WP Rich Snippets Review: I Used To Love This Plugin But The Developer Abandoned It And It’s Not Compatible With PHP 7.1+

Deciding whether to buy the WP Rich Snippets Plugin?

It’s what I use to add rich snippets to my WordPress posts. I was originally going to settle for All In One Schema.org Rich Snippets but WP Rich Snippets has way more functionality (especially with their add-ons and robust plugin settings), plus the actual design is awesome.

What are rich snippets anyway? They add extra information to your search engine snippets like review stars, videos, or even recipe information. This gets more people clicking on your snippets and visiting your site. I mean come on, which result would you rather click on?

rich-snippets

I wrote this WP Rich Snippets review to show you how it compares to plugins like All In One Schema, how to configure the WP Rich Snippet settings, add rich snippets to posts, and how to use their add-ons to make your markup look even better. When we’re done, you will know how to create beautiful rich snippets that improve click-through rates and increases conversions.

UPDATE
The WP Rich Snippets developer is missing and hasn’t updated the plugin for 2+ years, causing it not to work with PHP 7.1 and higher. I switched rich snippets plugins to WP Review by MyThemeShop and like it much better, as it comes with multiple pre-styled templates, supports all data types, and comes with updates + support. It’s easy to use and has tons of customization options that help you style it to the design you want.

Table Of Contents

  1. Supported Data Types
  2. How The Markup Looks
  3. Installation
  4. Configuring The Settings
  5. Writing Your First Rich Snippet Post
  6. Google Structured Data Testing Tool
  7. Add-Ons

 

1. Supported Data Types

To add rich snippets to WordPress, your content must be one of these supported data typesEvents are the only data type not supported by WP Rich Snippets (in which case you would use the All In One Schema.org Plugin), otherwise WP Rich Snippets will do the job.

  • Articles
  • Recipes
  • Reviews
  • Products
  • Organizations
  • Restaurants
  • Software Application

 

2. How The Markup Looks (On The Actual Post)

A single screenshot won’t justify the amount of flexibility this plugin has, but I did include a couple below. The design depends on the data type you use (eg. review), how you configure the plugin settings, which add-ons you use, and what fields you fill out when marking up the post.

This example showcases a review rich snippet with a video, 4 criteria items, plus the basic (mandatory) fields. You have the option to replace the video with a photo, slideshow, or use no photo at all. With the add-ons you can also customize colors, place the markup anywhere on the page (not just the top), add user reviews, and use multiple call-to-actions buttons (instead of just 1). I recommend at least buying the customizer add-on for $29 (or getting the WP Rich Snippets ultimate plan) so you can incorporate your branding. Here’s what it looks like…

wp-rich-snippets-content-markup

You can also add an image, video, slider, pros and cons, pricing, and other elements. I just like to keep it simple. You will be adding this to the top or bottom of each post you want to markup, or use their box shortcode add-on to add this anywhere in the middle of your posts.

Here’s another example of how it might look at the END of a post…

wp-rich-snippets-for-wordpress

Now compare it to how the All In One Schema.org Plugin looks…

All In One Schema Rich Snippets Markup

I will show you how to markup posts later in this review, but here’s the gist of it:

wp-rich-snippets-plugin

 

3. Installing WP Rich Snippets

The next part of this WP Rich Snippets review will show you how to install the plugin with your license key, configure the settings, then we will start adding rich snippets to pages or posts.

Instructions:

  • Purchase the WP Rich Snippets plan that’s right for you
  • Purchase any add-ons you need (or buy the ultimate plan)
  • Visit your account page to download the plugin and add-ons
  • Upload the plugin and add-ons in WordPress under Plugins → Add New → Upload Plugin, then upload 1 download file at a time

wordpress-plugin-upload

  • In your account page, click on “view licenses”
  • Click on “manage sites” and add your site for each item

WordPress Rich Snippets Account

License Key

  • Go back to your licenses and click the key icons. Copy the “WP Rich Snippets” key and paste it to your “license” settings in your WordPress dashboard. If you’re using add-ons, you will need to download each one from your account tab, upload it to WordPress, then enter your license key for that add-on. You will see a success message.

Rich Snippets Menu

WP Rich Snippets License Key

 

 

 

4. Configuring The Settings

I found most settings are already configured optimally, but I would check the Display tab and enable “display item description below the box” and “show box below content” IF you want WP Rich Snippets to show on the bottom of posts (as oppose to top). It’s just a preference.

