This release focuses on the Google API changes which are in effect since January 22nd 2016 and helps fixing related potential issues.
Pro v2.7.3 has also been released today – upgrade today for more features and optimizations.
An update to the latest version is – as always – highly recommended.
Let me know what you think about this new release by submitting a review!
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Now let´s get to the highlights of pro v3.10.6:
enhanced Google Maps API key support
Google has changed the Google Maps API on June 22nd 2016, requiring a mandatory Google API key for all sites, which call the Google Maps API services for the first time after June 22nd 2016 – full details here.
If this is true for your site/domain, you need to register a free API key to be able to continue using Google services on your site. v2.7.3 assists you in verifying this and helping you through this process – in addition to our updated tutorial on how to register a Google Maps API key at https://mapsmarker.com/google-maps-api-key.
compatibility check and option to deregister Google Maps API scripts added by 3rd party themes or plugins
We discovered that this change could also lead to issues, if another plugin or theme also enqueues the Google Maps API – in particular if that implementation does not take your Google Maps API key in account or does not load all libraries needed for Leaflet Maps Marker. As a result maps or address search may not be working anymore.
So in order to prevent this, we added a new compatibility check. If this is true for your site, you will see the following admin notice:
To fix this, you can either manually remove the additional Google Maps API calls from third party plugin or themes or – as we would recommend – enable the new compatibility option “Deregister Google Maps API scripts enqueued by third parties”:
This will call the wp_dequeue_script()-function for all Google Maps API call from third party plugins or themes – preventing them from being loaded.
Other changes and optimizations
- compatibility check for “Page Builder by SiteOrigin” & “Yoast SEO” where a special settings combination is causing maps to break
- compatibility check for Autoptimize plugin was broken as plugin was updated
- “improve map” and “ToS” links on layer maps with Google as basemaps were not clickable
Thanks to many motivated contributors, this release includes the following updated translations:
- Russian thanks to Ekaterina Golubina (supported by Teplitsa of Social Technologies – http://te-st.ru) and Vyacheslav Strenadko, http://slavblog.ru
If you want to contribute to translations (new Hindi translators would be appreciated!), please visit https://translate.mapsmarker.com/projects/lmm for more information.
Please note that translators are also compensated for their contribution – for example if a translation is finished less than 50%, the translator receives a free 25 licenses pack worth €149 as a compensation for completing the translation to 100%.
Outlook – plans for the next release
Please see the roadmap for a rough schedule for planned features of the pro version and please subscribe to this blog (via RSS or Email) or follow @MapsMarker on twitter (= most current updates) if you want to stay up to date with the latest development news.
|compatibility check and option to deregister Google Maps API scripts added by 3rd party themes or plugins|
|compatibility check for “Page Builder by SiteOrigin” & “Yoast SEO” where a special settings combination is causing maps to break|
|enhanced Google Maps API key support which is mandatory since June 22nd 2016|
|compatibility check for Autoptimize plugin was broken as plugin was updated|
|“improve map” and “ToS” links on layer maps with Google as basemaps were not clickable|
In case you want to help with translations, please visit the web-based translation plattform
|Russian thanks to Ekaterina Golubina (supported by Teplitsa of Social Technologies – http://te-st.ru) and Vyacheslav Strenadko, http://slavblog.ru|
How to download / update
The easiest way to update is to use the WordPress update process: login with an user who has admin privileges, navigate to Dashboard / Updates, select plugins to update and press the button “Update Plugins”. Alternatively you can also download the current version here, unzip the package and overwrite the plugin´s files on your webserver.