For latest news and updates please follow @MapsMarker on Twitter!

Hotfix for “W3 Total Cache” issue since v0.9.5

The popular W3 Total Cache plugin was updated to v0.9.5 today. Unfortunately this update does not consider backward compatiblity for functions lots of other plugins – including Maps Marker Pro – are depending on. This is why updating to W3TC 0.9.5 can make parts of your WordPress backend unaccessible and you will the see the following error in the content area instead:

Fatal error: Call to undefined function w3_instance()...

As we are currently in the last steps of preparing the upcoming releases, we decided to publish a hotfix for this issue. That hotfix has been added to the current pro v2.7.3 release – so if you have downloaded Maps Marker Pro after Sep 26th, you are not affected from this issue and do not need to apply the hotfix. If you downloaded Maps Marker Pro before Sep 26th (and updated to W3 Total Cache v0.9.5) you need to follow this tutorial to apply the hotfix:

As an alternative you can also edit the file /wp-content/plugins/leaflet-maps-marker-pro/inc/compatibility-checks.php directly and delete the W3TC compatibility check (on line 65-94 for v2.7.3)

Please be aware that the tutorial above only applies to Maps Marker Pro – if you are looking for a tutorial on how to apply the hotfix for Leaflet Maps Marker, please click here.

We are sorry for this inconvenience. For future version we will try to make sure that our code runs properly even if function from third-party plugins are removed or not accessible anymore…

Pro v2.7.3 – focusing on compatibility and bugfixes – is available

This release focuses on the Google API changes which are in effect since January 22nd 2016 and helps fixing related potential issues.

An update to the latest version is – as always – highly recommended. For more details about this release please see below.


Let us know what you think about this new release by submitting a review or leaving a comment below!

If you want to keep up to date with the latest Maps Marker Pro development, please follow @MapsMarker on twitter (= most current updates), on Facebook, Google+ or subscribe to news via RSS or via RSS/email.

We would also like to invite you to join our affiliate program which offers commissions up to 50%. If you are interested in becoming a reseller, please visit https://www.mapsmarker.com/reseller


Now let´s get to the highlights of pro v2.7.3:

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 Maps Marker Pro. 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:

deregister-warning

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”:

deregister-setting

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
  • list of markers-searchbox now also supports enter to start a search (thx Jeff!)
  • show loading indicator when using search in list of markers (thx Jeff!)

Bugfixes

  • 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

Known issues

Geolocation feature does not work anymore with Google Chrome 50+ unless your site is securely accessible via https

With Chrome 50 Google made a significant change to the geolocation support of its browser: all applications requesting the current position of the user (not just for Maps Marker Pro´s geolocation feature) are only allowed anymore to retrieve the current position of the user if the site is setup to be delivered securely via https – users will see the following warning instead:

geolocation-error-info

See more details about this decision by Google at https://developers.google.com/web/updates/2016/04/geolocation-on-secure-contexts-only. Geolocation will still work on non-https sites if the users access the site via alternative browsers like Firefox, Safari or Internet Explorer – anyway it could be likely that those browsers will also add a similar security restriction in the future.

So if you need the Maps Marker Pro geolocation featue on your site (which with v2.7 even gets more usable as you can sort the list of markers based on the current position of the user), it is strongly advised to migrate your site to https. Some hosters already provide free https certificates from letsencrypt.org for example. For configurations needed within your WordPress site in order to configure it to support https, please have a look at tutorials like https://css-tricks.com/moving-to-https-on-wordpress/.

As https has more advantages for your site than just geolocation working again with Google Chrome 50+ (like securing the data integrity, sender authentication and user privacy as well as higher Google ranking as https is used as ranking signal), we strongly advise to switch your site to https only if you haven´t done so yet.

Translations updates

Thanks to many motivated contributors, this release includes the following updated translations:

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 €249 as a compensation for completing the translation to 100%.

Outlook – plans for the next releases

Please understand that we are not able to promise any release dates for new features. The roadmap for major new features gives you an idea where Maps Marker Pro is heading – anyway we just want to keep the flexibility to add optimizations and bugfixes with rather unplanned minor releases resulting mostly from users feedback.

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.

Full changelog

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
list of markers-searchbox now also supports enter to start a search (thx Jeff!)
show loading indicator when using search in list of markers (thx Jeff!)
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
Translation updates
In case you want to help with translations, please visit the web-based translation plattform
updated German translation
updated Russian translation thanks to Ekaterina Golubina (supported by Teplitsa of Social Technologies – http://te-st.ru) and Vyacheslav Strenadko, http://slavblog.ru

show all available changelogs

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”. The pro plugin checks every 12 hours if a new version is available. You can also manually trigger the update check by going to Plugins and clicking on the link “Manually check for updates” next to “Maps Marker Pro”:

manual-update-check

If you do not see the link “Check for updates” and are using a version below 1.7, please update manually once by downloading the current package from https://www.mapsmarker.com/download-pro and overwritting the existing plugin files on your server via FTP. This might be needed on several hosts, which use outdated SSL libraries, which prevent Maps Marker Pro from making a secure connection to retrieve the update package from mapsmarker.com. Pro v1.7 includes a workaround for those kind of servers and the following updates should work again as usual. If you are affected and need help, please open a support ticket.

How to verify the integrity of the plugin package

SHA-256 hash value:

FDDB1847E0880F89DFCD3F947F4ECCA6CBB4DB058298BA422686BA631783246F

Click here for a tutorial on how to verify the integrity of the plugin package (recommended if the plugin package for a new installation was not downloaded from https://www.mapsmarker.com – verification is not needed though if the automatic update process is used)

Additional update notes for beta tester

No additional steps are required if you are updating from a beta version.

Pro v2.7.2 – compatibility and bugfix release – is available

v2.7.2 is a compatibility and bugfix release which focuses on increasing the overall usability on frontend and backend. I would especially like to thank all users reporting issues and plugin conflicts which could also be solved with this release.

An update to the latest version is – as always – highly recommended. For more details about this release please see below.


Let us know what you think about this new release by submitting a review or leaving a comment below!

If you want to keep up to date with the latest Maps Marker Pro development, please follow @MapsMarker on twitter (= most current updates), on Facebook, Google+ or subscribe to news via RSS or via RSS/email.

We would also like to invite you to join our affiliate program which offers commissions up to 50%. If you are interested in becoming a reseller, please visit https://www.mapsmarker.com/reseller


Now let´s get to the highlights of pro v2.7.2:

new bulk action to delete assigned markers on layer edit page

On the layer edit pages you now can delete assigned markers from the table in bulk:

bulk-delete-layers-page

Thank Chris for that valuable feedback!

add compatibility setting for maps to load correctly in proprietary tab solutions and hidden divs

Maps Marker Pro already supports displaying maps properly in tabs created with jQuery UI tabs and bootstrap tabs. What caused us some headaches so far were proprietary tab solutions or maps being loaded in hidden divs and shown by click on demand – this could result in maps not being fully loaded.

