Join Morten Rand-Hendriksen for an in-depth discussion in this video Tips on food blogging, part of Start with a Theme: Food Blogs in WordPress.
Before we dive in and start customizing our site for food blogging, let me give you some quick tips on how to use WordPress to publish great food blogging content. If you remember from earlier in the course, I showed you a series of popular food blogs. And they all have these commonalities, including really great pictures of food, and also image galleries and so on. For this course, I want to do two things. I want to create a great theme that I can use to display these pictures and also the content. And I also want to be able to add recipes into my site.
For now I just added a series of posts that have pictures and texts and more pictures for each item. So going to one of these items, you'll see what I'm talking about. So, if I go into this review of a restaurant in Vancouver, you'll see there's a large image on top. There's then the title and some text, and I have an image gallery underneath. So let's look at the inside of this post to see how it's set up. In the post, I have a title, I have the text, and I've also inserted a WordPress image gallery, it's right here. If you don't know how to insert a WordPress Image Gallery, you simply go to Add Media, you Upload some images and then you click on Create Gallery. This will take you to the gallery function and from here you can select whatever images you want to be in your gallery.
You see they build down here. You click Create New Gallery, and then you can organize your images, caption them, and when you click Insert Gallery, you get this gallery box. That's really all you need to get an image gallery going. Once you do that, your theme will integrate with the gallery and displayed images in different ways, as you'll see later in the course. I also wanted to add a large image at the top of my post, and to do that, I used the featured image function. That way, that image is associated with the post in a different way, so it can be displayed in indexes as well as on the post itself.
And it's usually displayed above the title instead of below it. In some cases, you may want to put the featured image into the post itself too, but that depends on your theme. So, you need to check with your theme first, and how it uses your featured images, and then, you can pick whether or not you want to do this. The final thing I did was I organized my contents. So, in this case, I've just created two categories. I have Restaurant Reviews and Recipes. So far, I don't have any recipes, but I know they're coming, so I've created a category for them. If you want to you can also create further categories and you can also use tags.
In food blogs, it is very popular to use tags that specify what type of food you're looking at or what type of restaurant or whatever it is you're writing about. And tags can be a great way of organizing content. So think about your categories and tags and structure it in a rational way, so it's easy for people to find what they're looking for. Now that we have some content it's time to get started.
- 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