Finally! E-Commerce sites powered by Drupal will now have a store locator! Yes! Seeking aid from the Google’s store locator utility library, Commerce Guys recently developed an ‘easy to install and configure’ store locating module, a must-have for every Drupal programmer. The newfound store locator is currently operational on two websites namely, American Association of Birth Centers () and American Bank of Texas (). You can catch a live demo here. However, many users who have already tried this module have several questions ringing in their mind. This post answers some such commonly raised questions. Have a look.
I don’t have a store. Is the store locator still useful for me?
Don’t let the name ‘Google Store Locator’ confuse you. It is, in fact, a service which can locate anything and everything with a physical address. It was devised keeping the business fraternity in mind, but you can locate just about anything using this service, including the nearest restaurant or ATM.
I have thousands of stores! Now what?
We see this question coming from a huge business conglomeration. Well, the good news is that the scalable content management capabilities of Drupal allow you to list as many stores as you wish to, starting from 1 of course!
I get most of my business from out-of-towners. And most of them don’t know where they are!
Google Store Locator has a solution for this too, and it is called Location Awareness. If you activate the Location Awareness feature in your locator, every time your users try to locate you on a map, their browser will prompt them to fetch in their location details. Once they share their respective locations, the locator will remember it in the best possible manner and readjust your location on the map accordingly. This will facilitate the users in visually locating the store in their vicinity.
Location Awareness sounds good! But what about the costly logos I have in place? A generic map with no flavor is such a bore!
This is a no-fuss business. You can easily add custom marker items to your location. All you need to do is to find a suitable image and upload it.
What is it the Store Locator can’t do?
Well, it can’t let you add multiple marker icons. However, for those with a chain of stores, it renders the option of tagging stores with features. Thanks to the Feature Filter, your end user will then be able to sort your stores based on their features such as 24 Hrs Open, Near to X Place etc.
Are you still in doubts? Try out the Drupal store locator modules for yourself and experience an unique facet of Drupal development!