Food bloggers rejoice, as today we are talking about taking your recipes to the next level with a selection of top WordPress recipe plugins.
Extra brownie points as you can do it without spending a penny with some of these plugins! 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 – here’s why you should make sure your recipe plugin has a schema markup: Schema markup is a type of code you add to your website, a translator between you and search engines created by Google, Bing, Yahoo!, and Yandex (a Russian search engine).
Schema markup helps the search engine by making it easier for them to show results that have additional (i.e. helpful) information – sort of like what SEO does for your blog.
Many of the best recipe plugins for WordPress also have the ability to ensure your recipe content is optimized for search engines. This not only increases the chances of your website and its content is found but also tells search engines like Google that your website includes recipes, rather than just blog posts and pages.
This should help your content show up when people are searching specifically for recipes. You can use schema markup to get all kinds of rich snippets in Google, including:
- Star ratings
- Embedded photos or videos
- Product information
- Recipe cooking times
Thankfully, all the plugins below will do the heavy lifting for you, so that you won’t have to worry about updating your individual recipes for SEO.
This very simple to use plugin adds beautiful blocks to the new WordPress Gutenberg editor to help you create recipe cards easily in your posts. The blocks in the free version include recipe card (with Schema Markup), recipe details, ingredients, directions and nutrition facts.
Out of the box, Recipe Card Blocks delivers two different styles and just enough features to get you going right away. Of course, with future plugin updates, you can also expect even more goodies to drop which you will be able to take to your advantage. You can now create a single block just for the recipe card or a full-blown recipe with images, ingredients and instructions.
Blossom Recipe Maker is a recipe plugin that every food blog needs. You can quickly create awesome recipes in less than 5 minutes, and post it in on your website. You can also readily add food recipes to any of your posts and pages using the shortcode.
This intuitive plugin also allows your visitors to interact with the recipes. They can adjust the servings size to their requirements and also mark the ingredients and instructions as they progress through the recipe.
Recipe calculator WordPress plugin will be helpful for your readers when they want to cook less or more portions that the default, give in a recipe. You have an option to add text(s) that will split the ingredients into groups. This can be useful if your recipe contains sauce or filling and you want to separate their ingredients from the main dish ingredients.
Your visitors can easily recalculate the ingredients according to the number of portions they want. It comes with ready with microdata markup (not just for schema). Other features are front – end recipe calculator, theme customizer, responsive design, available in six languages, interactive, etc.
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.
This free plugin makes your recipes visible to search engines using both schema.org and recipe formats – this means you can even create recipe cards on Pinterest.
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.
If you are a nutritional fact geek, this is for you. With Total Recipe Generator, your recipe content gets organized in a semantic and hierarchical manner. This improves your site’s presence in search results and personalized media platforms like Pinterest.
The only con is that this is an addon for WP Bakery Page Builder. You need to buy the WP Bakery Page Builder plugin separately to use this addon.
My name is Fab Giovanetti and I am a writer, author, marketing consultant, founder of the Creative Impact Group and professional troublemaker. I help people grow their online audience and monetise their content and unleash their potentials as creatives.