All social and SEO plugins – except one that I know of – use the full size image URL from the WordPress media library when adding image meta tags to the webpage (ie.
twitter:image, etc.), and/or adding images to Schema JSON-LD markup for the webpage. This can be problematic for several reasons…
- The image resolution may be too small.
- The image resolution may be too large and the file size too big.
- The aspect ratio (width or height) may exceed a maximum value.
- The image displayed on the social / search site is center cropped.
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.
WPSSO Core v3.52.0 includes a new “Robots” option for search engines / SEO in the post edit Publish metabox (see the changelog here). Uncheck the “meta name robots” option under the SSO > Advanced > Head Tags List > SEO / Other tab to hide / exclude the “Robots” option from the Publish metabox (enabled by default if no SEO plugin is detected).
This new WPSSO Core version includes a new “Person” role for users – this role is added to all new users by default. You can uncheck the “Add Person Role for New Users” option under the SSO > Advanced > Integration tab to disable this automatic feature (enabled by default). The “Person” role will be used by WPSSO JSON for selects requiring a “Person” role for its Schema markup.
WPSSO Core v3.53.0 also includes fix for the image upscale feature – an incorrectly named variable prevented the proper calculation of the image upscale size.
This article was written back in October of 2014 and no longer represents the currently available Yoast SEO and WPSSO Core plugin features — which have both evolved significantly since 2014.
Schema markup in JSON-LD format, which is not discussed here, has become essential for good SEO. The current Yoast SEO plugin offers some basic Schema JSON-LD markup, while the WPSSO Schema JSON-LD Markup add-on for WPSSO Core goes much, much further (and even includes a Premium version for even more Schema options).
The social sharing aspects discussed in this article (meta tags, images, videos, etc.) from Yoast SEO and WPSSO Core are still mostly relevant, although Twitter has since dropped the Gallery, Photo, and Product cards.
A few years ago, most website visitors came from Google Search results. Plugins designed to optimize your content for Google Search became increasingly popular, and part of many “must have” plugin lists. Recently though, that trend has been shifting, as the percentage of visitors coming from social websites is increasing — often matching and sometimes out-pacing — the number of visitors from Google Search. Traditional Search Engine Optimization (SEO) plugins, like WordPress SEO by Yoast for example, have adapted to this change by stepping away from their core purpose, and re-using their SEO content to generate additional meta tags for social websites. But how good is an SEO plugin at addressing the needs of social websites? We compare WordPress SEO to WPSSO, a dedicated social sharing optimization plugin to find out.