So with v2.7.2 we now added a new general compatibility settings at Settings / Misc / General Settings:

tab-compatibility-setting

Please enable this setting only if you are experiencing issues with maps in proprietary tab solutions or hidden divs which are displayed on demand.

show error message if users tries to assign a marker directly to a multi-layer-map

The fact that markers cannot be assigned to multi-layer-maps directly, but only to layers which are used in multi-layer-maps, might not be intuitive – especially to new users. With v2.7.2 we tried to improve this by showing an alert info with related information if a user tries to assign a marker to a multi-layer-map:

mlm-assignment-error

Other changes and optimizations

  • “change layer ID” feature on tools page now also updates layer ID used in multi-layer-maps (thx Coen!)
  • removed icon width option for widgets (as icon got distorted)
  • updated minimum recommended PHP version for built-in PHP check to 5.6 – supporting wpupdatephp.com

Bugfixes

  • compatibility for ContactForm7 forms in popuptexts on layer maps
  • upscaling for MapQuest OSM basemaps to zoom level 18+ was broken (thx Michael!)
  • layer maps could be broken if a special settings combination for list of markers was used (thx Lynn!)
  • recent marker widget: show separator lines-, show popuptext- and show icons-options did not work as designed (thx Harald!)
  • recent marker widget: option to set color value for separator line was broken
  • control characters like tabs in marker name could break layer maps with enabled list of markers (thx Peter!)
  • REST API error “The specified user already has API keys or the specified user does not exist.”
  • compatibility check for WP external links plugin did not work anymore since v2.0 (thx Oleg!)
  • trial period independent-access to frontend maps on localhost installations was broken
  • layer(s) assignment-dropdown was not ordered by layer ID on marker edit- and tools-page (thx Coen!)
  • javascript undefined warning for list of markers if nonce has changed
  • “change layer ID” feature on tools page did not update assigned markers since v2.4 (thx Coen!)
  • “list of markers” table on layer edit pages for multi-layer-map with all markers assigned was not displayed correctly

Known issues

Geolocation feature does not work anymore with Google Chrome 50+ unless your site is securely accessible via https

With Chrome 50 Google made a significant change to the geolocation support of its browser: all applications requesting the current position of the user (not just for Maps Marker Pro´s geolocation feature) are only allowed anymore to retrieve the current position of the user if the site is setup to be delivered securely via https – users will see the following warning instead:

geolocation-error-info

See more details about this decision by Google at https://developers.google.com/web/updates/2016/04/geolocation-on-secure-contexts-only. Geolocation will still work on non-https sites if the users access the site via alternative browsers like Firefox, Safari or Internet Explorer – anyway it could be likely that those browsers will also add a similar security restriction in the future.

So if you need the Maps Marker Pro geolocation featue on your site (which with v2.7 even gets more usable as you can sort the list of markers based on the current position of the user), it is strongly advised to migrate your site to https. Some hosters already provide free https certificates from letsencrypt.org for example. For configurations needed within your WordPress site in order to configure it to support https, please have a look at tutorials like https://css-tricks.com/moving-to-https-on-wordpress/.

As https has more advantages for your site than just geolocation working again with Google Chrome 50+ (like securing the data integrity, sender authentication and user privacy as well as higher Google ranking as https is used as ranking signal), we strongly advise to switch your site to https only if you haven´t done so yet.

Translations updates

Thanks to many motivated contributors, this release includes the following updated translations:

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 €249 as a compensation for completing the translation to 100%.

Outlook – plans for the next releases

Please understand that we are not able to promise any release dates for new features. The roadmap for major new features gives you an idea where Maps Marker Pro is heading – anyway we just want to keep the flexibility to add optimizations and bugfixes with rather unplanned minor releases resulting mostly from users feedback.

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.

Full changelog

new bulk action to delete assigned markers on layer edit page (thx Chris!)
add compatibility setting for maps to load correctly in proprietary tab solutions and hidden divs
show error message if users tries to assign a marker directly to a multi-layer-map
“change layer ID” feature on tools page now also updates layer ID used in multi-layer-maps (thx Coen!)
removed icon width option for widgets (as icon got distorted)
updated minimum recommended PHP version for built-in PHP check to 5.6 – supporting wpupdatephp.com
compatibility for ContactForm7 forms in popuptexts on layer maps
upscaling for MapQuest OSM basemaps to zoom level 18+ was broken (thx Michael!)
layer maps could be broken if a special settings combination for list of markers was used (thx Lynn!)
recent marker widget: show separator lines-, show popuptext- and show icons-options did not work as designed (thx Harald!)
recent marker widget: option to set color value for separator line was broken
control characters like tabs in marker name could break layer maps with enabled list of markers (thx Peter!)
REST API error “The specified user already has API keys or the specified user does not exist.”
compatibility check for WP external links plugin did not work anymore since v2.0 (thx Oleg!)
trial period independent-access to frontend maps on localhost installations was broken
layer(s) assignment-dropdown was not ordered by layer ID on marker edit- and tools-page (thx Coen!)
javascript undefined warning for list of markers if nonce has changed
“change layer ID” feature on tools page did not update assigned markers since v2.4 (thx Coen!)
“list of markers” table on layer edit pages for multi-layer-map with all markers assigned was not displayed correctly
Geolocation feature does not work anymore with Google Chrome 50+ unless your site is securely accessible via https (details)
Translation updates
In case you want to help with translations, please visit the web-based translation plattform
updated German translation
updated Lithuanian translation thanks to Donatas Liaudaitis – http://www.transleta.co.uk and Ovidijus – http://www.manokarkle.lt
updated Russian translation thanks to Ekaterina Golubina (supported by Teplitsa of Social Technologies – http://te-st.ru) and Vyacheslav Strenadko, http://slavblog.ru

show all available changelogs

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”. The pro plugin checks every 12 hours if a new version is available. You can also manually trigger the update check by going to Plugins and clicking on the link “Manually check for updates” next to “Maps Marker Pro”:

manual-update-check

If you do not see the link “Check for updates” and are using a version below 1.7, please update manually once by downloading the current package from https://www.mapsmarker.com/download-pro and overwritting the existing plugin files on your server via FTP. This might be needed on several hosts, which use outdated SSL libraries, which prevent Maps Marker Pro from making a secure connection to retrieve the update package from mapsmarker.com. Pro v1.7 includes a workaround for those kind of servers and the following updates should work again as usual. If you are affected and need help, please open a support ticket.

How to verify the integrity of the plugin package

SHA-256 hash value:

4EC2DB8D4FD314166E7F63CA85CC838222DCCEDCD2879DBD3D730E1F47052CAF

Click here for a tutorial on how to verify the integrity of the plugin package (recommended if the plugin package for a new installation was not downloaded from https://www.mapsmarker.com – verification is not needed though if the automatic update process is used)

Additional update notes for beta tester

No additional steps are required if you are updating from a beta version.

Pro v2.7.1 with bugfixes (especially for maps on mobiles) is available

v2.7.1 is a bugfix release which fixes an issue with map zooming on mobile devices and also includes some other minor bugfixes especially for filters that we added with v2.7.

An update to the latest version is – as always – highly recommended. For more details about this release please see below.


Let us know what you think about this new release by submitting a review or leaving a comment below!

If you want to keep up to date with the latest Maps Marker Pro development, please follow @MapsMarker on twitter (= most current updates), on FacebookGoogle+ or subscribe to news via RSS or via RSS/email.

