Prevent author warning by Google by adding an author to your recipe

Adding author to a recipe

Google needs your help to structure your web page and recipe data. Structuring data means you specify what different parts of your blog mean. To ensure your recipes (and other parts) in a blog are structured properly, Google provides a Structured Data Testing Tool. Zip Recipes structures the data for you automatically. You don’t have to do anything other than create a recipe!

If you create a recipe that does not include an author’s name, Google will warn you with this message:

The author field is recommended. Please provide a value if available.

How do I fix this?

All Zip Recipes premium plans come with the Author feature.

The Author feature allows you to add multiple authors to Zip Recipes. By default, Zip Recipes will add the WordPress page or post author as author to your recipe, but you can also create custom authors: that way you don’t need to create users for each author in a recipe.

When you use the default setting, you don’t need to do anything. When you’ve chosen the custom author setup, a user can select their name from the menu or leave the default name when editing a recipe.

  • Option to use WordPress author as default
  • Add multiple authors to the system
  • Select any author when you create a recipe
  • Immediately applies default author to your all recipes (that were created with Zip Recipes)!
  • Best of all: Make Google happy!

What does it look like?

Once you publish a recipe with author set, your visitors will see the author name right in the recipe card:


If your license is activated, you should be able to update from the WordPress plugins dashboard. If this doesn’t work, there’s probably a configuration issue on your server. We’ve listed several of the most common causes.

Sure! Just go to your account, then click “view licenses”, then “view upgrade”. There you have options to pay the additional amount.

The download link you received in the initial e-mail is valid for 24 hours. After the link has expired you can log in to your ZIP Recipes account to download the plugin again. When logged in to your account you will see a section “your purchases”. 

Clicking on the ‘View Details and Downloads’ button will take you to a new page. On this new page scroll down to locate the ‘Products’ section. In the products section you can click on the plugin hyperlink to download the plugin.

To install the plugin, you can follow these instructions on Really Simple SSL

When you purchase one of our plugins an account is created automatically. You can reset your password here

If you don’t remember the email you used for the purchase, or did the purchase before the automatic account creation was activated, please contact us and we’ll set it up for you. 

You can create a new password via the following link:

When getting a ‘this email is not authorized to renew license’ error, try clearing cookies from your browser. That will likely solve the issue.

If you click the download link after you have purchased a plugin, you should download a zipped file which you can upload to WordPress. If this is not the case, you are probably using Safari. This is easy to fix. Go to:

Safari > Preferences > General > Open “safe” files after downloading: uncheck.