Hmm... I need to find out myself. I don't know what is the answer to that question. I'll do some Googling and get back to you if I bump into an useful answer. You should email the people at iPage as they probably could give you help..
If they see that the closest store is in a town the next county over does it really matter what county they live in?.
As an example, I live next to the border of the state of Utah. But if I did a search in Wyoming it may show the closest Wyoming store to me is on the other end of state when it is closer to drive to a store into Utah..
Getting your clients together with customers who live close by sounds like it is the goal...
Not really, no..
But a lot of suppliers put their address as different counties than it actually is; but the postcode gives an exact location. as an example, my postcode starts TS6, if I was to search under TS, I would come up with a page which includes the following towns "Billingham, Guisborough, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar, Saltburn-By-The-Sea, Stockton-On-Tees, Trimdon Station, Wingate, Yarm"..
Now all of these are within driving distance, but I could also search on any surrounding postcodes to my area...
If you use the map on main page to zero into an area where they click on the county and then have the drop down on the new page that opens for that county they can then zero in more closely by postal code..
That may work better than having both drop down and image map on the same main page..
From image mapto countyto postal codeto store..
Seems like a natural progression...
Could have a point there. I was going to bin the map and just have 1 drop down with the postcodes, and another with all suppliers listed a-z, just in case someone already knew the name of the store. food for thought though eh !!.
Thanks a lot..
1. good content.
2. remove border fr. map...draws attention away.
3. compress your graphic file..it took a while to load.
4. I personally dont care for frames...but if you use them, make the links uniform...