Google moves Rich Results Test out of beta; shuts down the old Structured Data Testing Tool

Google’s Rich Results Test tool is finally out of beta. The tool supports all of the same rich result features that are available on Google Search.

The tech firm is upgrading its Rich Results Test. The tool offers a more accurate representation of how the search result displays a page. It also allows site owners to test structured data within dynamically loaded content. Google first launched this tool back in 2017. It only supported four types of structured data – jobs, movies, recipe, and courses. The site owners had to rely on another tool called Structured Data Testing tool to test any other type of markup.

By moving Rich Results Test out of beta, Google search results will now support all types of markups. Site owners no longer need both tools. It only makes sense for Google to deprecate the older one.

The rich results test shows which search feature enhancements are valid for the markup you are providing. It handles dynamically loaded structured data markup more effectively. The tool can render both mobile and desktop versions of a result. It is also fully aligned with the Search Console Reports.

Another important feature is the ability to test either a whole URL of a page or an isolated code snippet. In a blog post, Google explains, “The test returns errors and warnings we detect on your page. Note that errors disqualify your page from showing up as a rich result. While warnings might limit the appearance, your page is still eligible for showing up as a rich result. For example, if there was a warning for a missing image property, that page could still appear as a rich result, just without an image.”

As a result, Google is shutting down structured data testing tool. To make the transition smoother, Google will offer a structured data testing tool for a limited period of time.