Introducing Schema Creator for Google’s new structured data format

Introducing Schema Creator for Google’s new structured data format does its best to explain how schemas work.

But do you understand them?

I thought I did. The first time I created schemas for my own blog, I got really excited. Knowing me, I probably bounced up and down a little and told everyone how awesome schemas were. Then, later, I tested my schemas and found out I had no idea what I was doing. I ran my code through Google’s Rich Snippet Testing Tools, and they pretty much said, “You’re an idiot, Jon.”

Update: We’ve now added a Schema WordPress plugin that will help you create Schema code right in the WordPress dashboard.

The thing that was missing was a resource to help me get started. I needed something I could enter data into and then have it give me the proper code. Since that didn’t exist, Raven made one.

Introducing the new, free Schema Creator for structured data.

Schema Creator

Schema and microdata for newbs

Thanks to the backing of Google and other search engines, a structured data revolution is about to begin. Google, Bing and Yahoo! recently published a collection of structured data schemas that they plan to use for influencing rankings and enhancing the display of search results. The collection of schemas can be found at

If you’re not familiar with structured data — as it relates to HTML — it’s data that’s formatted for both humans and machines. For example, in the past, if your website published information about a concert, you wouldn’t have to consider how the HTML was coded. The only thing that mattered was how it rendered in a browser for a person reading the information. That method made it difficult for search engines to interpret all of the relevant data for that event—the venue, the price, the time, and so on.

Structured data provides new HTML attributes that can be added to existing code, without changing how it renders in a browser. When the attributes and values are added to the HTML, it makes it easy for search engines to fully understand and use the context of the data. uses attributes that were recently added to the living standard HTML (a.k.a. HTML5) called microdata. Their schemas define the values for those attributes and are intended to create a standard for microdata use.

If all of this sounds a bit confusing, that’s because it is. For many web designers and search engine optimizers, the concept of structured data is relatively new and somewhat daunting. This is especially true when you try to dig into the entire schema set.

We believe that structured data is one of the most significant changes to SEO in quite some time. In an effort to grow the adoption rate of structured data — in particular the microdata standard — and to prevent stupid schema mistakes like mine, we built the free Schema Creator.

How to create microdata with Schema Creator

Raven’s Schema Creator helps designers and SEOs get up and running quickly with microdata. We picked the six most popular schema types, and then added the most popular item properties to a form. Entering data into the form automatically creates your HTML with microdata for you. Review Form

As you fill out the form, a preview is instantly updated on the screen. Microdata Preview

After you finish filling out the form, you can click on the code in the text area, and then copy and paste it into your HTML document. Microdata Code

Schema Creator is designed to get you started with microdata, which means it doesn’t provide you with every possible schema type and item property. However, it should give you enough data to help you understand how to enhance or build your own schema types.

You can use it right now at

Jon Henshaw
Co-Founder and President

Jon is the Co-founder and President of Raven Internet Marketing Tools.

Jon is the Co-founder and President of Raven Internet Marketing Tools.

  • Mark Philips

    Great tool, it would be nice when more schemas are available to create, Blogposting for example.

    • RavenCourtney

      Thanks, Mark! We’re hoping to add more soon.

  • in2town
    • Jon Henshaw

      It looks like you may have improper coding and nesting. For example, the error I saw on GWT refers to you having itemprop=”reviewRating” attribute inside the same DIV element as itemtype=””. “reviewRating” should be in it’s own element nested inside the “” DIV. When you see those errors, just check for proper nesting of types and properties.

  • markbigclasses

    Can We edit the schema after creation? HOW ..?

    • Jon Henshaw

      We used shortcode so you could edit it after you create it. Otherwise, you will need to create it again.

  • Anne hails

    Hi after creating schema what I want to do it make it live?