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Recipe Plugin

  1. Is there a recipe plug in that is available to wordpress.com users? If not, I think it could greatly benefit many of the bloggers wordpress has.

    The blog I need help with is caramelizedkitchen.wordpress.com.

  2. Lovely idea! May I ask what specific features you think would be really awesome in a plugin like that?

  3. Others have requested this one
    http://wordpress.org/plugins/easyrecipe/

  4. Here's another one that has been requested previously http://www.getmecooking.com/wordpress-recipe-plugin

  5. Thanks! Whoa, that first one has a lot of options! WordPress.com is likely to start with something simpler. I want to know what specific things people look for when adding recipes, i.e. what exactly makes http://wordpress.org/plugins/easyrecipe/ good? One example would be that it has a print button.

  6. @designsimply
    There are some workarounds found here > http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2013/05/15/wordpress-com-bloggers-print-it/ that some bloggers are using at present.

  7. I've noticed heaps of blogs (wordpress.org and blogger) have recipe plugins and I just searched and found this post. I think it's a great idea - do it pleaaase wordpress :D Doesn't need bells and whistles, mostly just something that will allow for a slightly compressed format in a printable A4 form. That's it! I'd be happy! Currently doing bullet points etc as a list on my blog just makes the post really long and clunky. I've mostly looked at the recipes on http://www.retromummy.com (which is a wordpress.org website).

  8. Might I suggest http://www.wpultimaterecipeplugin.com or http://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-ultimate-recipe/ ?

    I admit, I'm a bit biased as I actually created (and manage) this plugin, but I do believe that WP Ultimate Recipe is one of the most user-friendly recipe plugins out there.

    Just to name a few things that a recipe plugin should do:
    - Nicely format recipes
    - Ability to print recipes without any clutter (eg images or website layout)
    - Allow readers to adjust ingredient quantities to their serving size
    - Display an index of all recipes on your blog

    I'm always interested in hearing feedback or suggestions, so feel free to contact me!

  9. I agree with littlemissmoi. Just something that offers a compressed form that is separated from the rest of the text and is able to be printed easily would be perfect. I understand wordpress.com is free and won't have all of the bells and whistles, but having something that caters to recipe bloggers would be beneficial.

    brechtvds, it is my understanding that those plug ins are for wordpress.org and cannot be uploaded to wordpress.com. Is that correct?

  10. That is indeed the situation at the moment, which is why I propose to work with wordpress.com to make this plugin available for their users.

    If needed we can make some adjustments to tailor it to their specific needs.

  11. @designsimply, it would also be great if the plug in had a spot for number of servings and cook time as well as a compressed format and print option. Thank you! I look forward to seeing what you guys do!

  12. There are a couple of themes that have them built-in, I believe. They are newer themes with foodie names. I believe Confit, which is gorgeous, is one of them.

  13. This is the theme raincoaster referred to http://theme.wordpress.com/themes/confit/ It has a built-in Food Menus feature.
    see here http://confitdemo.wordpress.com/menu/

  14. Confit says that it has lots of options that are restaurant specific, but not for recipes that I can tell. I looked at several other foodie themes as well and they either didn't have a recipe feature or they were not free.

  15. Well at that point you have to weigh the cost of the theme against the cost of self-hosting to use the plugin. I don't think we have any themes that would make it more expensive to host here.

  16. Thanks for all the feedback! :)

    Here's what our developers have added so far:
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/shortcodes/recipes/

    Looks like a lot of what you mentioned got covered. Cool!

    One extra plus is that it's a shortcode and should work in any theme. I hope you guys like it!

  17. Fabulous!

  18. Great, don't have all that many recipes, but now I can go back and fine tune things a bit

    Thanks WordPress.com for listening - see folks - no Plugin needed, yes a bit basic, but I am sure it will get better over time

  19. I've never used a shortcode before but am just retiring my old wordpress blog and starting a new one which only has one recipe on it so far, so I can go and tinker. Thanks for listening WordPress.

  20. Tried it. Love it. Simple, straightforward and looks good in my theme! Thank you!

  21. Thank you so much! It's so simple and it looks beautiful! Thank you for turning this out so quickly!!

  22. I admit that it was already being worked on when I saw this thread. :) It was really good timing! And I like seeing community feedback on features like this one.

  23. @designsimply
    There's more feedback here and it's all positive > http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2014/01/07/foodie-bloggers-listen-up/

  24. @timethief, great post!! It's soft launched on WordPress.com (meaning it's public but not "officially" announced anywhere yet), so you totally scooped it! (pun intended) ;) hahaha

  25. @designsimply
    Yes I scooped it but but I am sending all the feedback here to this thread and Sara has some ideas that I just sent her to post here. Not to worry I've always been a team player. lol :D

  26. So excited to hear about this addition! I did a mock up and noticed a few things....

    It would be nice if you could make the recipe title a little more pronounced, like you could use the Header option for formating like you do in a post like you already are able to do. The Header or Header 2 would look very nice for a recipe title.

    Also, I think it would be lovely that when you hit the print button (which is fantastic and love that there's no clutter like ads and whatnot) that the formatted colors you've used in the recipe for headers and such would transfer over. Right now it seems to take all the formatting and make it basic. Would be a perk but if it's not possible I understand.

    Lastly, I think it would be nice if we could include a picture of the dish with the recipe card. Just very nice features I've seen on other recipe cards throughout the web.

  27. It would be nice if you could make the recipe title a little more pronounced, like you could use the Header option for formating like you do in a post like you already are able to do.

    You can use headers for the content inside the recipe. Did you try it and it didn't work?

    Also, I think it would be lovely that when you hit the print button that the formatted colors you've used in the recipe for headers and such would transfer over.

    Ah, yes. This may depend on the theme itself. Each theme may have print styles that are different from the in-browser view of the post. I think most themes will display print-friendly versions without colors. I do think you could modify that behavior using the Custom Design upgrade which is a paid add-on if you'd like to customize how the themes are designed to work out of the box.

    Lastly, I think it would be nice if we could include a picture of the dish with the recipe card.

    Just add an image normally inside the shortcode.

  28. This is such exciting news! When I started my foodie blog I was disappointed WP didn't have any way (that noob me could figure) to embed recipes into a post. So I do "add media" and insert a PDF into the highlighted text. I've got a lot of good feedback on my recipe PDFs from my readers, they love that it can be printed and has my hand drawn personal header image on each one for uniformity. However, I will start by using this new plug in on my "Recipes" page to see how it works before I update all my posts, if it works for me ;)

    *Happy dance* :D

  29. @jobakes
    Hi there,
    So you scooted right on over, did you? lol :D I love you Readers of mine because you are so enthusiastic that you keep me going. It's not a plugin. It's a shortcode. I apologize if I confused you on that. But do try it and let Staff know how it goes for you and post any feedback you have here later, okay?

  30. Just tried the embedding as a test and I saved the post as private. It worked, but I can't see the "PRINT" on the upper right hand corner that shows up on "Recipe Shortcode in Action"

    I read this:
    Print: a link to print the recipe is displayed by default. To hide the print button, set this attribute to false by adding print=”false”

    It states the "print" is displayed by default, but I don't see it.
    Am I missing something?

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