WordPress Rich Snippets Settings

If you’re using add-ons, you will see settings for these too…

settings-configuration

 

5. Writing Posts With WP Rich Snippets

Now for the good stuff. Go to a page or post you want to add rich snippets to. Scroll down until you see the the “Schema” section then select the type of rich snippet you want to use in the post. Start by filling in the main tab with the item you are reviewing, and a description. The fields will be different depending on which rich snippet you select. This example is for a review:

wp-rich-snippets-plugin

Details tab lets you add pros and cons (like in the bottom of my post), or a disclaimer.

wp-rich-snippets-details-tab

wp-rich-snippets-pros-cons

Price tab shows the price of the item…

price-tab

Address tab lets you add a Google Map

address-options

Hours tab are simply your business hours…

rich-snippet-hours

Display tab lets you add a featured image, video, or slider. Embedding a YouTube video makes the markup look pretty awesome and increases engagement – which is good for SEO.

Display Criteria

Link tab is where you add a link or affiliate link (which is defaulted to nofollow). If you’re not using an affiliate link, check the “dofollow links” option. The call-to-action add-on enables the “demo links” option which are use to add more than 1 button (see an example here).

Link Criteria

Criteria tab shows what you based your review off of…

Rich Snippet Criteria

wp-rich-snippets-criteria

Author tab shows your name which is required for reviews…

author-tab

 

6. Google Structured Data Testing Tool

The last step is to publish your post and run the URL through Google’s structured data testing tool. You shouldn’t see warnings as long as you have the required fields filled out. If you do, I listed some common solutions below. Keep in mind it will take time for Google to recrawl your WordPress site and show your rich snippets in search results (anywhere from 1-5 days).

Google Structured Data Testing Tool

Common Solutions

  1. For Genesis Framework, install the Schema Removal Plugin
  2. Add the data Google tells you to in their Structured Data Testing Tool
  3. Make sure your WP Rich Snippets key is validated in the settings
  4. Make sure the data is representative of the content on the page
  5. Try adding markup to a few more pages which is suggested by Google
  6. Build your domain authority (add more, better content to your site)
  7. Visit Google’s structured data policies and webmaster guidelines

 

7. Add-Ons

The WP Rich Snippet add-ons are one of the best things about this plugin. You can customize colors, enable user reviews, call to action buttons, and add the markup anywhere in your post (even the middle). The ranking table add-on is also pretty neat. There are 14 add-ons and you will need purchase these individually (though some are free), or buy the ultimate plan like I did.

WooCommerce – advanced features for your eCommerce items plus other integrations. This add-on is has not been released yet but is coming soon.

Shortcodes – add single rich snippets elements anywhere in your posts.

DataTables – very similar to the ranking table add-on (see below).

Software Specs – adds a sidebar widget to showcase your specs, just like this page.

Locations – add schema.org markup for your location and display the Google Map anywhere in your website using a shortcode.

wp-rich-snippets-location-add-on

Box Shortcode – display the entire rich snippets markup anywhere in your post, as oppose to just the top or bottom of the post.

Anonymous User Reviews – if you’re using user reviews (the front-end entry submit add-on below), this allows users to remain anonymous.

Customizer – change the color of ratings, links, buttons, pros and cons, call-to-action buttons.

wp-rich-snippets-customizer-add-on

Front-End Entry Submit – allow users to leave their own review. This is often preferred instead of a simple editor review (which can result in higher rankings since they’re more valuable). Also good if you offer courses so students and customers can review the course.

wp-rich-snippets-user-reviews

User Reviews Image – users can upload an image with their review.

Call-To-Action – adds a section to your markup with the product name, summary, pricing, and demo link(s). If you don’t want a specific item to be shown, you can disable this in the settings.

wp-rich-snippets-call-to-action

Ranking Table – create a ranking table of your reviews, recipes, or anything. I didn’t include photos in this ranking table, but you can if you like.

wp-rich-snippets-ranking-table

Display Rating – displaying a rating by filtering content and excerpts, as shown on the demo.

Compare – similar to the data and ranking table add-on but formatted in a way that helps readers compare products/services.

wp-rich-snippets-comparison-table

I hope you enjoyed my WP Rich Snippets review. If you have any questions they have tons of documentation on writing posts, add-ons, and other topics. Or just leave me a comment. I do WordPress SEO consulting for my job so I bought the ultimate plan to get the add-ons and can use it on multiple sites, but the $69/year plan is good if you’re just starting or want to test it.

Cheers,
Tom

About Tom Dupuis

Tom Dupuis 2017Tom Dupuis writes WordPress speed and SEO tutorials out of his apartment in Denver, Colorado. In his spare time, he plays Rocket League and watches murder documentaries. Read his bio to learn 50 random and disturbing things about him.