We would also like to invite you to join our affiliate program which offers commissions up to 50%. If you are interested in becoming a reseller, please visit https://www.mapsmarker.com/reseller


Now let´s get to the highlights of pro v2.7.1:

Introducing WPRuby: our official partner for custom Maps Marker Pro development

If you want to extend Maps Marker Pro further beyond its features, we’ve got the Maps Marker Pro APIs ready for you to build upon it. And if you need some help with that, we’ve got that covered now, too: please see https://www.mapsmarker.com/wpruby-com for more details about our new partnership with WPRuby.com.

Other changes and optimizations

  • add CSS class mlm-filters-icon to filter controlbox to allow better & easier custom styling (thx Paige!) 
  • remove default HTML5-URL verification from input field for filter icons to also support URLs starting with // (thx Chris!)

Bugfixes

  • maps could be broken on mobile devices if maximum zoom level was used (thx Giampiero!)
  • uploaded marker icons with custom sizes were not resized to default size in list of markers (thx Patrick!)
  • “duplicate layer and assigned markers” and “delete layer and assigned markers” for single layer maps was broken with v2.7
  • GeoJSON-output for layers was broken if GET parameter full was set to yes
  • confirm-dialogs on backend were partly broken if Italian translation was used (thx Giampiero!)
  • layer row on “list all layers”-page was not hidden if layer was deleted
  • assigned-marker-table at layer edit page was not hidden on “layer duplicate only” and “add new layer” actions
  • backend header navigation was not shown if markers were duplicated from “list all markers”-page
  • WordPress default audio player was not visible in popuptexts on layer maps (thx Jochen!)
  • “used in content” row on marker&layer edit pages was not hidden when duplicating an existing marker/layer

Known issues

Geolocation feature does not work anymore with Google Chrome 50+ unless your site is securely accessible via https

With Chrome 50 Google made a significant change to the geolocation support of its browser: all applications requesting the current position of the user (not just for Maps Marker Pro´s geolocation feature) are only allowed anymore to retrieve the current position of the user if the site is setup to be delivered securely via https – users will see the following warning instead:

geolocation-error-info

See more details about this decision by Google at https://developers.google.com/web/updates/2016/04/geolocation-on-secure-contexts-only. Geolocation will still work on non-https sites if the users access the site via alternative browsers like Firefox, Safari or Internet Explorer – anyway it could be likely that those browsers will also add a similar security restriction in the future.

So if you need the Maps Marker Pro geolocation featue on your site (which with v2.7 even gets more usable as you can sort the list of markers based on the current position of the user), it is strongly advised to migrate your site to https. Some hosters already provide free https certificates from letsencrypt.org for example. For configurations needed within your WordPress site in order to configure it to support https, please have a look at tutorials like https://css-tricks.com/moving-to-https-on-wordpress/.

As https has more advantages for your site than just geolocation working again with Google Chrome 50+ (like securing the data integrity, sender authentication and user privacy as well as higher Google ranking as https is used as ranking signal), we strongly advise to switch your site to https only if you haven´t done so yet.

Translations updates

Thanks to many motivated contributors, this release includes the following updated translations:

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 €249 as a compensation for completing the translation to 100%.

Outlook – plans for the next releases

Please understand that we are not able to promise any release dates for new features. The roadmap for major new features gives you an idea where Maps Marker Pro is heading – anyway we just want to keep the flexibility to add optimizations and bugfixes with rather unplanned minor releases resulting mostly from users feedback.

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.

Full changelog

Introducing WPRuby: our official partner for custom Maps Marker Pro development
add CSS class mlm-filters-icon to filter controlbox to allow better & easier custom styling (thx Paige!) 
remove default HTML5-URL verification from input field for filter icons to also support URLs starting with // (thx Chris!)  
maps could be broken on mobile devices if maximum zoom level was used (thx Giampiero!)  
uploaded marker icons with custom sizes were not resized to default size in list of markers (thx Patrick!)  
“duplicate layer and assigned markers” and “delete layer and assigned markers” for single layer maps was broken with v2.7 
GeoJSON-output for layers was broken if GET parameter full was set to yes 
confirm-dialogs on backend were partly broken if Italian translation was used (thx Giampiero!)  
layer row on “list all layers”-page was not hidden if layer was deleted 
assigned-marker-table at layer edit page was not hidden on “layer duplicate only” and “add new layer” actions 
backend header navigation was not shown if markers were duplicated from “list all markers”-page  
WordPress default audio player- was not visible in popuptexts on layer maps (thx Jochen!)  
“used in content” row on marker&layer edit pages was not hidden when duplicating an existing marker/layer 
Geolocation feature does not work anymore with Google Chrome 50+ unless your site is securely accessible via https (details)
Translation updates
In case you want to help with translations, please visit the web-based translation plattform
updated Catalan translation thanks to Efraim Bayarri, http://replicantsfactory.com, Vicent Cubells, http://vcubells.net and Marta Espinalt, http://www.martika.es 
updated Czech translation thanks to Viktor Kleiner and Vlad Kuzba, http://kuzbici.eu 
updated German translation  
updated Greek translation thanks to Philios Sazeides – http://www.mapdow.com, Evangelos Athanasiadis – http://www.wpmania.gr and Vardis Vavoulakis – http://avakon.com 
updated Lithuanian translation thanks to Donatas Liaudaitis – http://www.transleta.co.uk 
updated Russian translation thanks to Ekaterina Golubina (supported by Teplitsa of Social Technologies – http://te-st.ru) and Vyacheslav Strenadko, http://slavblog.ru 
updated Spanish translation thanks to David Ramí­rez, http://www.hiperterminal.com, Alvaro Lara, http://www.alvarolara.com, Victor Guevara, http://1sistemas.net, Ricardo Viteri, http://www.labviteri.com, Juan Valdes and Marta Espinalt, http://www.martika.es 

show all available changelogs

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”. The pro plugin checks every 12 hours if a new version is available. You can also manually trigger the update check by going to Plugins and clicking on the link “Manually check for updates” next to “Maps Marker Pro”:

manual-update-check

If you do not see the link “Check for updates” and are using a version below 1.7, please update manually once by downloading the current package from https://www.mapsmarker.com/download-pro and overwritting the existing plugin files on your server via FTP. This might be needed on several hosts, which use outdated SSL libraries, which prevent Maps Marker Pro from making a secure connection to retrieve the update package from mapsmarker.com. Pro v1.7 includes a workaround for those kind of servers and the following updates should work again as usual. If you are affected and need help, please open a support ticket.

How to verify the integrity of the plugin package

SHA-256 hash value:

3989501CDD34DC26D87AB8FC76C867CE3B1A0279D9AD64E9F07AE085D2C40550

Click here for a tutorial on how to verify the integrity of the plugin package (recommended if the plugin package for a new installation was not downloaded from https://www.mapsmarker.com – verification is not needed though if the automatic update process is used)

Additional update notes for beta tester

No additional steps are required if you are updating from a beta version.

Introducing WPRuby: our official partner for custom Maps Marker Pro development

wpruby

If you want to extend Maps Marker Pro further beyond its features, we’ve got the Maps Marker Pro APIs ready for you to build upon it. And if you need some help with that, we’ve got that covered now, too:

Long-time Maps Marker developer Waseem Senjer recently launched his site WPRuby, where he leads a team of experienced developers for tailored WordPress solutions.

