Join Morten Rand-Hendriksen for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a new recipe, part of Start with a Theme: Food Blogs in WordPress.
Now, that you have a theme that makes your food blog look great and appetizing and you have the ReciPress plugin installed your ready to start posting recipes on your site. To do that we first have to create a new post so I'm going to go an create a new post and I'll give the post a title recipe. And then the title of the recipe. So I'm going to go and grab that from a sheet card here, which is a complete recipe for a new dish. And I'll paste it in here. Then I have to set a category for my recipe.
And I'll set the category to recipes. And then I have to put in some post content. Now the post content will appear above the recipe, because that's the setting I've set, Recipe Press to function by. So I'll put in post content, and here I can put in anything I want: text, images, videos, or whatever. And then the recipe will appear after that. I think I'm just going to say (SOUND). Now, that I have my post, it's time to add the recipe. When you install ReciPress, it adds a new field to your post editor. It's down here and it says Recipe and here if you check Add a recipe? You get a series of new fields where you can include information about your recipe. So here we're going to start by adding the recipe title. And if you want to, you can also add a recipe summary. I'm not going to do that right now.
Then we have to set the taxonomies for our cuisines, courses and skill levels. And here we can simply use the drop-down to find the correct cuisine. The correct course, and the correct skill level, and if you're missing a cuisine, or a course, or a skill level, you can click on the Manage Cuisines, Courses, or Skill Level links. Just remember that if you click on these, you are taken off this page and on to the management page for that taxonomy. Once its taxonomies are set, you can set the yield.
In this case we're making six cuppies. You can set the serving, so this will be one serving for each. You can set the prep time. You can set the cook time and if you want to you can also set a different time. These will then be calculated together by the plugin and then we get to the ingredients. Here you will add each of your ingredients in turn and as you add them they will become taxonomy items. So, people can sort based on them. So, let's take a look at our recipe. Then here you'll see the ingredients are six to 12 slices of Prosciutto, so I'm just going to copy that out because hard to spell. So I'll say six to 12 slices.
And then paste in Prosciutto. If I want to I can also add extra notes to this but I'm not going to do that. Then when I want to add another ingredient I simply click on the green plus button and another ingredients is added. Then I have to add six eggs, so I'll say six eggs, and I have to add salt and pepper, so I'll add those on separate lines. Salt and pepper. And as you add these ingredients in, each of them becomes their own taxonomy item. Meaning that the next time you add a recipe that has an egg in it, it'll link to this recipe because they both have eggs, and people can sort based on the ingredient list.
Now, that I have my ingredients in order I can either leave them the way it is, or if I want to I can reorganize them simply by dragging and dropping them like this. And then I can go down to Instructions. Here I can give detailed instructions and even append images for each of the instruction steps. So I'm going to go here and grab the first instruction, copy it. Paste it in and then I'm going to add a new instruction, I'll get this one. Paste it in, and in this case there's an image, so I will go in, select the file, I'll upload that file. I can decide what size of this image I want to use, I'm going to use the medium size here.
I'll click, use this image. Then I can add another step. I'll copy out the step. Paste it in. Add another step. Copy this one out, and this one also has an image. Paste it in. Add the image. Click Use This Image.
Now, that I have all the steps, I can check that they are all in the correct order because these will be displayed in the numbered list. And if they're not, I can grab any of the steps. And place it in a different order if I want to. And when I'm finished and I'm satisfied that this is all correct, I'm going to go and set a featured image. So I'll click Set Featured Image, I'll select one of the existing featured images because as you can see, when you upload an image to the recipe, it's also uploaded in to the media library for WordPress so you can use it. So I want to use this as a featured image for the post, and this featured image will now appear as the post featured image on the front page and as the featured image for this recipe because that's what we set it as inside ReciPress. And when I'm happy with everything, I'll click Publish. Now, that we've created a recipe, we can take a look at what that looks like in the post, so I'll click View Post.
And here you see the recipe along with the rest of the content. So here, we have the standard post content, so here would be all your text and images and whatever. And then we have the recipe. And you see the recipe is cornered off in the separate box as the title, the yield, prep time, complete time. It has each of the ingredients. And here you can see you can navigate based on ingredients and sort through all the recipes. And the below, you have full instructions in order. So here we can see step number one, preheat oven, step number two, spray muffing tin, and then you have the image.
Step number three, line each cup with Prosciutto. Step number four, add one egg and so on and so on. And as you can see, the images are integrated at each step and are easy to reorganize if you accidentally set it up in the wrong order. Scrolling to the bottom, you have your cuisine, you have your course, and your skill level. And finally, the link to the ReciPress plugin because we chose to leave the Thank You link in the plugin. Now that you have a recipe, you can also add navigation for the people who visit the site in your sidebar. Because ReciPress comes with additional widgets.
So if I go up to the toolbar, and I go to widgets. You can see that now we have two new widgets. We have the Recent Recipes widget, and we also have that ReciPress Terms widget, and that's the one I want to use because the terms are taxonomies. So here I can use the Courses term. I can use the Ingredients term, the Cuisines term, or the Skill Levels term. So let's say I want to add cuisines. I can then choose to output it out as a list or a cloud. I highly recommend using the list because the clouds look really messy.
So I'm going to click Save. And now, when I go to the front page of my site, you'll see that here we have a nice list of all our cuisines. And if I want to go a step further, I can go back to my widgets, and I can change the title of this to. And go back to the front page. And now we see your recipes cuisines and here you can negative to all the posts that have a specific recipe cuisine in them.
So here, we see we have the recipe for Ham and Egg Cuppies. And you see why it's so important to add that featured image because you don't see the recipe but you see the end result. And when you go in, you get the full recipe. Now, I think you understand the reason why I want you to use a plugin like ReciPress to post your recipes. It's because when you just use the regular post, you don't really have the control you have with ReciPress. You don't have this layout and you don't have these taxonomies to make it easy for people to find out what they're looking for.
And more importantly if you make a mistake, you then have to go and re-edit the whole post or rewrite things. Whereas in ReciPress, you can simply grab an item and reorganize it into the order you like the most. Just keep one thing in mind. For these recipes to display, Recipress has to be installed and activated. If you deactivate ReciPress or uninstall, it the recipes won't display. It doesn't mean they're gone. Because if you re-install ReciPress and reactivate it, it will come back. It's just that as long as ReciPress is deactivated, or not installed, you won't see them on your site.
- What are WordPress themes?
- Installing and activating a theme
- Using post formats for better visibility
- Exploring the theme options for Gallery and Truly Minimal
- Adding recipes with ReciPress