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Top Five Uses For PrettyRoutesPro

by Josh Sears on December 13th, 2019 under Uncategorized

Create Routes and Polygons for WordPress Maps?

Sure it does that, but did you know it could do more? PrettyRoutesPro is one of our most popular add-ons and a perfect companion to MapifyPro. It works as a free-standing product, or combines with the features included with MapifyPro. Either way, it’s one of the most versatile route-building products for WordPress.

However, some features and uses of this awesome plugin aren’t extremely obvious. So, let’s shed some light on the “Top 5 Maybe you Didn’t Know It Could Do This” features of PrettyRoutesPro!

Unlimited WayPoints For Building Routes

Unlike competing map route plugins for WordPress, PrettyRoutesPro has no limitations on waypoints. Double click to add them manually, or enter the address in the field area, and the route is generated automatically via our GPS API. Drag and drop to perfect your routes, change the color and boom, insta-routes!

Off-Road Routes Mode

Showcase park trails, mountain-biking paths, and other “off the beaten path” adventures! Off-road mode let’s you create any route you like without relying on GPS data. PrettyRoutes will also reference the nearest street while you build off road, which is perfect for connecting to a separate GPD-based “On Road” road to guide your visitors.

Build an Automated Tour

Combined with MapifyPro, you can build a guided tour via the filter feature, which will walk visitors step-by-step through any route. This automated tour can be used on any mobile device in real-time, enriching each tour with photos, video, and detailed information on any landmark or experience along the way.

Poly lines and Custom Shapes

Off Road mode doubles as a “free draw” mode, allowing you to create virtually any shape. Use this feature to outline entire regions, countries and states, or to draw arrows and other shapes on your maps!

A Versatile Library of Routes for WordPress

The flexibility of a complete library of routes—each with their own colors, styles, and modes—that can be placed anywhere in your site can’t be overstated. Include relevant routes within blog articles to showcase a favorite hiking path, or collect a series of routes in a single map. It’s totally up to you as your route library can be combined any way you like within your library of MapifyPro powered maps.

Oh, it’s on sale! Get the best routes for WordPress for a single payment of $8.

That covers the “Top 5 Maybe you Didn’t Know It Could Do This” features of PrettyRoutesPro. Grab this handy little add-on, PrettyRoutesPro, right here for a single payment of only $8 bucks, and start enjoying these awesome features!

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MapifyPro Version 3.2.2 is Live!

by Josh Sears on December 03rd, 2019 under Updates

MapifyPro version 3.2.2 is a significant release that addresses the following:

Fixes:

-Fixed a compatibility issues with Safari v13 that was causing popups to not appear.

-Fixed an issue where search functionality was not working on locations contained within a cluster.

-Misc. compatibility fixes for Safasri v13 and iOS browsers.

New Feature! Hide Locations by Default

What it is: You can now choose to hide all locations by default. This was requested by quite a few customers, and allows a clean, empty map to appear by default. Once a user enters a search or selects a filter, only appropriate locations will appear.

Why it’s awesome: This new feature is perfect for those looking to create a product locator that allows customers to find products in nearby stores, without the distraction of seeing all locations on the map. It creates a cleaner, decluttered look for those maps containing a LOT of locations, and lends itself to a more streamlined user experience. After a search is performed, or a filter is selected, only relevant locations appear to the customer, and that leads to a higher click response and better customer engagement.

If you’re a current subscriber to MapifyPro, be sure to update to version 3.2.2 via your WordPress dashboard. New customer? Get the new feature and the dozens of additional features included with MapifyPro right here.

Filed under: Updates

Site Caching and WordPress Plugin Errors: A Detailed Guide

by Josh Sears on November 18th, 2019 under Tutorials

Site caching is somewhat a plague upon many plugins and website creators. When enabled, it can force your site not to communicate with external servers, which can cause issues within MapifyPro such as:

  • Maps not displaying in admin or front end.
  • Trouble activating the API Key.
  • In image mode, you may receive an “image not supported” message even though your image is properly formatted.
  • Other strange GPS-releated oddities.

If you run into these issues, you’ll want to purge all caches, or possibly even disable and/or delete your site caching plugins. Site caching comes in many forms, and rather than go into depth on these, we’ll link you to the most complete article we’ve found on the topic, as created by our friends at Elegant Themes:

https://www.elegantthemes.com/blog/tips-tricks/how-to-clear-your-wordpress-cache-a-step-by-step-guide

*Note: If you’re not seeing any maps, whether on the front-end or in admin, you may still need to activate your API. You will see a message at the top of your dashboard if this is the case. 

CloudFlare:

Cloudflare is a third party service that optimizes your site and creates an ongoing backup in the case your site crashes. We are in no way affiliated with Cloudflare, but we use it ourselves on MapifyPro.com. However, Cloudflare implements a layer of caching that can effect your maps just like a caching plugin offered by WP-Rocket, WPEngine etc. Here’s an easy tweak on how you get it to play nice with MapifyPro:

Caching settings: No Query String

1. Log into. your Cloudflare account and navigate to the “Caching” Setting from the top menu.

2. Under “Caching Settings”, at the right you’ll see 3 options. Select “No Query String”. See below.

 

3. Save any settings and that’ss it! CloudFlare will now work perfectly well with MapifyPro.

Site caching is here to stay, but using the above tips will help ensure these services play well with all of our plugins and others!

 

Filed under: Tutorials

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