If you have recipes on your blog and you’re not using a plugin that automatically formats your data so it can be picked up by Google Recipe Search and others, you’re missing out. These plugins optimize your recipes for SEO and for Rich Pins on Pinterest! Trust me, you want to use them!
Below are some of the most popular recipe card plugins for WordPress. They are all highly rated and create beautiful recipe cards for your blog posts. These recipes can be printed without printing the whole post which is a feature I love cause I cook a lot and I find most of my recipes online!
I adore this plugin and use it on MomPrepares.com for all of our recipes. It’s very easily and highly customizable to match your theme. You can select layouts, features, colors, and more. I think what I like best about this plugin is that you don’t need any instruction on how to use it because the user interface is fantastic.
Equally popular is the Easy Recipe plugin for WordPress. A lot of my personal friends use this one and claim it’s just that; easy. My friend, Anna of Northern Homestead, uses this plugin and you can view an example in her Cherry Muffins post!
I think my favorite feature for this plugin is that you can use it to fix all your old plain-text recipes by highlighting the recipe text, then clicking the button on your post editor’s toolbar and it pulls it all in for you, provided you have headlines in your recipe to separate the ingredients and instructions. Pretty nifty.
WP Ultimate Recipe
I haven’t used this one myself, but I like the way it looks and the list of features look great!
An overview of the WP Ultimate Recipe features: (from their plugin page)
- Use shortcodes or the “Insert Recipe” button to add multiple recipes to any of your posts and pages.
- Ingredients, course types, cuisines and ratings are all taxonomies related to your recipe. This means that you can display these in a nice tag cloud widget.
- Add photos to any step of the recipe.
- Just click the printer icon to print an image-less version of the recipe.
- This plugin is fully responsive. That means that your recipes will look good on any device.
- Uses schema.org/Recipe microdata optimised for Google Recipe search.
- Easily translatable, already available in English, Dutch, Swedish and many others
- Let visitors adjust the ingredient quantities for more or less servings
- Add a recipe index to any post or page
- Structure your ingredients and instructions in groups (e.g. icing and cake batter)
- Visitors can share your recipes
You can also check out the premium version of this plugin here.
Y’all. I tried this one. I know a LOT of people love it, and it came bundled with a client’s theme, so I thought hey, good chance to try it out. When I couldn’t get it to format things the way I wanted I went looking around for instructions and found this 14 page document on how to use this plugin. I was flabbergasted. 14 pages. And still, I couldn’t get it to look nice. So, I gave up. That said, I have friends who use and swear by this plugin. My guess is they’re not as picky as I am. Or I’m totally missing something.
My friend, Jen of the Easy Homestead, uses this plugin and it looks really nice for her Grandma B’s Country Green Beans recipe!