. gtm1ldy
    Member
    Posted 11 months ago #

    Ashworth- YOur solution will work fine if you write to the data to the correct columns in wp_store_locator. I have done the same thing. The issue I have (haven't researched a solution yet) is that they do not show up on the locator this way until you go into "manage locations" and update the geocoding. Once you so that, they are live on the locator.

    MIke

  21. johnsimoneau
    Member
    Posted 10 months ago #

    Question before purchasing plugin or addons etc. This is to any of the users above or the developer.

    We use http://wedevs.com/plugin/wp-user-frontend-pro/ which allows our wp users to add location markers to their profiles. That's cool but unfortunately there is no search system so that we can display everyone on a map and search for them by radius etc. Same thing as "stores" but instead our wordpress users. I see all the conversation above and I'm not totally sure of the current state of the plugins functionality or hacks others may have developed. But is there something currently that would use our users location markers in their profiles to hook into this plugin as I'm trying to explain (and probably failing...LOL)?

    We have been searching for a solution for a week or so now and this peeled my eyes back as a "possible" idea. I'm hoping it rings true somehow. Thank you so much!

  22. Charleston Software Associates
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 9 months ago #

    Product support is provided here:
    http://www.charlestonsw.com/forums/forum/support-2/

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