There are several popular recipe plugins, but which one is best for food blogs? Read this blogger’s perspective on which recipe plugin is best.
Let’s talk about recipe plugins. If you’re a food blogger, then you probably know how important it is to use a recipe plugin.
If you post recipes on your blog and you don’t have a recipe plugin, then you’ll definitely want to read this article and get one installed as soon as possible.
Why Use a Recipe Plugin
If you’re not using a recipe plugin on your food blog, then you need to start. It’s important for your site’s visibility both on Pinterest and in Google search results.
Pinterest uses the metadata to learn what your recipe is all about so they can show it in results. It’s also where the rich text ingredients come from that you see on many recipes on Pinterest.
Google also looks for the same data as Pinterest to categorize your recipe in its search algorithm. If you don’t have the structured data they’re looking for, they won’t show your recipe to as many people.
So if you want traffic to your recipe, it’s best to have a recipe plugin and fill out the card completely for each category.
Recipe Plugins I’ve Tested
I have tried several recipes plugins over the years, and I just switched again. I’m constantly changing things up.
Like many bloggers that have been around for a long time, I started with Easy Recipes. When it stopped being maintained, I went without a recipe plugin for longer than I care to admit.
I finally broke down and installed Tasty Recipes. It’s a really great, easy to use plugin, but it was lacking a feature I know I needed to add, so I decided to switch again.
I narrowed it down to two plugins that offered the features I wanted. I purchased both and returned one. Before I share the winner, let’s talk about must have features.
Must Have Features
The reason I wanted to move away from Tasty Recipes is because they do not have an automatic nutrition feature. They integrate with Nutrifox, but you still have to manually input each ingredient to create the nutrition label.
And since I had over 400 recipes existing on the site, I was looking for something that would simplify adding nutrition information to my old recipes over time in addition to all new recipes. I did not want to have to manually enter each ingredient.
There are some features that are on my must have list. The plugin must:
- Be customizable
- Have all required data fields be available
- Pull nutrition data for ingredients automatically
- Have a video field
- Be Gutenberg compatible
- Work well with my theme
- Be regularly maintained
- Have good support
I was not worried about the cost of the plugin. I was simply looking for the one that would work best for us and our readers.
Best Recipe Plugin
The two recipe plugins I purchased because they offered an automatic nutrition feature were Zip Recipes and WP Recipe Maker. I immediately returned Zip Recipes because it turns out they don’t have a recipe card converter for Tasty Recipes. So if you are looking to move away from Tasty Recipes, do not go with Zip Recipes. Otherwise, it looks like a fine choice.
So now, the recipe plugin we use on Happy Mothering is WP Recipe Maker. There is a free option, but we have the Elite bundle. We haven’t implemented all of the features yet, but there is a lot we can do with it.
WP Recipe Maker turned out the be the best option for us. It met all of our needs that we originally set plus the one we didn’t know we needed – having a Tasty Recipes converter.
I’m still going through old recipes and updating the format of the recipe cards and adding nutrition information. It’s not an automatic project where you just push a button. You still have to review each recipe and make sure they ingredients are matching up with items in the database.
And I’ve found that you have to double check that it calculated total calories properly for each recipe. But it’s the best option there is out there!
If you’re looking for the best recipe plugin for WordPress food blogs, check out WP Recipe Maker.