As of this month, I have been blogging for two years. One year ago, I began self-hosting. There were a lot of things I took into consideration when I made that decision, but the one thing that pushed me over? Recipe card plugins.
It’s amazing how one little thing can completely change the look and feel of your blog.
The BEST Recipe Card Plugin for Food Bloggers
I started out using Ziplist Recipe Clipper, which was…fine. It got the job done. But if you don’t have a very intimate knowledge of CSS, you can’t customize it. Which meant most of my recipes looked like this:
As I said, it does the job. But it just wasn’t what I wanted.
I have been looking into other plugins for a while, but they always get such terrible reviews. In all honesty, Ziplist doesn’t get very good reviews either (mostly because of the customization thing).
And then last week, I was participating in a link party. I can’t remember whose blog I was commenting on, but her recipe card was gorgeous. There was no watermark on the bottom, though. So I clicked “save” and it took me to a “Yumprint” URL.
When I got home, I looked it up and then immediately installed their plugin.
And I will NEVER go back to Ziplist!
Note: I am not trying to sell you anything, this is not a sponsored post. I just really love this recipe card!
Yumprint Recipe Card
First, the Yumprint recipe card is FREE (download the WordPress plugin here).
If you haven’t seen my recipes, you should check them out! Because these cards are gorgeous and there are SO MANY built-in customizations! The Ziplist card I just showed you? Here’s what it looks like now:
It’s so much prettier and has so many more details!
- Beautiful and easy to customize
- Interactive buttons (Ziplist wouldn’t even let me insert rollover images)
- Readers can rate a recipe and leave reviews!
- Picture can be a thumbnail (as shown above) or it can be larger. Again, more customization!
- The plugin calculates the nutritional information on its own! It’s not 100% accurate, but it’s usually pretty close! Most of my recipes have been accurate within 10 calories.
- I haven’t used the Support forum yet, but I’ve read through it. The mods are actually helpful (unlike with Ziplist).
- You can create and save your own theme, which is nice if you like to change things up every once in a while. You don’t completely lose your customization if you choose to go back at some point.
- Customization shows a preview of your changes.
- Shows you a full Nutritional Facts label if you click on “more.”
- Even though the nutritional information cannot be manually changed, if it is COMPLETELY OFF and it’s bugging you enough, you can click on that “Does this look wrong?” link and send them an email about it. So at least you’re not completely helpless!
- Nutritional information is not always so accurate. And you do have to put in exact measurements. For instance, with mixed drinks, most people just use “shots” as a measurement for liquor, which the plugin does not recognize. Without the measurements, my Pumpkin Bombs were calculated at 1500 calories (NOPE!). Once I added the measurements in ounces, they were brought down to a more accurate 237 calories.
- Unlike most other recipe card plugins, this will not import your Ziplist recipes. If you want to change the recipe card on your old recipes, you will have to do it by hand. To me, it was worth it, but I doubt everyone will feel the same way considering how time-consuming that is.
- Nutritional information cannot be edited manually. However, it can be disabled.
- Only shows “Serves” OR “Yields,” not both.
- Does not let you use your own fonts in custom changes. However, the large number of beautiful fonts it already has installed is perfectly adequate. I’m very happy with it.
- You can change the fonts of each section, but some sections are tied to each other. For instance, the nutritional information and the time information are the same font, no matter what.
- There have been complaints that the plugin will significantly slow down your site. I have not had this problem. However, I find that the plugin itself can be rather slow when I first save a recipe. After that, it’s great!
- If there is a way to customize how the recipe looks when it prints, I haven’t figured it out. It’s on my “To-Do” list.
- If you have to rebrand, you recipes will not transfer. (Unlike with Penci Recipe, which is what I’m using now because it came with my theme.)
Overall, the pros (for me) FAR outweigh the cons. This plugin adds so much style to my blog. I can’t believe how much more professional it looks!
If you’re a food blogger (or you post recipes at all) and you’re not as happy with your current plugin situation as you’d like to be, DEFINITELY give this one a try!
Download the Yumprint Recipe Plugin!
What plugin do you use? Do you like it? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments!
Wow! Chelsey, this post came at the perfect time, as I’m in starting a new WordPress site and this great tip will definitely help make the recipes page shine. I’m grateful and excited. Plugins are FANTABULOUS all in all! I’ll keep you posted.
Btw, Chelsey, talking about great plugins, what did you use to get those lovely images on your sidebar, like Today’s Top Posts, and also is that another plugin for You May Also Like? (Love that too!) Because I’m also using the same theme, Sugar and Spice. Amazing how versatile it is… see mine http://www.gloriasilk.com and let me know what you think. Thanks again.
Thanks, Tanya! The sidebar is actually not a plugin! “Today’s Top Posts” is a widget that automatically comes with WP (I just changed the title 😛 ). And “You May Also Like” is just a text box widget. I inserted images that I created, used my Create Roll Over Images tutorial to make them change when you hover over them, and then linked them to the post. Very simple and gives you complete control over the look and feel. 🙂
Ah, perfect, that’s what I’d used for the book trailers. Thank you so much! You have another fan! 🙂
Thank you, Tanya! 🙂
I’m using Ultimate Recipe plugin and I’ve thought about changing. Did you leave your older recipes in the ZipList format? Or can you export them?
Thanks for sharing this info…very helpful!
Hi, Bobby! As I said, this particular plugin will not import old recipes. Some of my older recipes have been left in the Ziplist format, but I am in the process of changing them by hand.
I hope that helps! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂
been trying to figure out a good recipe plugin for when i post recipes! thanks so much for sharing this thorough review! will have to try it out 🙂
Thanks, Amanda! I hope it works for you!
Yumprint does look much cuter than Ziplist! I’m still torn on whether to keep writing out my own recipes on my blog or to switch to a recipe card app. I wonder if any of them are compatible with Squarespace. Thanks for posting, this was very helpful!
I’m not familiar with Squarespace, but if you can find an app that works for you, there are lots of benefits! The best is being able to just hit the “Print” button, rather than copying and pasting into Word first. A recipe card app will also help with SEO. 🙂
Oh! Yumprint seems really cool, but sadly I do use blogger. Do you know of any recipe card options for blogger? Thanks so much!!
I’m not really sure! A lot of people recommend Easy Recipe, which might be on Blogger.
Your site is very cute!
Thanks for all the great info! I actually just started out my food blog and can’t figure out how to get the recipe cards to show up on my email subscriptions. In the emails it just comes up as the code for the card. Have you figured out a way to work around this by any chance? I definitely don’t want to switch to another plugin!
StawmarySmith, no, I have not. I also don’t recommend doing that, for two reasons: 1) You want your subscribers to have a reason to click through to your blog, so I only show excerpts of posts and one photo. 2) I don’t know if you monetize, but if you do or ever decide to, any affiliate links you have in your blog post will show up in the email. This would violate the terms of the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003 and you could be fined $16,000 per violation/email. (To keep my emails from containing affiliate links, I make sure they show up far enough into the post that they won’t be within my excerpt.)
Of course, if you don’t monetize, then you don’t have to worry about CAN-SPAM. 😛
You’re free to send your emails however you want, of course! I just wanted to make sure you were well-informed first. 🙂
Wow, thank you so much for that info! You’re totally right and I’ll shorten the emails so people click through. And thanks for telling me about the affiliate links – I had no idea! You rock 🙂
No problem! I’m glad it helped! 🙂
Been looking everywhere for a good plugin! You’re a lifesaver!
Hope you like it, Jo!