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The smart Store Locator that's simple to add to your site
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We've added Categories support to our locator so you can break down your large Filter lists into Categories. More info here: https://www.storelocatorwidgets.com/blogpost/20461/Weve_added_Categories_to_our_locator_so_you_can_better_organise_your_Filters
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Recently announced Google Maps platform changes - if you have recently received an email from Google regarding this, please read our blog post here: https://www.storelocatorwidgets.com/blogpost/20459/Recently_announced_Google_Maps_platform_changes
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Rating and Reviews can now be added to your locator

We've had a few requests over the years to integrate third party rating and review widgets with our store locator which we've been happy to help our customers with as part our free onboarding service. However, it's always been a less than ideal solution as the integration between two independent pieces of software is often fragile and can break as a result of changes by third party software developers. So, we decided to integrate a ratings and review system directly into our store locator software as a first class component.

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We're delighted to announce the new look Appearance section in our admin console which now includes the ability to interactively customize the colors and buttons in your Store Locator.

As part of this change we've restructured our admin console menu to make the new controls more intuitive. So, out with the old 'Advanced' menu option and in with two replacement menu options, 'Appearance' and 'Google Sync'. 'Google Sync' now holds the old Google Sync settings which have been broken out from the bottom of the 'Advanced' page into it's own dedicated page. We'll be making some improvements to the Google Sync page soon as well so you can better keep track of synchs that have taken place to your locator.

If you click on the Appearance menu item, you'll see it is now spit into 5 areas:



1. Locator Colors

We've added a completely new settings page dedicated to tweaking the text and background colors used throughout your store locator software.

2. Map Colors

Adjust the map color scheme - you can choose from one of our selection of standard color schemes or import your own from https://snazzymaps.com.

3. Map Markers

Choose from one of our many marker pins or upload your own custom map markers

4. Button Designer

This completely new section allows you to customize the color scheme used for the buttons in your store locator software. You can either choose from a range of standard colors or design your own completely custom color scheme for your buttons to match your business or company branding.



5. Custom Styling

Finally, you can add any Custom CSS on this page to finalise any further styling changes for your locator.
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We create 15 new map markers for you to use with your locator - more details here: https://www.storelocatorwidgets.com/blogpost/20454/New_map_marker_images_released
New map marker images released
New map marker images released
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Improving map appearance for large numbers of locations with Map Marker Clustering

When you have a large number of map markers in a particular area, the map display can appear overly confusing and cluttered. A solution for this which we are now announcing is to combine markers of close proximity into clusters, simplifying the display of markers on the map.

If you'd like to enable marker clustering on your locator, visit the Settings page and set 'Marker Clustering' to 'Enabled' as shown below:
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One question we're frequently asked is how to set the order in which locations are listed when the store locator first loads. Up until now, this was only possible by making a change in the Bulk Import file or by manually setting the Display Order for each location, however we've released a new update to make this a lot easier.

The default behavior of our store locator software when the web page on which it is hosted first loads is to reorder the list of locations by their distance from the centerpoint of the map. This applies to the starting map position as set on the Starting Map View page in our admin console so the location order will always be the same unless this view is adjusted.

We've now added a Setting called 'Initial Location List Order' which defaults to the 'In order of distance from map center' as I've described above. We've added an option for this to be set to 'In alphabetical order' instead which will automatically sort locations in alphabetical order. As soon as a search is conducted either by automatic geolocation (the 'My Location' button) or an address being searched for in the search field then the location order will revert to the distance from the centerpoint of the map as before.

You can still use the Display Order on an individual basis to retain complete control over the list order - for more details on how this works, please see our Support Article on the subject.
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We rolled out a couple of changes today to improve marker appearance and management: https://www.storelocatorwidgets.com/blogpost/20450/Improving_the_resolution_of_marker_images
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