Short notesThanks for your awesome feedback on version 2.0! I really appreciate both, the feedback and the ideas you share with me. Please keep on doing this and check out the roadmap below on what’s coming next!
- Please read the requirements before you buy (PHP 7, etc.).
- There is no guarantee that Rich Snippets will show up on your search results as this is totally up to the search engines.
Rich Snippets for WordPress version 2.0Yey! I did it: after many years on the market this plugin got a major overhaul and is now ready in version 2.0. Please verify yourself how this plugin can save you a ton of work.
What are Rich Snippets?A Rich Snippet displays additional data such as images, star-ratings, etc. in search results. In order to get this to work, you must incorporate schema.org (in any of the following open standards: microdata, microformats or RDFa, and JSON-LD ) in your web pages. Sounds complicated? Yes, it is. At least for most people who don’t know how to code.
That’s why this the Rich Snippets WordPress Plugin is made for! In Version 2.0 no coding is needed. No single line.
What is schema.org?“Schema.org is a collaborative, community activity with a mission to create, maintain, and promote schemas for structured data on the Internet”. This is what the official website at schema.org says on its home page. The project was founded by Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and Yandex as a shared vocabulary to provide search engines and other applications with structured data. If you add some of the so called schemas to your website, search engines will have a better understanding of the things on your sites. For example, you can tell them:
- where the header is;
- what the main item (like the blogpost content) is;
- who the author of a blogpost is;
- what topic you’re writing about (like product review);
- what rating you give to products and other things;
- and many more.
Is it important for SEO?Of course it is. schema.org is out for years now and has been tested very well. So it’s not a “hype” anymore. Search engines using it frequently as mentioned above:
- Search Engines are showing Rich Snippets that provides more information to the end user (like images, ratings, etc.).
- Google Webmaster Tools shows up structured data in its Search Console website.
How can I add structured data?A few years ago you would have needed at least a deep understanding of schema.org and how to add microdata to your HTML markup. Problems are:
- People don’t know how to add markup.
- People don’t know how to code.
- Some markup can only be included by modifying the theme directly (that means that your theme is no longer updatable out of the box).
- Theme and plugin authors rarely care about schema.org in their own products.
Use the Rich Snippets WordPress Plugin today and you don’t need a single line of code!
Awesome fact in November ‘17From a research paper put together with the team at WordLift, presented at SEMANTiCS 2017, TorqueMag documented that structured data is compelling from the digital marketing standpoint.
For the design-focused website freeyork.org, after three months of using structured data and Rich Snippets on their WordPress website they saw the following improvements:
- +12.13% new users
- +18.47% increase in organic traffic
- +2.4 times increase in page views
- +13.75% of sessions duration.
Isn’t it awesome? You can do it, too! With this plugin.
Who build it?
My name is Florian but you can call me “Flow”.
I’m the developer behind the Rich Snippets Schema Plugin and do general web development for over 17 years now.
About six years ago I’ve specialized in doing WordPress plugins only. And as you might expect: I’m really passionate about what I do (who else can truly say that?).
Hopefully you can feel my passion in the all new Rich Snippets Plugin which is now in version 2! Yey!
This plugin will skyrocket structured data on your site! If you have any questions and/or ideas to make this plugin even better, feel free to contact me. Otherwise: Let’s get started!
RoadmapAs of October 2017 I work on the following two new features which will be shipped in version 2.2. Stay tuned!
- Allow to use Yoast SEO fields on Global Snippets.
- Allow to overwrite fields of Global Snippets on each post.
2.1.4 (Dec. 6, 2017)
2.1.3 (Dec. 3, 2017)
- Fix: Post snippets showed different values (internal caching issue)
2.1.2 (Nov. 30, 2017)
- Fixed the error “Missing parameters: schema_type, return_type” on some hosts (GoDaddy and maybe others)
2.1.1 (Nov. 17, 2017)
- Fixed an issue where properties could not be loaded when WooCommerce is installed
2.1.0 (Sept. 11, 2017)
- Allow to re-activate the old plugin if – in any case – the user still need it.
- Fix issue with post types other than ‘global snippets’ will have hidden publish settings
2.0.0 (Sept. 7, 2017)
- Added Required PHP tab in plugin header. Added readme.txt
- Clear global snippet cache once the user hits the “reinstall predefined” button
- Allow to select a post meta field
- Don’t cache anything from frontend if debug mode is set to ON.
