PublishPress Authors Now Supports Schema Data
The PublishPress Authors plugin can now provide schema data to help search engines find your author information. This is possible if you're using the Yoast SEO or Rank Math SEO plugins.
If you have the PublishPress Authors plugin installed, plus either Yoast or Rank Math, the schema data will be available automatically. No configuration is required.
What is Schema Data?
Schema data in this context is an SEO best-practice. SEO schema data, also known as structured data, is a type of code that can be added to a website to help search engines understand the content on the page.
It uses a standardized format to provide information about the page's elements, such as the title, images, and other media. This can help search engines display rich snippets in the search results, which can improve the visibility and click-through rate of the website.
You can get a good overview of the available options at schema.org. For authors, we are using the “Person” format.
Where does Schema Data show in PublishPress Authors?
The author schema data will appear in two situations:
- On individual posts.
- On author pages.
You can test the schema data for your authors using a tool such as https://validator.schema.org.
- The schema data uses the “Person” type as in the example result shown below.
- The “Name” data is taken from the “Display Name” field inside PublishPress Authors.
- The “Image” data is take from the “Avatar” field inside PublishPress Authors.
If users want to update the name used in their schema data, they should update the “Display Name” field inside the “Author Profile” area. Click the “Avatar” field to update the author's image.
We should say a big “Thank You” to Joost, Jono, and the Yoast team for their help with making this integration possible.