RE: What is the purpose of the multiple dropdowns as they all display the same options and if I do a search after selecting a different category in two of them I get no results.
You should configure only the number of drop downs you wish to have. One for each category parent, so the children will be presented as options. Follow the syntax I gave as an example.
RE: The supplied shortcodes for filtering address fields appear to do the same as selecting these options under search in the connections settings.
Not sure I understand exactly what your are asking. Could you provide an example?
RE: When I remove the”Search String Results” from the SC it still appears in the display.
How do you mean? Can you please provide the exact shortcode you are using and a screenshot of the result you are seeing.
RE: Where to change text for the zipcode label placeholder or is this achieved by adding it to the overall SC.
Add the shortcode
placeholder_zip to the shortcode and set the value to the string you want to be used.
RE: Can the max radius be increased to 25 or is this a limitation by Google
You would use the
radius_options option to default you own radius options. Set the value to the options you wish to use following the syntax provided in the documentation.
RE: Is it possible to add any more search fields dedicated to specific address items or equally to custom fields which I have not yet created.
Only the following supported address fields:
Any custom text fields you might add will be search via the keyword search field if enabled in the Search Settings. Your custom text fields will show as options which will need to be enabled after you register them.
RE: I think that some of my queries may well be down to lack of understanding about how to expand the shortcodes as supplied, could you give just a few examples of such an expansion and I will be able to understand the syntax better and continue my development.
Here’s an expanded example:
[cn_multi_category_search category="x||Default Text in Dropdown|Search Results: %s,y||Default Text in Dropdown|Search Results: %s,z||Default Text in Dropdown|Search Results String" enable_district=true enable_county=true enable_region=true enable_country=true enable_zipcode=true radius_options='5:5 Miles|10:10 Miles|15:15 Miles|20:20 Miles|50:50 Miles' placeholder_zip='Custom Placeholder']
Hope that helps!