We’re proud to announce our official partnership with WPRuby for any customized solutions for your Maps Marker Pro project. We took the chance and asked Waseem a few questions:

Q: Elevator pitch time! What does WPRuby do and whom are you doing it for?

Waseem: “WPRuby speaks to companies, freelancers, entrepreneurs – everyone who wants to make their WordPress site more powerful by extending its functionality or integrating third-party services. We develop and customize plugins to your individual needs. We’ve also got a selection of ready-to-use plugins we sell and support.”

Q: What kinds of customizations are you creating for Maps Marker Pro customers? Can you give us a few examples?

Waseem: “We customised the visualized search for PTFindr, a London-based webservice that helps you find your perfect personal trainer according to your fitness goals, location and budget.  

WPRuby also helped with the customization of both the iOS app and the website of DIY Fly Fishing, based on the Maps Marker Pro API, where passionate anglers can discover and share ideal fishing spots.”

If you’ve got any questions about powering up your Maps Marker Pro project, check out WPRuby or get in touch with Waseem via waseem@wpruby.com

Pro v2.7 with support for multi-layer-map filtering on frontend & more is available

True to the motto: “good things need time” we used the last 5 months to implement the most requested feature: support for toggling the visibility of markers on frontend 🙂 For a quick demo of this new feature, please have a look at our updated demo site.

We are really proud of this new release and consider it to be one of the best so far, especially as lots of features on frontend were added which increase the overall usability of Maps Marker Pro. Special thanks to Waseem Senjer who did a great job in implementing most of the new features! 

Waseem now also leads the new WordPress developer team at https://wpruby.com/ and we will announce an official partnership soon: this will allow you to also benefit from their expertise for custom developments based on Maps Marker Pro – especially if your requirements are too specific to be added as an feature to one of the next releases of Maps Marker Pro. More details will be announced in a separate blog post within the next few days. Stay tuned!

An update to the latest version is – as always – highly recommended. For more details about this release please see below.


Let us know what you think about this new release by submitting a review or leaving a comment below!

If you want to keep up to date with the latest Maps Marker Pro development, please follow @MapsMarker on twitter (= most current updates), on FacebookGoogle+ or subscribe to news via RSS or via RSS/email.

We would also like to invite you to join our affiliate program which offers commissions up to 50%. If you are interested in becoming a reseller, please visit https://www.mapsmarker.com/reseller


Now let´s get to the highlights of pro v2.7:

support for multi-layer-map filtering on frontend

With v2.7 you can add a new filter controlbox to your multi-layer-maps which allows you to dynamically toggle the visibility of each layer´s markers on frontend:

map-only-600px

In order to achieve this, we enhanced the backend for layer edit pages by added a new option for the filter controlbox visibility and 3 new rows which allow you to customise the filter controlbox:

mlm-backend-preview

new row “add layer to filter controlbox?”

Possible values are no/yes (checked)/yes (unchecked).

  • If “no” is selected, the layer will not be shown in the filter controlbox.
  • If “yes (checked)” is selected, the markers from the related layer get loaded automatically (see 3 layers from the screenshot above for an example).
  • If “yes (unchecked)” is selected, the layer will get added to the filter controlbox, but not being selected by default and related markers not being loaded yet (see layer “appartments” from the screenshot above for an example).

new row “icon url for filter controlbox”

If you add an URL to an image within this row, this image will be added to the filter controlbox. See the follow screenshot for an example:

icon-url-examples

new row “name for filter controlbox”

By default the name of the checked layer map will be used for the name in the filter controlbox. Anyway if you want to use a custom name for the layer name in the filter controlbox, you can add one within the according row for each layer.


Related new settings

Within Settings / Map Defaults you will find a new section called “Filter settings for multi-layer map”:

filter-settings

You can specify where the new filter controlbox will be displayed and also select attributes you would like to be shown within the controlbox. In addition you can set specific sort orders for active and inactive layers, defaulting to “marker count”.

Last but not least: please note that existing multi-layer-maps are not updated automatically! If you want to add a filter controlbox to an existing multi-layer-map, please open the map on backend, adjust the settings accordingly and save the map once.

support for paging and search in the list of markers below layer maps

In addition to the filters for multi-layer-maps we also enhanced the list of markers below layer maps to be more usable:

help-list-markers

The list of markers now changes dynamically, interacting with the new filter controlbox for multi-layer maps. So the list will update automatically to the markers currently visible on the map.

In addition the list of markers also now supports paging, allowing users to scroll through all markers assigned to a map. The default value for new installations for markers per page is 10. If you did not make a fresh installation but an update of Maps Marker Pro to v2.7, this value is still set to 100 (if you did not change it) and can be changed via Settings / Map Defaults / “List of markers settings” by changing the option “Default number of markers for paging”:
default-number-paging-listmarkers
User can in addition also change this value dynamically on frontend by changing the according number in the footer row of the table.

The list of markers now also supports search, allowing the users to search the available markers based on markername, popuptext and address (full text search).

Last but not least, a sort order dropdown was added, allowing users to change the sort order for the list of markers dynamically.

Related settings

Within Settings / Map Defaults / “List of markers settings” you will find all related (new and updated) settings.

The default sort order for the list of markers can be set by the option named “Order list of markers by”:

settings-order-list-of-markers-by

We also added a new section for the so-called action bar allowing you to customise its appearance according to your needs:

settings-action-bar

support for sorting list of markers based on current geolocation

As you might have noticed from the screenshot above, we enhanced the list of markers to also allow ordering of markers by current position of the user viewing the map. This allows great new usecases like navigating a user with his mobile to your nearest store.

use marker zoom level for centering markers on layer maps by clicking on list of markers-links

The behaviour of the links in the list of markers has also been changed with v2.7. By default if a user now clicks on the marker icon or marker name in the list of markers, the map centers on the requested marker AND uses the specific marker zoom level instead of the layer zoom level – allowing you to better customise your layer maps according to your needs.

If you want to use the layer zoom level instead when centering a marker, please change the new related setting “Zoom level to use for centering markers” which can be found at Settings / Map Defaults / “List of markers settings”:

settings-zoom-level-list-of-markers

RESTful API allowing you to access some of the common core functionalities

Maps Marker Pro now also offers a complete RESTful API allowing you to access some of the common core functionalities in Maps Marker Pro. For full documentation and usage examples please visit https://www.mapsmarker.com/restapi

Javascript Events API for LeafletJS to to attach events handlers to markers and layers

Maps Marker Pro includes a javascript API which can be utilized by developers to attach events handlers to markers and layers.

