NGFB / WPSSO – What are “Meta Property Containers”?

The NextGEN Facebook (NGFB) and WordPress Social Sharing Optimization (WPSSO) plugins offer a “Meta Property Containers” option that you can enable / disable under their General Settings > Specific Websites and Publishers > Google / Schema tab. There are several ways to include Schema markup in webpages (see an Introduction to Structured Data from Google for examples):

  • JSON-LD machine-readable scripts for Google (see WPSSO JSON extension).
  • Microdata and RDFa markup of HTML tag attributes in theme templates (not recommended).
  • HTML meta tags in the webpage head section.

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New Plugin – WPSSO Strip Schema Microdata

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.

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WPSSO – Extend The Events Calendar Schema

WordPress Social Sharing Optimization (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.

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NGFB / WPSSO – Twitter Card Updates

NextGEN Facebook (NGFB) version 8.10 and WordPress Social Sharing Optimization (WPSSO) version 3.10 have been released. The Photo Card, Gallery Card, and Product Card were deprecated by Twitter on July 3rd, 2015. NGFB and WPSSO continue to support all current Twitter Card formats, including the Summary Card, Summary Card with Large Image, App Card (exclusive to WPSSO), and Player Card — in both the Free (New) and Pro versions.

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NGFB / WPSSO – Improved Schema Support

NextGEN Facebook (NGFB) version 8.9 and WordPress Social Sharing Optimization (WPSSO) version 3.9 have been released. These latest versions include a new “Theme Integration” tab on the Advanced settings page to help provide better Schema markup support for Developers and/or power-users. By default, Schema itemprop / itemtype markup is added to the <html> element in webpages, but a better location for this markup would be in the <head> element. Unfortunately, WordPress does not have a standard filter for the <head> element (like it does for the <html> element attributes). If your theme provides a filter for the <head> element attributes, and/or you feel confident enough to edit your theme’s header.php template, you will find the settings under the “Theme Integration” tab very useful.

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