Documentation 2017-07-14T22:21:39+00:00

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Searching for ranges of values

When developing a search interface, sometimes allowing the user to select a range of values is appropriate.  This is often presented as a drop-down list as shown below: This allows the user to select from [...]

TOU Exception Request

Some retailer Websites specifically prohibit scraping.  It is important to honor these requirements and to operate solutions with the boundaries of the seller policy.  Product manufacturers may leverage their good relationship with the retailer and [...]

Lead email bounce handling

When an end user emails a location via our built-in contact forms, MetaLocator generates a record in the Leads database, and also (optionally) delivers that lead via email to the location contact.  If that email [...]

Faster image serving now available

We've recently expanded our image handling capability to store images on fast Amazon Cloudfront backed by Amazon S3 storage servers.  This should be mostly transparent to the majority of users.  One change to the Location [...]

Creating an SMS Interface

This article covers the SMS Interface settings.  These settings should be implemented with the help of a MetaLocator support technician.  SMS Interfaces are available to subscribers to our SMS Locator service. SMS Number: Enter the [...]

Adding “Print Page” To Your Interface

Built into MetaLocator is a ability to print the locator page. This functionality can be engaged by toggling this setting as found in the Form Settings > Show Print Link? = Yes. This will include [...]

Where to Buy Button Integration

Building a product finder with MetaLocator often involves the use of our "Where to Buy" buttons.  When clicked, these buttons display a MetaLocator interface in a modal dialog window, which commonly displays product pricing and availability [...]

How are page views defined?

MetaLocator charges for services in proportion to our customer's utilization of our services.  This is often expressed as the total number of "page views" incurred.  This most accurately reflects our costs and is an important [...]

Adding content to the “No results” message

When no results are found for a user's search, you may want to provide alternative messaging that prompt users to call your location, buy online or similar content other than "No results found".  This can [...]

Updates included in release 3111

Fixed rendering issue with .tabs-ui Added text-based hours rendering Updated location-duplicate manager Added ability to drag a marker into place for a location in place of failed geocoding Added capability to delete unmatched category associations [...]

Google Maps API “Oops something went wrong”

Google recently switched to a pooled quota their Google Maps API used without an API key. As a result, you might see this error: This error indicates that you are using Google Maps without an [...]

Updates included in release 3283

Added Wordpress Sleep option to slow down wordpress API calls. See new "Wait 1 second between API calls" option. Added Wordpress User Agent setting to thwart robot-blocking on Wordpress installations. See new "Spoof User Agent?" [...]

Updates included in release 3265

Fixed issue with encoding HTML in the bulk language editor Added sorting to region section Added Import with Delete option Fixed issue with textarea enter key Added option to disable spinner on Interface loader Fixed [...]

Updates included in release 3252

+Fixed bug with tracking Conversions with a non-numeric value in Google Analytics +Added Pagination to the Revisions screen for performance reasons +Updated related record handling +Fixed issue with offers with no image showing broken image [...]

Showing certain fields in the mobile view only

Sometimes, it's preferable to expose certain fields only in the mobile view.  MetaLocator can show and hide certain fields by using conditional CSS. For example, our mobile views typically collapse to the directory when in [...]

Pull Template feature

MetaLocator can extract the template of your Website from the page on which our Interface installation code is installed.  Subscribers to our SEO Add-on can pull the template from their Website to automatically adapt landing pages [...]

Updates included in release 3007

Added ability to import categories based on the column heading, where the row/cell value contains TRUE or FALSE or 1/0. Added Related Tags feature and {relatedtaglist} Fixed category groups value selection bug Moved piwik account [...]

Hiding the list until a search has been performed

Sometimes its preferable to display a map with the full width and display the map and list after a search has been performed.  This allows the user to see a full breadth of results without [...]