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Schema Creator by Raven

Insert schema.org microdata into WordPress pages and posts.

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Review title: Clunky

Review Post: I find this plugin to be very un-friendly and difficult to use/understand.

In addition, I'm not going to GitHub for support when the point of having support offered, within the WordPress Plugin area, is to provide support WITHIN THE WORDPRESS PLUGIN AREA.

After using this plugin a little, I'm improving my review from 1 Star to 3 Stars. My original review is the blockquote text above and my new review is below...

I can appreciate the fact that a developer responded to my first rating of this plugin, but that did not affect my updated review.

I can also sympathize with the developer about why they continue to use GitHub, but I stand by the fact that if the developer is going to make their plugin available on WordPress.org, they need to support it on WordPress.org or at the very least, on their own website. I despise having to register for accounts, at third-party websites, simply because a developer is too lazy to implement project management, support and/or version tracking on their own website. With all the Open Source, web-based applications out there, having a website eliminates the need of GitHub.

I know Schema is a difficult thing to grasp, for a lot of people and I can see how this plugin's developers has gone through great lengths to make something to ease the Schema frustration. For that I applaud the developers.

However, if there is one thing I can't stand about WordPress Plugins, it is when the "Obvious" has been overlooked.

Why would the plugin ask me for an email address, telephone and fax number, in its form, and not output the text next to the data?

Email Address outputs:

email@address.com

Instead of:

Email Address: email@address.com

Telephone outputs:

(888) 555-1122

Instead of:

Telephone: (888) 555-1122

Fax outputs:

(888) 555-1123

Instead of:

Telephone: (888) 555-1123

I understand that I can simply add identifying text, in the form field, but why should I have to? Its PHP and HTML, right?

Additionally, the Street Address, City, State, Zip and Country are on 4 lines, by default, with the zipcode on a different line than the City/State. Who uses addresses this way? I understand The developers have made sure additional custom CSS can control each element, but why is that necessary? Why not display the way most people would use it, by default?

The URL becomes the Entity Name link, instead of being displayed as a URL. Shouldn't it be available both ways?

Why offer so much, and leave out common add'l information, which most people would expect to find very close by, such as, Hours of Operation (HoO), Payments Accepted and a Map?

I know this is a schema plugin and Schema.org doesn't really support Maps. However, I also know Hours of Operation, Payment Type & etc is supported by schema.org for Thing > Organization > LocalBusiness (http://schema.org/LocalBusiness), but if a designer/developer/WordPress user, is going to put all the information, supported by this plugin, on a page/post, it will surely be followed by Hours of Operation (HoO), Payments Accepted and/or a Map.

Finally, why go this far, and not supply multiple shortcodes, to control which content type is displayed when and in what order?

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