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Food bloggers rejoice, as today we are talking about taking your recipes to the next level – extra brownie points as you can do it without spending a penny!
The best part of being a food blogger is that the posts are really engaging and you can get a lot of social shares. So if you can create a quality post, there is a possibility that you might get success sooner than other health niches.
To make your recipes a success, all you need is to make sure that you create unique recipes (I am looking at you, nana ice cream), regularly post engaging content and make it easy for your readers to share them with the world.
Don’t get me wrong, having Master Chef skills is helpful, but it’s not all you’ll need. You’ve got to get those incredible recipes to the masses – and the masses don’t just want to know what you made: they want to know how you made it, and more importantly, how they can make it too.
If WordPress is your platform, then a recipe plugin is the best way you can serve those dishes up to your audience.
Yumprint has the most active installs by nearly twice the number of any other recipe plugin, so there must be something in it! Free to use, it also has a 4-star rating to back up its popularity.
Recipe Card offers over 100 mix and match options to make your recipe template all your own. It’s also very easy to use as it resembles WordPress’ post editor, and you can simply enter ingredients as a list in the text box.
Another goodie right there, with 4.7 stars out of 5. This is pretty impressive and is a good indicator of the quality of the plugin. The basic version of WP Ultimate Recipe is free to use and offers a variety of features.
Publishing your recipes takes place after clicking on the “Insert Recipe” button or by using shortcakes – which reads for more than one recipe per page! Multiple recipes can be added to any post or page, and photos can be added to each step of the recipe.
Ingredients and directions can be broken down into groups as well. The list of customisations is endless, however new users may feel a bit overwhelmed due to the workflow and user interface.
If you want to start out with a free plugin that gives you more than enough to get started with, but also provides plenty of room for expansion in the future, I definitely recommend taking WP Ultimate Recipe for a test drive.
This free plugin makes your recipes visible to search engines using both schema.org and hRecipe formats – this means you can even create recipe cards on Pinterest.
Welcome to the Rolls Royce of recipe plugins – yes, it comes with a price tag.
This plugin offers you a drag and drop recipe builder that will help you to create your recipe page easily. It also offers you ten ready to use recipe layouts to choose from.
Why Rolls-Royce then? Its community features allows you to engage with users, as well as offering a front-end recipe submission option so that guests can submit content on your blog.
It comes with a detailed user profile page to make it easy for the user to handle everything related to his profile.
Users will have a custom login and registration page to get started instantly. As the admin, you can view the pending recipes and approve or disapprove theme as per your guidelines.
For fuss-free recipe creation, Recipe Hero may come at your rescue.
This plugin allows you to easily add recipes to your WordPress site. Just create a new article using the recipe custom post type that comes with this plugin and your dish will be published using the purpose built template.
Your recipes can be added to your blog in minutes, while also ensuring they are easily kept separate from your regular blog posts. The plugin is fully mobile-optimised, and readers will be able to follow your recipes on their smartphones and tablets, and even rate the recipes as well as leave reviews.
When it comes to upgrade options, the Recipe Hero BigOven plugin is an add-on that allows you to add a “Save Recipe to BigOven” button to your site – an added convenience for visitors who are using this service.
Labels can also be added to your recipes by using the Recipe Hero Labels add-on.
To help you check off the SEO box on your plugin evaluation sheet, Recipe Hero will ensure your dishes are fully optimised for search engines.