Fix the hatom entry Error

hatom-feed hatom-entry Error - WordPress Solution

hatom-feed hatom-entry Error – WordPress Solution

Using rich snippet tool from Google i have noticed that i have some things missing there.

Error: At least one field must be set for HatomEntry
Error: Missing required field “entry-title”.
Error: Missing required field “updated”.
Error: Missing required hCard “author”.

So i have solved them (at least on my single posts for now) and i want to share it with WordPress users.

Lets take them one by one..

Error: Missing required field “entry-title”

The simple solution for this is located in single.php

<h1 class="entry-title"><?php the_title(); ?></h1>

search for   the_title and enclose it into a span tag like above.

In my case as i am using a framework and theme from Themify the things had to be a bit different.

So the solution in my case was in loop.php

i found this inside :

<h1 class="post-title"><?php the_title(); ?></h1>

so it had class already.. hmm,  i just added the class together with the existing one.

<h1 class="post-title entry-title"><?php the_title(); ?></h1>

and it worked and solved my problem.

Error: Missing required field “entry-title”

I bet that this will help you understand how to fix it for any other framework and theme 😉

Error: Missing required field “updated”

Simple solution again would be located in single.php

<span class="date updated"><?php the_time(); ?></span>

Again we search our file  for the_time and  put it in tags like above.

In my case i searched the loop.php once again and i found this :

<time datetime="<?php the_time('o-m-d') ?>" class="post-date" pubdate><?php the_time(apply_filters('themify_loop_date', 'M j, Y')) ?></time>

All i had to do is add an extra class date updated to the existing span and i got this :

<time datetime="<?php the_time('o-m-d') ?>" class="post-date date updated" pubdate><?php the_time(apply_filters('themify_loop_date', 'M j, Y')) ?></time>

Error: Missing required field “updated”

Error: Missing required hCard “author”

In  single.php we have to find the_author or in some cases the_author_posts_link and parse it like this:

<span class="vcard author">	
 <span class="fn"><?php the_author_posts_link(); ?></span>

In my case once again was different but i think you get the idea.


I hope that my experience with this will help you solve your own errors.

hatom-feed hatom-entry Error – problem solved

As i had many many requests i have created a plugin that solves all the errors, it inserts all the required data without the need of any coding whatsoever. All you have to do is activate it.
( clear the cache afterwards if you are using any cache plugins )

The plugin is available for download from Gumroad service and it costs 10$. If you have any problems after activating the plugin, feel free to contact me using the contact form on the website  or by sending me an email at and we will find an alternative solution.


Nikola fivera Petrovic
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