Of course there are some requirements you should know about:
- You need a purchase code from Envato for a single site.
- The plugin needs an active internet connection to work properly.
- You need to run PHP 7.0 or higher (the also works with 7.1.x and 7.2.x).
- You need WordPress 4.8.0 or higher.
Purchase code and Licensing
Note that you need a purchase code from Envato to a) activate and b) run the plugin properly. If you don’t know where you can find your purchase code, follow this.
Please also note that once the plugin has been activated your purchase code will be bound to the domain where you’re using it. This is because Envato allows to run a license copy on one domain only. If you want to run the plugin on multiple sites, please buy another license.
Note that the plugin needs a permanent internet connection to work properly. This is because schemas and properties need to be pre-processed before they get send to your webserver. So you cannot use the plugin offline. However you’re able to use the plugin on your local environment (localhost) as for now.
Also note that this plugin only works with PHP 7.0 or higher. This is because your site could be faster and more secure with a newer PHP version.
PHP is the programming language that WordPress and this plugin are built on. The version that is currently used for your site is no longer supported. Newer versions of PHP are both faster and more secure.
Hosts have the ability to update your PHP version, but sometimes they don’t dare to do that because they’re afraid they’ll break your site.
To which PHP version should I update?
You should update your PHP version to either 7.0.x, 7.1.x or 7.2.x. On a normal WordPress site, switching to PHP 5.6 – for example – should never cause issues. We would however actually recommend you switch to PHP7. There are some plugins that are not ready for PHP7 though, so do some testing first. Yoast has a pretty good article on how to test whether that’s an option for you here. PHP7 is much faster than older versions. It’s also the only PHP version still in active development and therefore the better option for your site in the long run.
Can’t update? Ask your host!
If you cannot upgrade your PHP version yourself, you can send an email to your host. Yoast provides some pretty good examples here. If they don’t want to upgrade your PHP version, we would suggest you switch hosts.
Due to the fact that I’m a resident of the European Union (EU) I have to inform you about data that could personally identify you as a person and that is collected and used by the Rich Snippets WordPress Plugin and its the backend servers (which are located in the EU as well).
The basis for data processing is Art. 6 (1) (b) DSGVO, which allows the processing of data to fulfill a contract or for measures preliminary to a contract.
Data the plugin sends to rich-snippets.io
and that could maybe used to identify you as a person.
- Purchase code
- Your website URL
- The IP-Address of your web server
For plugin updates:
- a security code (that is generated uniquely for each plugin-update period)
When a user shares their feature request:
- The username
- The content the user has entered
Purchase Code Verification
With every request, the plugin sends, we have to make sure you’re allowed to get information (you’re a paid customer). To verify your purchase my server connects to the Envato API to verify your purchase code. With that, Envato returns the following information that could be used to identify you as a person:
- the Envato username
The following data that could identify you as a person is stored permanently on our servers:
- purchase code
- Website URL
- Envato user name
Feature request votings:
- Envato username
- Envato username
- Comment content of feature request
- WordPress Version number and WordPress URL
- IP-Address of the webserver your WordPress site is running on