The JS Events API has three main methods which can be used to access the maps by javascript code. Basically, you are free to apply any capability on the Map object existed in the Leaflet library reference. For full documentation and usage examples please visit https://www.mapsmarker.com/jseventsapi

“resize map link”-button allowing you to restore the map to its initial state

As maps get much more dynamic on frontend with v2.7 we also added a new home button which allows to restore the original state of the map (zoom level, location and clustering status are reset):

home-button

By default this button gets only displayed if the map view is changed. This behaviour can be changed via Settings / Map Defaults / “Control Options” by changing the following related settings:

settings-home-button

option to center maps on popup centers instead of markers when opening popups

With v2.7 we also added the new setting “center map on popup” which can be found at Settings / Map Defaults / “Default values for marker popups”:

settings-center-popup

This setting is set to true by default and was added to solve issues with popups on map margins, where autopanning did not work properly.

show edit-marker-link as image in list of markers for each marker on backend and frontend

If the user is allowed to edit a marker map (can be defined at Settings / Misc / Permission Settings), he can now also use the edit links to open a marker map on backend which are automatically added to the list of markers on frontend:

edit-link-list-markers

new tool: marker validity check for layer assignements to verify if markers are assigned to layers that do not exist (anymore)

On the tools page you will find a new tool called “Marker validity check for layer assignements”:

tool-marker-validity-check

With this tool you can check if any markers exist that are assigned to layers that do not exist (anymore). This can happen if you deleted a layer but did not update the assignements of the related markers.

Using this tool is generally not required, especially as we added additional verifications with former releases that this does not happen by a default usage of Maps Marker Pro. Anyway if you are using one of the APIs to manage your maps and missing markers on some layer maps for example, this tool can help analysing and fixing this issue.

Other changes and optimizations

  • improved Google maps performance by reducing laggy panning (thx rcknr!)
  • shortcode parameter highlightmarker now also centers layer maps on marker coordinates (thx Carlos!)
  • replaced GPX proxy transient with nonce to better support multiple consecutive map edits without timeouts
  • replaced add_object_page() with add_menu_page() as former will be depreciated with WordPress 4.5
  • AJAX search on “list of markers” page on backend now also shows if no matches have been found
  • layer import: show next layer ID which would be used and helptext for copying markers and layers from one site to another (thx Oliver!)
  • bulk action for duplicating layer+assigned markers now displays warning if multi-layer-map is selected (thx Angelo!)
  • security hardening for import/export & gpx proxy by adding additional user permission checks (thx Giuseppe!)
  • updated jQuery timepicker addon from v1.5.5 to v1.6.1 (bugfix release, full changelog)
  • proper semantic usage of admin notices (error/warning/success/info) and consistent display above header table on all plugin pages
  • “open popup”-links in the list of markers below layer maps now also change URL for better shareability (by adding ?highlightmarker=… – thx Peter!)
  • better performance on marker edit pages due to optimized loading of custom TinyMCE CSS stylesheets
  • remove Google Adsense integration feature as javascript adsense library has been retired (thx Niall!)
  • updated leaflet locate control from v0.4.5 to v0.4.9 (bugfix release, full changelog)
  • updated bing maps codebase (changelog, thx brunob!)
  • enhanced MMPAPI to also support delete_markers parameter for delete_layer and delete_layers function
  • AJAX support for deleting a layer from “list all layers”-page (no reload needed anymore)
  • new “tap” & “tapTolerance” maps interaction options (enables mobile hacks for supporting instant taps) – thx Mauricio!
  • new “bounceAtZoomLimits” maps interaction option (to disable bouncing back when pinch-zooming beyond min/max zoom level)
  • CSS class lmm-icon-download-gpx for download-gpx icon (to prevent conflicts with stylesheets for mobile devices)
  • confirmation prompts before performing bulk delete actions on “list all markers”- and “list all layer”-pages
  • new interaction option to enable scrollWheelZoom for fullscreen maps only (thx iamjwk!)
  • support for highlighting markers also on fullscreen layer maps by using the URL parameter ?highlightmarker=
  • add paging support on layer edit pages for the table below the editor (listing all assigned markers)
  • show error instead of failing silently if Bing layers return with an error

Bugfixes

  • permission settings: backend menu was not visible for contributors (capability: edit_posts) even if correct permissions were set
  • MapsMarker Web API: layer assignments for markers were not saved correctly (thx Janne!)
  • </div> was not set if GPX panel was disabled, resulting in issues on certain themes (thx Dirk!)
  • bottom admin notice after layer/marker updates was shown on top of edit table since WordPress 4.4
  • latest news from mapsmarker.com for admin dashboard widget was broken since Yahoo Pipes! was discontinued
  • depreciated notice in error logs if PHP 7+ is used (thx Chris!)
  • workaround for maps in WooCommerce tabs was broken since last WooCommerce tabs plugin update (thx Richard!)
  • QR code links in list of markers below layer maps were broken if Google was set as QR code provider (thx Niall!)
  • background color, margin and padding for basemap controlbox was overridden by some themes
  • issues with other plugins using an older version of the same plugin update checker library (thx Yahnis!)
  • map view was not centered on marker if GET-parameter ?highlightmarker=… was used
  • license validation could be broken if HHVM was used (thx Alex!)
  • “used in content” row on marker&layer edit pages was not hidden when creating a new marker/layer
  • occasional incomplete loading of map tiles for minimap on mobile devices
  • minimap toogle icon being distorted due to CSS conflicts with selected themes
  • PHP warnings when using importer with enabled test mode and disabled geolocation

Known issues

Geolocation feature does not work anymore with Google Chrome 50+ unless your site is securely accessible via https

With Chrome 50 Google made a significant change to the geolocation support of its browser: all applications requesting the current position of the user (not just for Maps Marker Pro´s geolocation feature) are only allowed anymore to retrieve the current position of the user if the site is setup to be delivered securely via https – users will see the following warning instead:

geolocation-error-info

See more details about this decision by Google at https://developers.google.com/web/updates/2016/04/geolocation-on-secure-contexts-only. Geolocation will still work on non-https sites if the users access the site via alternative browsers like Firefox, Safari or Internet Explorer – anyway it could be likely that those browsers will also add a similar security restriction in the future.

So if you need the Maps Marker Pro geolocation featue on your site (which with v2.7 even gets more usable as you can sort the list of markers based on the current position of the user), it is strongly advised to migrate your site to https. Some hosters already provide free https certificates from letsencrypt.org for example. For configurations needed within your WordPress site in order to configure it to support https, please have a look at tutorials like https://css-tricks.com/moving-to-https-on-wordpress/.

As https has more advantages for your site than just geolocation working again with Google Chrome 50+ (like securing the data integrity, sender authentication and user privacy as well as higher Google ranking as https is used as ranking signal), we strongly advise to switch your site to https only if you haven´t done so yet.

Translations updates

Thanks to many motivated contributors, this release includes the following updated translations:

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 €249 as a compensation for completing the translation to 100%.

Outlook – plans for the next releases

Please understand that we are not able to promise any release dates for new features. The roadmap for major new features gives you an idea where Maps Marker Pro is heading – anyway we just want to keep the flexibility to add optimizations and bugfixes with rather unplanned minor releases resulting mostly from users feedback.

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.

