On March 17th 2020, in response to COVID-19 self-isolation trends, Google published new Schema properties for virtual, postponed, and cancelled events. The latest Premium version of WPSSO Schema JSON-LD Markup provides several customization options for these new properties in the Document SSO metabox.
This past month, the Free / Standard versions of WPSSO Core and its WPSSO Schema JSON-LD Markup add-on have also received several new features — most notably, almost all customization options in the Document SSO metabox are now available in the Free / Standard version of WPSSO Core (except for those options that require an integration module from the Premium version to implement, like video service APIs), and the Free / Standard version of WPSSO Schema JSON-LD Markup now includes all 495 supported Schema types!
There are several ways to add Schema aggregate rating markup, but before we discuss the “How”, let’s review what a Schema aggregate rating value actually is. ;-)
The Schema.org website defines the Schema aggregateRating property value as:
The overall rating, based on a collection of reviews or ratings, of the item.
Two things to keep in mind about this:
- That an aggregate rating value is calculated from several customer ratings / reviews for the current webpage content — WooCommerce product reviews, for example.
- Google prefers, and often double-checks, that Schema markup reflects the current content of the webpage. So, if you want to manually set aggregate rating and/or review values in your Schema markup, make sure that these customer ratings and reviews also appear in your webpage content (ie. that these ratings and reviews are visible).
It’s been a very productive two weeks of coding
for both the WPSSO Core plugin
, and it’s WPSSO Schema JSON-LD Markup add-on
. On April 26th – just two weeks ago
– WPSSO Core v4.0.0 was released
, which included support for the new Gutenberg editor. Since then, WPSSO Core v4.1.0, v4.2.0, and v4.3.0 were also released (the last one just today), along with WPSSO JSON v1.25.0 and v1.26.0. In case you missed all the update notices and posts about those versions, the following is a quick summary of the big changes and improvements in both WPSSO Core and its JSON-LD add-on. And at the end of this post, you can also find a summary of our release schedule philosophy, and why we chose to release four big improvements, in four different versions, in just two weeks. ;-)
WPSSO Breadcrumbs Markup (aka WPSSO BC) version 1.0.0 for WPSSO Core was released yesterday. You can install and activate the extension from the SSO > Extension Plugins settings page, download it from the WPSSO website, wordpress.org, or GitHub.
Uses Google’s preferred Schema JSON-LD format.
Most comprehensive Schema BreadcrumbsList markup of any plugin.
Adds Schema BreadcrumbList markup to posts, pages, and custom post types.
Select between using ancestors (page parents, grand-parents, etc.) or categories for breadcrumbs.
No theme function or template files to modify!
Simply activate / deactivate the plugin to enable / disable the addition of Schema BreadcrumbList markup.
The upcoming WPSSO JSON Premium v1.18.0 release (ETA Nov 11-12th) includes new Schema Job Posting options in the Social and Search Optimization metabox and support for the Simple Job Board plugin (along with pre-existing support for the WP Job Manager plugin from Automattic). See the WPSSO JSON changelog for more details.
You’ll find three new Schema Job Posting options in the Social and Search Optimization metabox:
- Job Title
- Employment Type
- Job Posting Expires
If you’re using the WPSSO Schema JSON-LD Markup (WPSSO JSON) extension (and if not, you really should), you may have noticed that Google’s Schema validation tools can pickup additional incomplete / inaccurate Schema markup from your theme templates. WPSSO JSON defines its JSON-LD markup as the “main entity” for the webpage — so Google will prefer this markup over any other found in the webpage — but you may still want to cleanup that incomplete / inaccurate Schema Microdata from your theme templates. The new WPSSO Strip Schema Microdata (WPSSO SSM) extension is a Free plugin that removes Schema Microdata markup from the webpage body section automatically, leaving the Schema JSON-LD markup as the only Schema markup in the webpage.
WPSSO version 3.33.1-1 has been released, along with updates for the WPSSO JSON, WPSSO ORG, and WPSSO PLM extensions.
One of the big features for this new release is the added support for the Schema http://schema.org/Event type and its sub-types (DanceEvent, MusicEvent, etc.), along with integration of The Events Calendar plugin. The Events Calendar plugin already includes basic JSON-LD support, but the WPSSO Organization Markup (WPSSO ORG) and WPSSO Place / Location and Local Business Meta (WPSSO PLM) extensions allow you to include much more detail about the organizer (as an actual Organization instead of a Person), select a performer for the event, along with WPSSO’s standard support for images, videos, etc. The combination of WPSSO Pro and all three Pro extensions can provide extensive Schema markup about your event — see the following Schema JSON-LD markup for an example.