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  • I wonder if anyone can help. I have been trying to get my webpage authoring verified with Google, and I am making progress but whenever I try to verify the Authoring I get the following error message:

    Warning: Missing required hCard “author”

    This seems to be a problem that is experienced as a result of using WordPress. I am using the Graphene Theme.

    I notice that there is some advice to edit the single post php file but there is no script written in my single post file to edit.

    Is anyone able to assist?


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  • bro try this

    go to single.php and if you have author bio tag there

    add this code

    <span class=”vcard author”><span class=”fn”>
    your author bio php code

    if you don’t have any author bio tag

    then after <?php the_content(); ?>


    <span class=”vcard author”><span class=”fn”>
    Written by <a href="">Anthony</a>

    please help me, I did everything but can not fix this Missing required hCard “author”. so people can see through it

    The formatting of the quotes is incorrect in vishnudath’s response. I had to go in and re-type the quotes. After doing that, his solution worked fine for me.

    thanks vishnudath it works, the Google authoring Warning is gone now !!


    glad, finally it worked for one 😉 😀

    Thanks again !!

    It is nearly perfect. You should not miss the: rel=”author” and use the build in author link of wordpress: <?php the_author() ?>

    <span class="vcard author"><span class="fn">
    by <a href=""
    rel="author"><?php the_author() ?></a>

    This number: “1234567890123456789” should be your google+ profile ID.


    Oops! i miss that. thanks for the correction 🙂

    I notice that in the profile area it has a google+ field. Should that be just the ID number or the string (Using my correct google plus ID number)?


    it should be complete URL.

    Hi Vishnudath,

    I had the same error and tried to paste the given code with my own google+ id in the single.php , but it still gives me the same error.

    Can you please tell me where exactly should I paste the code?

    I am using Tonic theme.

    Thanks in advance.


    yeah! i tested this in Tonic 🙂 and worked great for me! 🙂

    follow these 2 steps

    in sidebar or footer.. place a text widget with the below code

    <span class="vcard author"><span class="fn">
    by <a href=""
    rel="author">YOUR NAME</a>

    Replace 1234567890123456789 and YOUR NAME with your personal things 🙂

    I am having the same problem with my website

    I have followed many solutions but still getting the following:

    Warning: Missing required hCard “author”

    Is there a plugin that will fix this problem. Really want my rich snippets showing in Google search.

    Thanks for any feedback

    Hey Everyone,

    I have done all the possible ways to do it but its not working, can anyone please help me.

    here goes my link

    I am getting the following error in webmaster tools

    entry-title: Buy: Acer Aspire TimelineX AS1830T-6478 11.6-Inch Laptop (Black) | order by reviews
    Error: Missing required field “updated”.
    Error: Missing required hCard “author”.

    It would be really helpful if anyone can help me out.

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