25 thoughts on “WP Rich Snippets Review: I Used To Love This Plugin But The Developer Abandoned It And It’s Not Compatible With PHP 7.1+

  1. I came across a plugin recently similar to this, like a person below I upgraded from Author hReview to WPRichSnippets paid quite a bit for a lifetime version. Now when an author just stops with development you can think well maybe the decided to change things up / different direction in life etc. It’s a pain but that’s life.

    What I found though is that this other plugin called Schema Press + Premium version is by the same Hesham Zebida (who appropriately can be seen smoking a cigar in the pic on his site). I tried to post a comment asking why he had abandoned this project to create a new very similar one without apparently suggesting any upgrade offers or anything similar it what seems very close to a kind of scam approach. Funnily enough my comment was never published. Probably so that he can carry on scamming other people…

  2. I recommend to all those who Hesham Zebida been, request reimbursement with paypal. because Hesham Zebida never responds and continues to sell the plugins.

  3. I want to use star ratings only google search results! I don’t want to show on my posts! How can i do it? Please help anyone?

  4. Read this before buying this plugin
    Short answer: NEVER BUY THE PLUGIN

    I bought the plugin in May 2017 as the website suggested to upgrade from their old plugin (Author hReview). So I purchased and upgraded to WP Rich Snippets from Author hReview.

    But I didn’t find any major changes in WP Rich Snippets and asked for the refund. After multiple emails, I got the refund with a single line reply from the developer.

    Exactly after one year in May 2018, my credit card is charged in PayPal for WP Rich Snippets. There is an auto-renewal and I’m not aware of it.

    I tried contacting the developer again for the refund and sadly no reply this time. It already 25 days and he has seen my emails (I used mail tracker) but didn’t care to respond or refund the money.

    Bottom line is don’t buy this plugin for 2 major reasons:
    1. No support from the developer. If you face any issue, you have to figure it yourself or choose an alternative and forget your money.
    2. The plugin has not updated in the last few years.

    1. Amar, I have also rececently been facing issues with him and his plugin. He has not replied to my emails and I have sent him multiple emails addressing complaints from my readers. I am going to change this review.

      1. It looks like he is not maintaining the plugin anymore. Please update the review and stop people falling into his tarp. At least it will save your new readers time and money.

          1. Tom – why did you never update the review?

            It is quite annoying reading your whole review, and only when I take extra time to read the external comments – comments initiated by other people than you – do I find out that there is basically no support for the product (and you agree) – which is typically a “NO GO” for most people.

            This really has given me a bad feeling about your reviews (are they really objective/complete), where I was very positive before from reading several other reviews from you.

          2. Michael,

            Really sorry about not updating the review sooner. I added a disclaimer and gave the plugin low scores on “updates and support. When I wrote it, I didn’t realized these were problems, but time went by and it became clear these were big problems I should have addressed earlier. Totally my fault.

  5. Bought this and have tried to get support since November 2017, with no luck. Tried three times but no answer. Also no updates has been released for nearly a year now. Nice plugin, but no support what so ever. It’s a shame (their blog is however active with new savings ones in a while). I guess it is not worth for me renewing my license…

    1. I agree Morten, yes he should at least release an update once in awhile. My plugin hasn’t been updated either, I send him and email right after you posted this reminding him to take care of his plugin.

  6. Wanted to follow up on my previous comment, no this was just a fluke that the developer got back to me. Left me with unsolved resolutions for how the product operates on an AMP website and with other tech questions/issues the support is no where to be found even though I purchased the “Ultimate” package. Has been over 2.5 months now. I would not recommend this product as support is unlikely if there is a problem.

  7. I purchased wpsnippets and so far very happy, the integration has been easy enough so now will see how long it takes to update on my search results. I almost didn’t purchase the program because of the comment above, but I have had fast 1/2 day responses from the developer so far on a couple different things I emailed him about, so the support has been good for me and would recommend this plugin!

  8. Review of WP Rich Snippets:
    I bought WP Rich Snippets plugin and it works great. Support, on the other hand, NO SUPPORT :( I can’t ever get my support tickets answered, usually there’s just no reply. One time I received a one line sentence that I waited for over a month, and it wasn’t really helpful.

    The plugin works great UNTIL you seek support.

    The site states:
    “Awesome Support – Sometimes folks get stuck! By being a member, you will enjoy our high class support.”

    Don’t believe it.

    – Unhappy customer due to lack of support

    1. Ay, developers that spend so much time on their product but “don’t have time” for support. Sorry to hear about that but I appreciate you sharing this.

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