Full changelog

support for multi-layer-map filtering on frontend (yeah!)
support for paging and search in the list of markers below layer maps
support for sorting list of markers based on current geolocation
RESTful API allowing you to access some of the common core functionalities
Javascript Events API for LeafletJS to to attach events handlers to markers and layers
enhanced MMPAPI to also support delete_markers parameter for delete_layer and delete_layers function
“resize map link”-button allowing you to restore the map to its initial state
new tool: marker validity check for layer assignements to verify if markers are assigned to layers that do not exist (anymore)
AJAX support for deleting a layer from “list all layers”-page (no reload needed anymore)
new “tap” & “tapTolerance” maps interaction options (enables mobile hacks for supporting instant taps) – thx Mauricio!
new “bounceAtZoomLimits” maps interaction option (to disable bouncing back when pinch-zooming beyond min/max zoom level)
CSS class lmm-icon-download-gpx for download-gpx icon (to prevent conflicts with stylesheets for mobile devices)
confirmation prompts before performing bulk delete actions on “list all markers”- and “list all layer”-pages
new interaction option to enable scrollWheelZoom for fullscreen maps only (thx iamjwk!)
support for highlighting markers also on fullscreen layer maps by using the URL parameter ?highlightmarker=…
option to center maps on popup centers instead of markers when opening popups (hopefully fixing autopan issues with markers at map borders)
use marker zoom level for centering markers on layer maps by clicking on list of markers-links (can be changed to layer zoom in settings)
add paging support on layer edit pages for the table below the editor (listing all assigned markers)
show error instead of failing silently if Bing layers return with an error
show edit-marker-link as image in list of markers for each marker on backend and frontend
improved Google maps performance by reducing laggy panning (thx rcknr!)
shortcode parameter highlightmarker now also centers layer maps on marker coordinates (thx Carlos!)
replaced GPX proxy transient with nonce to better support multiple consecutive map edits without timeouts
replaced add_object_page() with add_menu_page() as former will be depreciated with WordPress 4.5
AJAX search on “list of markers” page on backend now also shows if no matches have been found
layer import: show next layer ID which would be used and helptext for copying markers and layers from one site to another (thx Oliver!)
bulk action for duplicating layer+assigned markers now displays warning if multi-layer-map is selected (thx Angelo!)
security hardening for import/export & gpx proxy by adding additional user permission checks (thx Giuseppe!)
updated jQuery timepicker addon from v1.5.5 to v1.6.1 (bugfix release, full changelog)
proper semantic usage of admin notices (error/warning/success/info) and consistent display above header table on all plugin pages
“open popup”-links in the list of markers below layer maps now also change URL for better shareability (by adding ?highlightmarker=… – thx Peter!)
better performance on marker edit pages due to optimized loading of custom TinyMCE CSS stylesheets
remove Google Adsense integration feature as javascript adsense library has been retired (thx Niall!)
updated leaflet locate control from v0.4.5 to v0.4.9 (bugfix release, full changelog)
updated bing maps codebase (changelog, thx brunob!)
permission settings: backend menu was not visible for contributors (capability: edit_posts) even if correct permissions were set
MapsMarker Web API: layer assignments for markers were not saved correctly (thx Janne!)
</div> was not set if GPX panel was disabled, resulting in issues on certain themes (thx Dirk!)
bottom admin notice after layer/marker updates was shown on top of edit table since WordPress 4.4
latest news from mapsmarker.com for admin dashboard widget was broken since Yahoo Pipes! was discontinued
depreciated notice in error logs if PHP 7+ is used (thx Chris!)
workaround for maps in WooCommerce tabs was broken since last WooCommerce tabs plugin update (thx Richard!)
QR code links in list of markers below layer maps were broken if Google was set as QR code provider (thx Niall!)
background color, margin and padding for basemap controlbox was overridden by some themes
issues with other plugins using an older version of the same plugin update checker library (thx Yahnis!)
map view was not centered on marker if GET-parameter ?highlightmarker=… was used
license validation could be broken if HHVM was used (thx Alex!)
“used in content” row on marker&layer edit pages was not hidden when creating a new marker/layer
occasional incomplete loading of map tiles for minimap on mobile devices
minimap toogle icon being distorted due to CSS conflicts with selected themes
PHP warnings when using importer with enabled test mode and disabled geolocation
Geolocation feature does not work anymore with Google Chrome 50+ unless your site is securely accessible via https (details)
Translation updates
In case you want to help with translations, please visit the web-based translation plattform
updated Czech translation thanks to Viktor Kleiner and Vlad Kuzba, http://kuzbici.eu
updated Danish translation thanks to Mads Dyrmann Larsen and Peter Erfurt, http://24-7news.dk
updated Dutch translation thanks to Marijke Metz – http://www.mergenmetz.nl, Patrick Ruers, http://www.stationskwartiersittard.nl and Fokko van der Leest – http://wandelenrondroden.nl
updated Finnish (fi_FI) translation thanks to Jessi Björk – @jessibjork
updated Galician translation thanks to Fernando Coello, http://www.indicepublicidad.com
updated German translation
updated Greek (el) translation thanks to Philios Sazeides – http://www.mapdow.com, Evangelos Athanasiadis – http://www.wpmania.gr and Vardis Vavoulakis – http://avakon.com
updated Hungarian translation thanks to István Pintér, http://www.logicit.hu and Csaba Orban, http://www.foto-dvd.hu
updated Italian translation thanks to Luca Barbetti, http://twitter.com/okibone and Angelo Giammarresi – http://www.wocmultimedia.biz
updated Malawy translation thanks to Mohd Zulkifli, http://www.caridestinasi.com/
updated Polish translation thanks to Pawel Wyszyński, http://injit.pl, Tomasz Rudnicki, , Robert Pawlak and Daniel – http://mojelodzkie.pl
updated Portuguese – Brazil (pt_BR) translation thanks to Andre Santos, http://pelaeuropa.com.br and Antonio Hammerl
updated Russian translation thanks to Ekaterina Golubina (supported by Teplitsa of Social Technologies – http://te-st.ru) and Vyacheslav Strenadko, http://slavblog.ru
updated Swedish translation thanks to Olof Odier http://www.historiskastadsvandringar.se, Tedy Warsitha http://codeorig.in/, Dan Paulsson http://www.paulsson.eu, Elger Lindgren, http://bilddigital.se, Anton Andreasson, http://andreasson.org/ and Tony Lygnersjö – https://www.dumsnal.se/

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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”. The pro plugin checks every 12 hours if a new version is available. You can also manually trigger the update check by going to Plugins and clicking on the link “Manually check for updates” next to “Maps Marker Pro”:

manual-update-check

If you do not see the link “Check for updates” and are using a version below 1.7, please update manually once by downloading the current package from https://www.mapsmarker.com/download-pro and overwritting the existing plugin files on your server via FTP. This might be needed on several hosts, which use outdated SSL libraries, which prevent Maps Marker Pro from making a secure connection to retrieve the update package from mapsmarker.com. Pro v1.7 includes a workaround for those kind of servers and the following updates should work again as usual. If you are affected and need help, please open a support ticket.

How to verify the integrity of the plugin package

SHA-256 hash value:

E44D59B68C0B3DCF3F0F4417ED426CAED2367FA49A094C2943FA5BB36B8CD420

Click here for a tutorial on how to verify the integrity of the plugin package (recommended if the plugin package for a new installation was not downloaded from https://www.mapsmarker.com – verification is not needed though if the automatic update process is used)

Additional update notes for beta tester

If you upgraded from v2.7-beta1 please go to Settings and save them once, as new options (home button) have been added with v2.7-beta2 which are not saved automatically on beta updates!

