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Best WordPress Plugins for Recipe Websites

When it comes to food blogging, you need more than just cooking skills. Your readers come to your website not only to read what you’ve made but also to find out how they can make it. WordPress is a great platform for recipe sharing and there are various plugins available that can help you take your food and recipe blog to the next level. A few of the very best WordPress plugins for recipe websites are highlighted here.

 

1. WP Recipe Maker

WP Recipe Maker is an easy-to-use plugin. It allows you to add recipes to any post or page with automatic metadata which will help improve your SEO and get you more visitors.

Why should you use this?

  • It is fully responsive and will make your website look good on any device.
  • It allows your visitors to print the recipes with optional credit to your website.
  • It changes labels and colors easily to fit your website.
  • You can import recipes that you’ve previously used with other plugins.

2. Recipe Hero

Recipe Hero is an open-source plugin which allows you to add recipes to your websites quite easily. It comes with a ‘recipe’ custom post type and you can write your articles using this. The post is kept separate from the other type of contents on your website.

Why should you use this?

  • It helps to make your website interactive as it allows visitors to rate your recipes and leave a review.
  • It is fully responsive and adjusts itself to every device.
  • It works with Google Rich Snippets and helps in full SEO optimization.

3. Cooked

Cooked is a premium recipe plugin which offers you an array of amazing features to help you create an excellent recipe website. It also allows for a good user experience.

Why should you use this?

  • It offers a drag and drop recipe builder that helps you to create your recipe page quite easily. It also provides you with ten ready to use recipe layouts to choose from.
  • It provides a front – end recipe submission option which allows your readers to submit content on your site. It also comes with a detailed user profile page which makes it easy for the user to handle everything related to his profile.
  • As the admin, you can view the content which has been submitted by the user and approve or disapprove them as per your guidelines.
  • It is fully responsive to all kinds of devices.

4. WP Ultimate Recipe

The WP Ultimate Recipe plugin makes it extremely easy for your users to access the recipes on your website and print them if they want to. It also offers a shortcode which helps you to insert recipes into any WordPress post or page.

Why should you use this?

  • It displays all your tag words like ‘cuisine’, ‘ingredient’ and ‘cooking time’ in a tag cloud widget giving easier access to your readers.
  • It is fully responsive and makes your recipes look great on all devices. It also has a Google Rich snippet option which makes your recipes look great in Google search results.
  • The ‘insert recipe’ option allows you to add multiple recipes to a post or page.
  • It allows the user to adjust the ingredient quantities for more or less servings.

5. Zip Recipes

Zip Recipes plugin makes your recipes SEO friendly and helps them to rank higher in Google’s Recipe View search. It does so by automatically integrating Schema.org’s Recipe mark-up to your posts.

Why should you use this?

  • It provides Google AMP support which helps load your website quickly through Google.
  • The recipe names get automatically replicated inside the plugin which further enhances the SEO.
  • It lets you attach affiliate links or links to related recipes from the Ingredients, Instructions or Summary fields with ease.

6. Recipe Card

Recipe Card is a very useful free recipe plugin which will help you to create a printer-friendly version of your recipes. It also optimizes your recipes for search engines and generates nutrition facts about the ingredients.

Why should you use this?

  • It provides you with over one hundred color, font and layout swatches for a template and helps you to make your recipes look beautiful.
  • You can add as many recipes as you want to a single post.
  • It integrates seamlessly with the WordPress editor and lets you type your recipes naturally instead of having to use individual fields for each line of the recipe.

7. Slider Revolution 

To make your blog attractive, a quality slider is very essential. Slider Revolution is an innovative and responsive WordPress slider plugin that helps you to display your content in a beautiful way.

Why should you use this?

  • It comes with a free object library which will provide you with a lot of options to create the right slider pictures.
  • It also has a free add-on library available with different effects and galleries which will help you to further enhance your content.
  • You can also use it to create a beautiful front page design and requires no coding knowledge.

8. Monarch

Monarch is not a recipe but a social sharing plugin. The top source of traffic for food websites is generally social media. This plugin is unavoidable if you want your recipe to reach more people.

Why should you use this?

  • It makes it easier to add sharing buttons above and below your recipe automatically by using inline sharing links. These buttons are ready for the reader to share before or after reading your post.
  • It also comes with a media sharing feature which gives the reader the ability to share your images with the click of a button.
  • It also comes with the option of adding all your social media links as a widget on the sidebar and footer of your website.

9. All In One Schema.org Rich Snippets

A rich snippet is basically a short summary of your page which shows up in the search results of Google, Yahoo, Bing and sometimes in the news feed of social media websites like Facebook in a proper format with star ratings, author photo, image, etc.

Why should you use this?

  • It gives search engines only the important and precise information that is needed to be displayed in the search result snippets.
  • It helps to make your website interactive with features like photos, star ratings, author, etc and makes you stand out from other similar websites.
  • It helps your website rank higher in search results.

10. Pinterest “Pin it” Button

The name explains it all. It lets you add a Pinterest “Pin it”button to your pictures so that your reader can share it to their feed. Pinterest is a huge image sharing platform so you should totally be using it to boost your recipe website.

Why should you use this?

  • It allows you to either let the user select the image for pinning or you can pre-pin it for them.
  • You can hide the “Pin it” button specific posts and pages.
  • The button can be added to the sidebar or footer as a widget and it can be placed anywhere using shortcodes.

11. Instagram Feed

 

This plugin displays Instagram photos from any non-private Instagram accounts, either in a single feed or in multiple different ones. It also makes it easier to generate more traffic to your website using this social media platform.

Why should you use this?

  • It is fully responsive and makes your layout look great in any screen size.
  • It can be used to display thumbnail, medium or full size Instagram photos from your feed.
  • It automatically includes a “Follow on Instagram” button at the bottom of your feed thus making it easier for your readers to interact with you.

12. qTranslate X

 

The qTranslate X plugin offers you a way to maintain dynamic multilingual content which is something very essential for a recipe website.

Why should you use this?

  • It provides language switching buttons on admin pages which, once pressed, makes all the text of multilingual fields to be filled with the chosen language.
  • It provides a way to designate which fields on a page or post are to be multilingual.

 

 

 

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