How to Use WP Recipe Maker

WP Recipe Maker is one of the free WordPress plugins that you can download to display your recipes on your food blog.  It’s the new plugin by the same people who make WP Ultimate Recipe but is advertised as a less complex version, compatible with more WordPress themes.  When I started making the switch over from a theme with built-in recipe capabilities to one that uses a plugin, I did extensive research into those on offer and found this to be the simplest to integrate into my site.  Here’s how you use WP Recipe Maker.

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How to use WP Recipe Maker

#1 Install and activate the plugin

Go to PLUGINS on your dashboard sidebar and ADD NEW.  Type RECIPE in the search box and click INSTALL NOW on WP RECIPE MAKER which pops up on the top row.

#2 start a new regular post

Go to POSTS >> ADD NEW on the dashboard sidebar and wait for the post template to appear.

3) Write the post

Write whatever text you want in the main box: the story of your recipe, some background information etc.  I’ll be showing you my recipe for Thai Green Prawn Curry.

4) Insert the recipe

Put your cursor at bottom of the post (or wherever you want the recipe to appear) and click on the WP RECIPE MAKER button on the toolbar.

#5 Load the plugin

This is the new dialogue box that pops up:

#6 Add your main recipe data to the plugin

Fill in the main recipe details such as how many it serves, cooking time, cuisine, course and so on, and hit SAVE.

#7 Complete the instructions and ingredients

Next is the INGREDIENTS AND INSTRUCTIONS tab.  The button ADD INGREDIENT will allow you to simply add individual ingredients; the button ADD INGREDIENT GROUP lets you add dividers for your instructions, such as “for the pasta” or “to make the icing” – whatever you need to simplify the process.

Meanwhile, INSTRUCTION GROUP subdivides your cooking steps and INSTRUCTION simply lists them, similarly to above.  You can grab the boxes by their three little lines on the left and drag them up and down to reorder.

Now, add in your ingredients in the top section and your instructions in the bottom and hit SAVE again.

#8 other tabs

The RECIPE NOTES tab is where you can enter any other details about the dish, for example, if you want to offer dietary substitutions or a kitchen tip on how to best complete part of the recipe.

The first tab on the list, IMPORT FROM TEXT, allows you to type an entire recipe in at once and then separate it into steps later.  This is particularly useful if you’re copying the recipe over from another programme on your computer or smartphone.

#9 iNSErt the recipe

When you have finished adding all the details you want, hit INSERT AND CLOSE in the bottom right-hand corner.  You will see the recipe box pop up in the main post area, where we placed the cursor in step #4. Hit SAVE DRAFT to protect all your hard work.

#10 Style it up

If you now preview the post, you will see everything you have written so far – including the recipe.  If you need to, you can click on WP RECIPE MAKER on the dashboard sidebar and can change some of the styling for the recipe plugin, including:

MANAGE which lets you click on any existing recipe or category to edit or delete;

IMPORT RECIPES which imports straight from Easy Recipe, Yummly, Tasty Recipes, Cookbook and WP Ultimate Recipe – to name just a few;

ADD ONS for upgrading your plugin;

SETTINGS which deals with the plugin’s appearance (more on this in a sec);

FAQ & SUPPORT for documentation, help and instructions on how to use the plugin.

#11 changing the appearance

The main sections of SETTINGS that you will want to use are APPEARANCE and LABELS.  LABELS allows you to change what your input items are called, for example, “prep time” can become “preparation” or “cuisine” can become “country” – it’s up to you.

In the APPEARANCE tab (WP RECIPE MAKER >> SETTINGS >> APPEARANCE) you can alter the text colour, text size, and font used in your plugin, to make them match your branding, as well as changing the template so that the recipe displays differently.  I choose to use the “Tastefully Simple” template as I think it looks most elegant.

Your turn!

Now it’s over to you to make WP Recipe Maker work for you!  Why not give your recipes a facelift and discover the full power of the plugin for yourself?

What recipe plugin do you use?



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