Pro v2.7-beta3 with support for multi-layer-map filtering on frontend & more is available

v2.7-beta3 includes all changes from v2.7-beta1 and v2.7-beta2 as well as CSS compatibility bugfixes, fixes for sorting of layers in the filter controlbox and some minor optimiziations under the hood.

Please report any issues by using the helpdesk, leaving a comment or using the contact form.

The final release v2.7 with more detailed release notes is planned to be released on April 30th, depending on issues reported by beta testers.

how to update to 2.7-beta3

Important notice for user upgrading from v2.7-beta1: 
you need to save the settings once manually after the upgrade is finished, otherwise the home button feature will not work on your site!

Warning: although we also test beta releases thoroughly, it is not recommended to install beta versions on production sites! In addition we recommend to backup your site (especially the database) regularly so in case of an issue with this beta release you can always perform a full rollback if needed!

In order to be able to update to this beta release, you first have to set beta-testing in settings / misc to enabled:

beta-testing-setting

As next step after saving your settings, navigate to Plugins and click on the link “Manually check for updates” next to Maps Marker Pro:

manual-update-check

update-now

Finish by clicking on the link “Update now”.

feedback and suggestions?

Please use the helpdesk or contact form for bugreports, feedback or suggestions or leave a comment below – any feedback is welcome!

Pro v2.7-beta2 with support for multi-layer-map filtering on frontend & more is available

v2.7-beta2 includes all changes from v2.7-beta1 and also adds support for a home-button, which allows you to reset the map to its initial state (thx Randall for the feedback!):

home-button

By default this home button only gets displayed if the map view is changed. In Settings / Map defaults / Control Options there is a new setting though which allows you to change this behaviour.

Please report any issues by using the helpdesk, leaving a comment or using the contact form.

The final release v2.7 with more detailed release notes is planned to be released on April 30th, depending on issues reported by beta testers.

how to update to 2.7-beta2

Important notice for user upgrading from v2.7-beta1: 
you need to save the settings once manually after the upgrade is finished, otherwise the home button feature will not work on your site!

Warning: although we also test beta releases thoroughly, it is not recommended to install beta versions on production sites! In addition we recommend to backup your site (especially the database) regularly so in case of an issue with this beta release you can always perform a full rollback if needed!

In order to be able to update to this beta release, you first have to set beta-testing in settings / misc to enabled:

beta-testing-setting

As next step after saving your settings, navigate to Plugins and click on the link “Manually check for updates” next to Maps Marker Pro:

manual-update-check

update-now

Finish by clicking on the link “Update now”.

feedback and suggestions?

Please use the helpdesk or contact form for bugreports, feedback or suggestions or leave a comment below – any feedback is welcome!

Pro v2.7-beta1 with support for multi-layer-map filtering on frontend & more is available

We kindly invite all interested users in testing v2.7-beta1 and reporting any issues by using the helpdesk, leaving a comment or using the contact form.

The highlights of the upcoming release are support for multi-layer-map filtering on frontend, dynamic list of markers below layer maps including paging/search/sorting, a new REST API, a Javascript Events API for LeafletJS as well as lots of other changes especially on frontend with a focus to to improve the overall usability.

We would in particular be interested in feedback about the new feature “multi-layer-map filtering on frontend”. Beta testers are invited to create a new multi-layer-map by ticking the according checkbox on the layer edit page and customizing the contents for the filter controlbox according to their needs:

mlm-backend-preview

The layer map on frontend will as a result have a new filter controlbox in the top right corner and the list of markers now also supports paging as well as search and sorting:

full-map-4-per-page

The final release v2.7 with more detailed release notes is planned to be released on April 30th, depending on issues reported by beta testers.

Please see the end of this post on how to update to v2.7-beta1.

Preliminary changelog

support for multi-layer-map filtering on frontend (yeah!)
support for paging and search in the list of markers below layer maps
support for sorting list of markers based on current geolocation
RESTful API allowing you to access some of the common core functionalities
Javascript Events API for LeafletJS to to attach events handlers to markers and layers
enhanced MMPAPI to also support delete_markers parameter for delete_layer and delete_layers function
“resize map link”-button allowing you to restore the map to its initial state
new tool: marker validity check for layer assignements to verify if markers are assigned to layers that do not exist (anymore
AJAX support for deleting a layer from “list all layers”-page (no reload needed anymore)
new “tap” & “tapTolerance” maps interaction options (enables mobile hacks for supporting instant taps) – thx Mauricio!
new “bounceAtZoomLimits” maps interaction option (to disable bouncing back when pinch-zooming beyond min/max zoom level)
CSS class lmm-icon-download-gpx for download-gpx icon (to prevent conflicts with stylesheets for mobile devices)
confirmation prompts before performing bulk delete actions on “list all markers”- and “list all layer”-pages
new interaction option to enable scrollWheelZoom for fullscreen maps only (thx iamjwk!)
support for highlighting markers also on fullscreen layer maps by using the URL parameter ?highlightmarker=…
option to center maps on popup centers instead of markers when opening popups (hopefully fixing autopan issues with markers at map borders)
use marker zoom level for centering markers on layer maps by clicking on list of markers-links (can be changed to layer zoom in settings)
add paging support on layer edit pages for the table below the editor (listing all assigned markers)
show error instead of failing silently if Bing layers return with an error
show edit-marker-link as image in list of markers for each marker on backend and frontend
improved Google maps performance by reducing laggy panning (thx rcknr!)
shortcode parameter highlightmarker now also centers layer maps on marker coordinates (thx Carlos!)
replaced GPX proxy transient with nonce to better support multiple consecutive map edits without timeouts
replaced add_object_page() with add_menu_page() as former will be depreciated with WordPress 4.5
AJAX search on “list of markers” page on backend now also shows if no matches have been found
layer import: show next layer ID which would be used and helptext for copying markers and layers from one site to another (thx Oliver!)
bulk action for duplicating layer+assigned markers now displays warning if multi-layer-map is selected (thx Angelo!)
security hardening for import/export & gpx proxy by adding additional user permission checks (thx Giuseppe!)
updated jQuery timepicker addon from v1.5.5 to v1.6.1 (bugfix release, full changelog)
proper semantic usage of admin notices (error/warning/success/info) and consistent display above header table on all plugin pages
“open popup”-links in the list of markers below layer maps now also change URL for better shareability (by adding ?highlightmarker=… – thx Peter!)
better performance on marker edit pages due to optimized loading of custom TinyMCE CSS stylesheets
remove Google Adsense integration feature as javascript adsense library has been retired (thx Niall!)
updated leaflet locate control from v0.4.5 to v0.4.9 (bugfix release, full changelog)
updated bing maps codebase (changelog, thx brunob!)
permission settings: backend menu was not visible for contributors (capability: edit_posts) even if correct permissions were set
MapsMarker Web API: layer assignments for markers were not saved correctly (thx Janne!)
</div> was not set if GPX panel was disabled, resulting in issues on certain themes (thx Dirk!)
bottom admin notice after layer/marker updates was shown on top of edit table since WordPress 4.4
latest news from mapsmarker.com for admin dashboard widget was broken since Yahoo Pipes! was discontinued
depreciated notice in error logs if PHP 7+ is used (thx Chris!)
workaround for maps in WooCommerce tabs was broken since last WooCommerce tabs plugin update (thx Richard!)
QR code links in list of markers below layer maps were broken if Google was set as QR code provider (thx Niall!)
background color, margin and padding for basemap controlbox was overridden by some themes
issues with other plugins using an older version of the same plugin update checker library (thx Yahnis!)
map view was not centered on marker if GET-parameter ?highlightmarker=… was used
license validation could be broken if HHVM was used (thx Alex!)
Geolocation feature does not work anymore with Google Chrome 50+ unless your site is securely accessible via https (details)
toggling clustering status on backend does not work for multi-layer-map with filters (workaround: save layer map and reload page)
Translation updates
In case you want to help with translations, please visit the web-based translation plattform
updated Czech translation thanks to Viktor Kleiner and Vlad Kuzba, http://kuzbici.eu
updated Danish translation thanks to Mads Dyrmann Larsen and Peter Erfurt, http://24-7news.dk
updated Dutch translation thanks to Marijke Metz – http://www.mergenmetz.nl, Patrick Ruers, http://www.stationskwartiersittard.nl and Fokko van der Leest – http://wandelenrondroden.nl
updated Finnish (fi_FI) translation thanks to Jessi Björk – @jessibjork
updated Galician translation thanks to Fernando Coello, http://www.indicepublicidad.com
updated German translation
updated Greek (el) translation thanks to Philios Sazeides – http://www.mapdow.com, Evangelos Athanasiadis – http://www.wpmania.gr and Vardis Vavoulakis – http://avakon.com
updated Hungarian translation thanks to István Pintér, http://www.logicit.hu and Csaba Orban, http://www.foto-dvd.hu
updated Italian translation thanks to Luca Barbetti, http://twitter.com/okibone and Angelo Giammarresi – http://www.wocmultimedia.biz
updated Malawy translation thanks to Mohd Zulkifli, http://www.caridestinasi.com/
updated Polish translation thanks to Pawel Wyszyński, http://injit.pl, Tomasz Rudnicki, , Robert Pawlak and Daniel – http://mojelodzkie.pl
updated Portuguese – Brazil (pt_BR) translation thanks to Andre Santos, http://pelaeuropa.com.br and Antonio Hammerl
updated Russian translation thanks to Ekaterina Golubina (supported by Teplitsa of Social Technologies – http://te-st.ru) and Vyacheslav Strenadko, http://slavblog.ru
updated Swedish translation thanks to Olof Odier http://www.historiskastadsvandringar.se, Tedy Warsitha http://codeorig.in/, Dan Paulsson http://www.paulsson.eu, Elger Lindgren, http://bilddigital.se, Anton Andreasson, http://andreasson.org/ and Tony Lygnersjö – https://www.dumsnal.se/