- Fix issue with video preview image is too big on global snippets page
- Updated german language translations
- Add a help message to the global snippet section
- Fix: Adding a ruleset did not work on post-new.php edit screen
- Fix: item properties which allow to select a “thing” should show all schema types
- Fixed issue with plugin not removing its data after uninstallation
- Fixed a PHP fatal error when the plugin tried to use the WP-Buddy API
- Add some more elp descriptions on the settings page
- Move deprecated plugin to its own directory. Otherwise WordPress will recognize it as a standalone plugin during manual upload installation.
- Remove unused code due to the fact that the icon was placed directly into the menu item.
- Remove snip logo from intro page.
- Display users first name on intro page.
- Fix: Do not send the purchase code but use auth headers to send the purchase code in order to get the proper file for updating
- Fix: Got error while updating a file (purchase code must be sent via authorization header)
- Fix an issue where WordPress tries to update a plugin but no plugin URL was received by the API
- Added missing DocBlocks
- Fix: Settings page did not appear when language has been changed
- Added help video
- Fix: bring back settings page after renaming first menu item (!)
- Added snip icon and renamed first menu item. Changed language translations accordingly.
- Fix layout problem in sub-properties
- Fix table layout problem in Chrome
- Load translation files on REST init
- Fix issue of not loading JS files
2.0.0RC2 (Aug. 25, 2017)
- Fix translation errors
- Add “old PHP version” warning on plugin list
- JS: Properly renamed $this to self
- Added missing translation
- Renamed REST routes
- Updated language translations
- Update licensing texts.
- Move view.php to subfolder
- Allow to uninstall the old part
- Remove error logging when doing REST requests to wp-buddy
- Fix PHP warning when WordPress checks for updates internally
- Link to the blogpost that helps users to upgrade
- Fix PHP warnings when plugin gets renamed.
- Back compat: rename main plugin file
- Fix issue where an update has shown up even if there was no update.
- Fix description spelling mistake
2.0.0 RC1 (Aug. 24, 2017)
- Completely rewrote the plugin from the ground up. Old version is still included and marked as deprecated.
1.6.3 (Mar. 19, 2017)
- Fixed an issue where the plugin checks for updates multiple times
1.6.2 (Aug. 12, 2016)
- General compatibility with WordPress 4.6.
- Fix a WordPress warning on
- Fix: load translation files even when the plugin folder has been renamed
1.6.1 (Nov. 30, 2015)
- Fixed an issue with the event example shortcode.
- General compatibility with WordPress 4.4
1.6.0 (Oct. 26, 2015)
- New: Allow to disable shortcodes when feed is displayed
1.5.0 (Aug, 15. 2015)
- New: added uninstall.php for a clean uninstallation
- General compatibility with WordPress 4.3
1.4.8 (Jul, 29. 2015)
- Fix: Some CSS will break the normal “Add media” modal window.
1.4.7 (Jul, 22. 2015)
- Some cosmetical CSS changes
- General compatibility with WordPress 4.3
1.4.6 (Dec, 17. 2014)
- General compatibility to WordPress 4.1 (tested with RC-1)
- Fix: Now allowing to edit “delete_posts” capability
1.4.5 (Nov, 06. 2014)
- Fix: Fixes an issue when used together with wpMandrill (giving you the error: “wp_mail() has been declared by another process or plugin, so you won’t be able to use Mandrill until the problem is solved.”)
1.4.4 (July 15. 2014)
- Replaced a deprecated jQuery function that was used in the plugin
1.4.3 (May 27. 2014)
- Fixed a problem where a post couldn’t be saved when capability handling has been deactivated
- New retina icon in the backend
1.4.2 (Dec, 16. 2013)
- Updated WP-Buddy Framework again. Fixes a bug where the plugin checks for updates too often on certain WP installations
1.4.1 (Nov, 21. 2013)
- Updated WP-Buddy Framework (especially the update functionality which – in some cases – checks for updates too often)
1.4 (Nov, 05. 2013)
- New: Easy-to-use Editor button for WordPress’ built-in visual editor
- Some language updates
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