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Microformats are designed for humans first and machines second, microformats are a set of simple, open data formats built upon existing and widely adopted standards. Instead of throwing away what works today, microformats intend to solve simpler problems first by adapting to current behaviors and usage patterns (e.g. XHTML, blogging).

microformat diagram http://microformats.org
microformat diagram http://microformats.org

Learn more at http://microformats.org/about/


There are several microformat plugins already created for WordPress. You can find microformat plugins by searching Google for “WordPress plugin microformat” or you can see a list of the stored plugins at WordPress here http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/search.php?q=microformat

Here are a few of my favorite microformat plug-ins for WordPress.

Events Category


This plugin is developed at Shepherd Interactive for the benefit of the community.

Seamless event calendar solution which extends the basic WordPress functionality to enable future-dated posts to be listed within the blog chronology when they are assigned to a particular post category. The a future-dated post’s timestamp is used as the time stamp. Upcoming events widget included; includes iCal feed. HTML output contains hCalendar, hCard, geo, and adr microformats.



Author: Sam Wilson

A simple address book plugin.

You can view and edit addresses (names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, etc.) in the administration interface (under Manage > Addressbook or as its own top-level menu item), or embed a read-only list of addresses in posts and/or pages.

Addressbook features:

  • Gravatar support for both address lists;
  • hCard microformat support in the address list.

Micro Anywhere


Author: Alex Willemsma

Micro Anywhere is designed to allow anyone to make use of microformats on their blog, even if they don’t know what microformats are.

When the plugin is activated it adds two buttons to the WordPress WYSIWYG editor — one to insert event (calendar) data, and one to insert contact information (vCard) data. Each button opens an easy to use dialog box that prompts the user for information about their event or contact, and then outputs a human readable paragraph, fully marked up with a relevant microformat. When possible, relevant HTML tags are used to make interacting with the event easier. For example, if a URL is given, the event or contact’s name becomes a link to that URL.



Author: Andrew Turner & Mikel Maron

GeoPress adds geographic tagging of your posts and pages. You can enter an address, points on a map, or enter latitude & longitude using the post interface. You can also include the post location within the body itself to make it easy to geotag using emailed posts and desktop clients. Maps can be Google, Microsoft, OpenStreetMap, 3D globe, or any major mapping provider by using the Mapstraction mapping library. Makes your feeds GeoRSS compatible, and also adds KML for viewing in Google Earth.

Get more information at: http://georss.org/geopress



Author: Meitar “maymay” Moscovitz

Adds the Oomph Microformats toolkit‘s microformat overlay to any WordPress-generated pages (as long as the page has a microformat in it, of course).

This plugin is pretty idiotic (by which I mean brain-dead simple), but it does enable anyone to full microformat-enable their blog with purely point-and-click operations. It’s recommended that you start with a WordPress theme that already has built-in support for microformats, and then add this plugin to the mix.

I was going to write some more details about how to use mircoformats, but I found this very nice post about microformats already done, check it out http://mysaves.com/community/bookmark/visit/Getting-Semantic-With-Microformats-Introduction-~-A-Blog-384.html