how to update to 2.7-beta1

Warning: although we also test beta releases thoroughly, it is not recommended to install beta versions on production sites! In addition we recommend to backup your site (especially the database) regularly so in case of an issue with this beta release you can always perform a full rollback if needed!

In order to be able to update to this beta release, you first have to set beta-testing in settings / misc to enabled:

beta-testing-setting

As next step after saving your settings, navigate to Plugins and click on the link “Manually check for updates” next to Maps Marker Pro:

manual-update-check

update-now

Finish by clicking on the link “Update now”.

feedback and suggestions?

Please use the helpdesk or contact form for bugreports, feedback or suggestions or leave a comment below – any feedback is welcome!

Pro v2.6.2 – compatibility and bugfix release for deferred loading – is available

Some users reported issues with the new Google deferred loading feature introduced by the last release. We analysed these issues and found that there are some themes which can cause issues if this features is active.

This is why we released v2.6.2 which allows you to disable the deferred Google loading feature and use the old method before v2.6.1. See below for more details.

An update to the latest version is – as always – highly recommended.


Let us know what you think about this new release by submitting a review or leaving a comment below!

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Now let´s get to the highlight of pro v2.6.2:

added option to disable deferred Google Maps API 

If you are using Google Maps by default as basemap for your maps and experience issues displaying those maps on frontend, you can now switch back to the old method of loading Google Maps API scripts. You find this new setting in Settings / Google Maps / Google Maps API:

setting-deferred-google-loading

If you are not experiencing any issues or using OpenStreetMap based maps, it is not recommended to change this setting as otherwise the loadtime of (OpenStreetMap based) maps will increase.

always load map tiles via https if available 

Before this release, map tiles for OpenStreetMap, MapQuest, Mapbox and OGD Vienna were only loaded via https if your WordPress site was also using https. This was not the best approach regarding privacy and security for your sites´s visitors.

With v2.6.2 we now changed this and map tiles for those basemaps are loaded by default via https. Only if you are using a Chinese locale for your WordPress installation, http will be used (as performance issues with https in China have been reported in the past).

Bugfixes

  • marker clustering on maps using Google basemaps by default was broken on certain themes since v2.6.1
  • GeoJSON-output for markers with full=yes was broken
  • restored old headings order (h2+h3+h4) on Settings page as admin notices were not shown correctly on top of page

Translations updates

Thanks to many motivated contributors, this release includes the following updated translations:

  • German translation
  • 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 releases

Please understand that we am not being able to promise any release dates for new features. The roadmap for major new features gives you an idea where Maps Marker Pro is heading – anyway we just would want to keep the flexibility to add optimizations and bugfixes with rather unplanned minor releases resulting mostly from users feedback.

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.

Full changelog

added option to disable deferred Google Maps API loading as some theme compatibility issues were reported
always load tiles for OpenStreetMap, MapQuest, Mapbox and OGD Vienna via https (except if Chinese locale is set as performance issues with https in China have been reported)
marker clustering on maps using Google basemaps by default was broken on certain themes since v2.6.1
GeoJSON-output for markers with full=yes was broken
restored old headings order (h2+h3+h4) on Settings page as admin notices were not shown correctly on top of page
Translation updates
In case you want to help with translations, please visit the web-based translation plattform
updated German translation
updated Russian translation thanks to Ekaterina Golubina (supported by Teplitsa of Social Technologies – http://te-st.ru) and Vyacheslav Strenadko, http://slavblog.ru 

show all available changelogs

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”. The pro plugin checks every 12 hours if a new version is available. You can also manually trigger the update check by going to Plugins and clicking on the link “Manually check for updates” next to “Maps Marker Pro”:

manual-update-check

If you do not see the link “Check for updates” and are using a version below 1.7, please update manually once by downloading the current package from https://www.mapsmarker.com/download-pro and overwritting the existing plugin files on your server via FTP. This might be needed on several hosts, which use outdated SSL libraries, which prevent Maps Marker Pro from making a secure connection to retrieve the update package from mapsmarker.com. Pro v1.7 includes a workaround for those kind of servers and the following updates should work again as usual. If you are affected and need help, please open a support ticket.

How to verify the integrity of the plugin package

SHA-256 hash value:

38E72D6758D615A78F5F4ECA8E2EBCA4A59EAFC1DF8B3EF7B8F92A6003BA5322

Click here for a tutorial on how to verify the integrity of the plugin package (recommended if the plugin package for a new installation was not downloaded from https://www.mapsmarker.com – verification is not needed though if the automatic update process is used)

Additional update notes for beta tester

No additional action required when updating from a beta release to this final release.