WordPress is one of the most popular blogging platforms out there. It’s no wonder due to its power, reliability, and endless customization options. If you’re a food blogger, you’re always looking for ways you can get more out of your blog.
Plugins are a great way to do that. But there are literally thousands of plugins to choose from, so how do you choose the right ones?
Luckily for you, we’ve compiled our favorites below. They range from plugins that’ll help you optimize the look of your recipes, to plugins that’ll help you get the most out of your traffic.
Let’s dive in!
1. Recipe Hero
Recipe Hero will add a custom post type to your WordPress dashboard that enables you to easily store and create recipes. This plugin will give you a lot of control over how you display each recipe.
Plus, you can add a responsive image gallery, which will help to truly immerse your readers in the recipe you’re creating.
If you’re looking for even more customization options, there are also premium extensions available.
2. WP Ultimate Recipe
WP Ultimate Recipe allows you to easily embed beautiful recipes into your existing food blog. This plugin creates separate taxonomies and categories that will allow you to easily keep your recipes separate from the rest of your blog content.
The free version of the plugin should be enough for most food bloggers. However, if you’re looking for extensive customization options, then you’re going to need to upgrade to the premium version of the plugin.
3. Recipe Card
The final recipe builder plugin we profile is Recipe Card. This free plugin integrates nicely with a variety of existing WordPress themes.
This plugin is equipped with a variety of templates that compliment your existing blog post content. One cool feature of this plugin is the ability for your visitors to print and save recipes, so they can actually bring them to life.
4. Pinterest Sidebar Widget
Pinterest is one of the greatest sources of traffic for most food bloggers. As a result it’s a good idea to optimize your site around Pinterest. The Pinterest Sidebar Widget creates a smaller version of your Pinterest profile for the widget sidebar area of your blog.
A single click on one of your pins will take your readers to your Pinterest page.
5. Pinterest Pin It Button
Like we mentioned above, Pinterest is a tremendous source of traffic for food bloggers. To get the most out of your existing content it’s a good idea to allow your users to share your content directly to Pinterest.
A great way to do this is through the plugin Pinterest Pin It Button. This plugin will add a simple ‘Pin It’ Button to every image across your site. That way with a couple of clicks your readers can share your content to Pinterest for you.
6. Gravity Forms
As a blogger you’re going to want a way for your readers to reach out to you. We recommend using a contact form plugin that’ll filter out spam requests and give you a beautiful form your visitors can use.
We recommend using Gravity Forms, as the forms are easy to create, look good on your site, and the plugin has a very minimal codebase, which means it won’t slow down your website.
7. Yoast SEO
Lastly, it’s always a good idea to optimize your posts to get the most traffic from the search engines as possible. If you use one of the recipe plugins above that data will be available for a Google recipes each.
But, it’s always a good idea to take your onsite optimization a step further. Yoast SEO is a great plugin that’ll walk you through optimizing every post and piece of content on your site, while educating you throughout the process.
If you’re a food blogger, you can’t go wrong with the plugins above. Give them a try and take your site to the next level.
Are there any plugins we missed? Share your favorites in the comments below.