Adding recipes to a WordPress site is easy. With the holidays just around the corner, you may want to share some of your holiday love in the form of delicious recipes. You could just type the recipe into the content area of a page, but, with the Recipe Card WordPress Plugin, uploading the content is simple and your recipes will have a consistent stylized look. This post will show you how to install and set-up the Recipe Card WordPress Plugin and add a few recipes of your own.
*Sidenote* Did you know that generally, you can’t copyright ingredients of a recipe, only the directions of the recipe? So, if you want to share a recipe from your favorite magazine, just rewrite the directions, change things up a bit, and you’re allowed to post it on your own website for the world to enjoy.
Install Recipe Card WordPress Plugin
Log-in to the back-end of your WordPress website and navigate to Plugins>Add New. Search for “Recipe Card” and download the similarly titled plugin by clicking “Install Now”. Wait for the plugin to install and then click “Activate”.
Create a Recipe Template
2A. Once you activate the plugin, you’ll notice a new tab “Recipe Card” on the main WordPress back-end menu–click that. You’ll be taken to a screen to create a recipe theme/template to use for your recipes. Scroll through the different preset themes, and find one that best suits your needs. I like the one “Malt” because it displays a large picture along with the recipe. Select the theme you like and click “Remember Theme” to save it.
2B. Next you’ll want to tab to the next option “Color” in the top right of the screen. Select a color scheme, and remember to keep your site’s color scheme in mind, you’ll want to pick colors that fit well with the rest of your site. Click “Remember Theme” once you’ve selected a color scheme you like.
2C. Move to the next tab “Background” at the top right of your screen, find the one you like, and select “Remember Theme.”
2D. Next click on the “Font” tab and select a font for your Recipe Card theme. It’s best to stick with a font that you’re already using on your site if you can.
2E. Select the “Layout” tab and see if you want to change the layout from the theme you’ve selected. I want to keep mine the same as it was on the “Malt” theme so I’m not changing mine. Once more click “Remember Theme,” and if you’re satisfied with the look of your Recipe Card Theme, click “Apply to Blog”. You can always edit the layout/styling of your recipe theme further using CSS if you’re familiar with how to do that.
Add Recipes to Posts or Pages
3A. You can add recipes to posts or pages but most of the time, you’ll probably want to add them to posts so you can categorize them as “recipes” and have a post category page of all of your recipes. Navigate to Posts>Add New and you’ll notice a new button in your WISYWIG bar.
3B. Place the cursor within your post content area and click on the Recipe Card icon to add a new recipe. Fill out the various sections (there will be examples and brief instructions as place holder text for the various fields). Add an image by clicking the green “Select Image” button and uploading the image through the media library box that open up. When finished click “Save” and your recipe will be added to the content area of your post.
Here is what my recipe looks like: