How to Fix the ‘Missing required hCard / hEntry’ error
Are you getting the Missing required hCard “author” or similar hEntry / microformat error in Google’s structured data testing tool (live results) or in Google Search Console (cached results)? This is an issue with your theme, not with any of our plugins.
To temporarily fix this issue for the author tag, please follow these steps:
- Locate the call to
the_author();in your theme’s single.php file, it might look something like this:
<span class="author_name"><?php the_author(); ?></span>
- Change it so that it has a class
vcard authorand within that another element with a class
fn. The example above would become something like this:
<span class="vcard author author_name"><span class="fn"><?php the_author(); ?></span></span>
As you can see this adds quite a bit of markup, but it would prevent that error from showing. If you are unable to locate or have trouble with this code, please contact your theme developer for assistance.
Missing: updated / entry-title / other
The requested tag is not present in your theme or is incomplete. Please contact your theme developer for assistance.
Can I Turn Off hEntry In My Theme?
In some cases, you may simply want to remove hEntry completely until your theme is updated. By adding this code to your theme’s functions.php file you will remove hEntry from being inserted into your posts. This will remove the structure of hAtom which in turn removes the hEntry data.