To filter your stores you can choose between store categories or filters. The difference between a category & a filter is this:

  • Store Categories only display in one select field regardless of the levels
  • Store filters can be used to show multiple checkboxes or select fields

The logic operator for query is AND. Means if for example clothing and free parking is checked only stores, that have both filters will be shown.

Create Store Categories

To create store categories go to your backend > store locator > categories. Here you can create a new category with:

  • Name
  • Description
  • Linked to a WooCommerce Category
  • Custom Icon

Create Store Filter

For store filters go to your backend > store locator > filter. Here you can create a new filter with:

  • Name
  • Description
  • Linked to a WooCommerce Category
  • Custom Icon
  • Input Type (checkboxes OR select field)

Only the 2nd level filters will be shown as checkboxes inside the store locator. The 1st level filters will be used as the filter top names.

Means you need to find a name like “facilities”, create the filter and assign your checkboxes like “Free Parking” or Toiltes below this one.

35 thoughts on “Create Store Categories & Filter

  1. Kurt Garrison says:

    I can’t seem to figure out how to uncheck all the Product Categories on first load. It defaults to ‘All Products’ checked. In the settings under Searchbox there is a ‘select default filter category’ but that is only showing the dropdown options. I have 2 filters. One dropdown and one with checkboxes.

    Right now the problem really is that when it loads, even though the first ‘All Products’ is checked it’s not actually showing items checked with All Products. If I uncheck it and then check again it filters correctly. So I either need to fix that so it does filter by All Products on first load OR I need to have all of the filters unchecked on first load. Any help or insight appreciated.


  2. Andrea says:

    we are trying to create a select with custom filters, but in Edit Store Filter page after clicking on Save button it automatically sets Checkboxes.
    Do you have any suggestion?

    • WeLaunch says:

      Please update to latest version. Also you can only set the select type on the very top level of your filter. Not on child store filters.

  3. Rutger Scholten says:


    Is it possible to mark different areas (with different color overlays) in the map.
    For examples different states with stores? So each state gets a color?

    Thank you

  4. peter says:

    I need some help with the icons for the filters.

    So if I select a Custom Icon in a filter (Child), it does not show up in the map. It is always the same standard icon.

    Can you help me out?

    Thank you,

  5. Paul says:

    Hi, we are trying to change the default Longitude and latitude but it doesn’t work. Its very critical because we need to launch the website. Thank you for your quick reply.

  6. Stefanie says:

    Is there any way to remove the “Select a Category” field? I only want my users to be able to filter by radius. Since there are no store categories I think it would look better and be less confusing to users to just remove that field altogether. Thanks!

  7. Emile Jansen says:

    Can the store categorie be added via the import excel file? (separate column?) So the filter-categories are automatically added to the stores via import? I have 1230 stores I’m not assigning the filters manually as you can imagine 😉

  8. filipe says:

    good night, my website doesn’t show categories or filters to the client. already created according to your manual above the categories, but still does not appear for my client, is there anything you can do for him to appear? thank you

  9. Christina says:

    Hi, How can I remove the “:” before emails and phone numbers? I’d like to use an icon vs text in front of the listing info, how can I do that?

  10. Alexa says:

    Hello! First off – I love this plugin. The design is clean and smooth and there are so many options. I am wondering if there is a way in the filter section to have the filters as checkboxes. I saw an example website that had this feature and am curious if it is built into the settings and I am missing it, or if the example I found was custom coded.

    • Daniel says:

      Yes of course filters can be shown as checkboxes. You simply need to set them in the backend to display type “checkbox”.

  11. juan jose says:

    is there a way to assign different color of categories badges depending on the category?
    i am talking about “.store-locator-badge-success” the green bubble showing under the store name with the category text

    • juan jose says:

      Solved, used some CSS on one of the classes. Is the CSS gonna be overwritten if the plugin is updated=??

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