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Suggestions inc. clickable markers on Google Maps
31st March 2014
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Hi Andy,

I'm really enjoying getting this plugin up and working. It's clearly received a lot of thought and work!

As I've been looking through the system, there are a few things (some more straightforward than others) that would make it even better IMHO:

  • Is it possible to add a little pop-up bubble when you click on the markers on the church_admin_map? When you've got a map of the entire church membership it would be really handy to be able to click on a particular marker and see which household it refers to.
  • Is it possible to add a supplementary overlay to the Google Map to indicate the church location and the parish boundary (for CofE churches), like this:
  • https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=http://www.achurchnearyou.com/kml/parish/parish_100381.kml&hl=en&t=m&z=14

  • Could there be a feature to facilitate an annual refresh of the directory, where you click a button in the admin area and it emails each person/household in the database with a unique link to verify and update their contact details.
  • Is there a way using CSS to change the font used in the address-list. Our site uses Arial (sans-serif), but the entries appear in Times New Roman (serif)?

There are also a few things that are on the boundary of being bugs:

  • The 7th and 10th colours for the small group-enabled map appear to be the same
  • If you use the church_admin_map and church_admin_register shortcodes on the same page the google maps clash and neither works
  • The church-map div has a fixed height. If you have lots of small groups these are overlayed on top of any further content on the page (at least that's what's happening on our site). Firefox seemed happier when I unticked the height CSS element for the church-map div.
  • When going to the edit permissions page in the admin area, I get the following error:
  • Warning: Cannot modify header information - headers already sent by (output started at /***/htdocs/wp-content/plugins/church-admin/includes/permissions.php:201) in /***/htdocs/wp-includes/option.php on line 563

Thanks in advance for listening to more of my comments.
All the best
John

11th April 2014
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Hi John

1) Pop up bubble is done 0.5941
2) Overlay - that would be hard as everyone would want different things and it's not simple!
3) Annual refresh - working on it. First I'm adding the ability for households who have a connected wp user account to edit their entry (If you want to beta test that, I'd be grateful!!! - http://www.themoyles.co.uk/201.....own-entry/)
4) CSS on address list - the font isn't specified on the web page and it is Arial on the pdf!
5) 7th and 10th icons - they have different Hex values - but will take another look soon
6) Google clashes - if you say so! I hadn't envisaged wanting to have the both on the same page and they would clash. My javascript is not good enough to stop that happening!
7) Church map div - google requires height and width to be specified. It probably needs a display or position tweak - but not sure what!
8) Permission error - fixed for next release!

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14th April 2014
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Hi Andy,

Thanks for looking at all these things. I'm a bit out of my depth with lots of these things, so I'm grateful for your time.

  • Pop up bubble - doesn't seem to be active in 0.5941 that I just installed.
  • Overlay - I understand the issues with prioritising the most popular features. All it would take is allowing a custom string to the KML that the plugin. I just tried hacking it into the code, but the plugin seems to produce slightly old-fashioned KML that wasn't compatible with the KML file I have from CofE:
  • http://www.achurchnearyou.com/.....100381.kml
    Perhaps best to leave this for now. If I get time I'll rewrite the KML generation code to make it meet the most recent KML standards.

  • Annual refresh - thanks. At the moment we don't have any households connected to wp user accounts so I can't help you there.
  • I think the web page address list issue with CSS is that the text isn't included in <p> tags, and so doesn't pick up the CSS font from our stylesheets. Is the <p> tag required for properly-formed html? This is beyond the limits of my knowledge, but I do know that when I manually inserted <p> tags into your PHP code the issue was resolved!

Kind regards,
John

17th April 2014
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Pop up bubble - try a shift refresh; browsers keep those old copies of the xml file for a while!
KML parish data - that shouldn't be too hard to allow a kml url in the shortcode for the map. Will add it in for next update
Annual refresh - making sure that anyone that edits their entry is logged in is a sensible precaution. If you want people to be able to edit themselves, then I'd suggest you use the create user link in the directory. Self editing is just undergoing testing before update
I'll neaten up the html to make it valid and fix your font issue!

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17th April 2014
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I can successfully add a kml file, but then it overrides the xml member data.
I'd need to parse the file to just grab the outline - but before having a fiddle, I'm not sure just using the COE's kml data without permission is entirely ethical!

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17th April 2014
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Hi Andy, thanks for looking. I've tried a shift refresh and not getting pop up bubbles on the church_admin_map. Did it definitely make it into 0.5941?

As for kml, what I had in mind was a text field in the options where one could paste the kml that was to be inserted into the data that was sent to the Google Map. That way I could grab the parish boundary and church building kml from CofE and paste it into the box in the WP admin area. This static string would then be appended to the dynamically generated position markers data so that the map would include parish boundary, church building, and member locations. Sorry I'm struggling to describe the concept, but have I succeeded in getting the idea across?

Thanks
John

17th April 2014
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Looks like the info window popups missed 0.5941 - but they are good to go with the next update. I just need to do a bit more testing of other features is working properly.

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17th April 2014
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Glad it's not just me being incompetent then 🙂

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