Dear Brad Thomas,
Thank you so much for creating this visually pleasing and versatile theme! All the extras are so exciting!
I have several questions, but for now, I would like to ask the most pressing one— can you help me adjust the PHP so that my author metadata shows even though I am a single-author blog? I could really use the help of my full author bio because Google is missing all of my .hcard data (and my .hatom data, which is really weird!)
So, as I said, Google is having a problem keeping straight who I am, and the plugins that provide visible metadata are useful, but are lackluster visually.
Any help you could provide, I would appreciate.
(One warning: When it comes to code, I am at Level 0 (aka “idiot,” or in my case “mega-idiot”). So far, all I know how to do in PHP is break things. But I am trying to learn as fast as I can.)
As I didn’t hear back from anyone, and it’s been a week, I just wanted to pop in and say that my missing .hatom feed information problem continued until tonight.
Because I was starting to sweat the possibility of a major penalty from Google, I went ahead replaced Leaf with WordPress Twenty Twelve to see if that made any difference to the Google Structured Data Testing Tool.
Just before I made the switch, I ran the Google Structured Data Testing Tool on my blog with Leaf still installed, and yes, all of my .hatom information continued to show up completely missing.
Okay, so I switched to Twenty-Twelve and ran the same Google Structured Data Tool not five minutes later. I was sort of shocked to find a good deal of my absent .hatom data.
To be clear— I changed nothing but my theme between one test, then the switch to Twenty Twelve, and the next test.
It’s not perfect— I am still having minor hiccups with my .hatom info, but at least it’s showing up now.
I am reluctant to reinstall Leaf because I do not know enough to fix the .php related to my .hatom feed files so that the relevant information shows up properly. (Geez, I don’t even know if I am saying this correctly!) And I am super-bummed about it because Leaf is an otherwise lovely child theme. Dang.
Thanks Courtenay, Will look into this tonight.
Edit: Were you also using the blog template on your site like here Blog Template?
It’s my pleasure. Let me know if there’s anything I can do to help.
Additionally, would you mind sharing the broad strokes of your findings? I am trying to learn as much as I can as quickly as I can about PHP (and structured data and so on), and I’m really curious as to how this happened with your theme specifically.
If not, that’s fine too. Best of luck with sorting this through quickly and easily.
It should work as is, you just need to use the blog template.
When I was using your theme, I used the standard blog template as far as I know. I’m not knowledgeable enough yet to make a great number of changes to my blog— fundamental or cosmetic.
But I am trying to get up to speed as fast as I can! I’ll have to look that up. I don’t know why someone would use a different blog template?
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