ZipList Recipe Plugin

If you’re a food blogger you will probably want to use a recipe plugin. There are a few good recipe plugins around, such as EasyRecipe or ZipList Recipe. They are both great, I have used them both but I ended up choosing ZipList only because the version of EasyRecipe plugin I was using was incompatible with my blog theme I was using at the time, so I switched to ZipList. I do have to warn you that if you switch from one plugin to another you will have to edit each recipe manually, so if you have a few hundred recipes this could take quite a while. That’s why it’s important to start your food blog properly from the beginning.

Why should you use a Recipe Plugin?

There are many reasons why you should use a recipe plugin, but the main reason is that it makes your recipes SEO friendly which means your recipes are more likely to appear in Google’s recipe search. The other reason which I think it’s important is that a recipe plugin allows you to easily format all your recipes the same way, which means it makes it easier for you to style your recipes, all you have to do is enter the ingredients and the cooking instructions.

With ZipList Recipe you also get a bonus feature and that is the Save Recipe button which allows your readers to quickly save your recipe to a universal recipe  and shopping list directly from your site which also links back to your blog. This then creates backlinks to your blog which we know by now that backlinks are very important.

How do I install ZipList Recipe plugin?

In wordpress, go to Plugins -> Add new. You will get the following screen.

In the search box type ziplist recipe and click on the Search Plugins button. The ziplist plugin should be the first one in the list.

Click on Install Now. You will be asked if you’re sure you want to install this plugin, so just click OK.

Click on Active Plugin. The plugin will be activated and on your wordpress navigation menu on the left, you will now see ZipList Recipe Plugin. If you click on this link, this will take you to the Settings page for the plugin.

Configure this as you see fit.

How do I use ZipList Recipe Plugin?

Once ZipList is installed, it’s very easy to use. When you create a new post you will now notice that there is an extra icon.

This is the ZipList icon you will use whenever you want to add a recipe in one of your posts. When you click you will get a popup window. The Recipe title will come from your Post Title. The recipe image is the URL to the image you want included in your recipe.

Now just start entering your ingredients and instructions. You will notice there is a More Options link above the Add Recipe button. Use this to enter additional information such as prep time, cooking time, etc.

Click on Add Recipe when you’re done, and that’s all there is to it. This is what your recipe will look like without any additional formatting.

 

Not bad, for doing very minimal amount of work, you have a professional looking recipe.

 

Comments

  1. Thx this was definitely helpful and very well written.

  2. You might also want to check out the GetMeCooking recipe plugin http://www.getmecooking.com/wordpress-recipe-plugin

    If you look at the download stats (http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/getmecooking-recipe-template/), you will see that it usually gets more downloads than the ZipList plugin – over 11,000 since we brought it out in September 2011.

    You refer to ‘Google’s recipe search’. Did you know that Microsoft Bing had a recipe search feature over a year before Google? The Rich Snippets function was recently renamed to ‘Structured Data’ and uses the http://www.Schema.org structures. See http://www.getmecooking.com/article/why-are-search-engines-being-slow-to-roll-out-their-recipe-search-functionality for more information.

  3. thnaks you are a life saver.

  4. I just switched from easy recipe, to ziplist. And I am loving it! I am a new food blogger, so thankfully, I only have a few recipes to move.

    • Hi Sarah, yeah it’s easy when you only have a few, however you can keep both plugins then you wouldn’t have to switch them all over. Just saw your blog, love it. :)

  5. Hello!
    I love your blog Jo cooks and I just ran into this one. Lots of useful information! Thanks so much! I would like to add the ZipList plugin to my blog as well but my question is can I still do it, considering I am in blogspot.com (and if yes, how do I go about it)? Your instructions are only for adding it to a blog that is under WordPress. Thank you so much!

    • Hi Nadia,
      Thank you so much. :) Right now Ziplist is only for wordpress, but they do have a page where they have some instructions on how to create well formed recipes to help with search engines. Hope this helps, good luck to you. :)

  6. Do you know how to add a downloadable book to a food blog using wordpress?

  7. Hi Jo,
    So I added the ZipList plugin, and I’m not sure if its’ not compatible with my them or not, but I really didn’t like how it changed the look of my posts. I have added an SEO plugin from Yoast on my site, and I make sure that I follow all the necessary steps to make my pages SEO. Is it absolutely necessary that I have a plugin such as ZipList? My blog is only a couple months old, so still not being indexed very high with Google, but I think I’m starting to see some improvement. Any advice? Also, I am thinking I would like to hire a web developer to expand my site, and help with overall design. What are your thoughts on that? I really like your blog, by the way. Very helpful. I want my blog/site to be a success, but it can seem pretty daunting!

    • Hi Kris,
      It’s not necessary to use a plugin like ZipList, but I do recommend it because it does make your recipes SEO friendly otherwise you’d have to do it all yourself, not impossible, but not fun either. I’d say hiring a web developer is a smart idea, especially if you’re not too great with web design. Just make sure you don’t overspend so early in the game. Also it can take a long time for your blog to be indexed high with google, it’s all a mystery.

  8. Hey Jo,
    It looks like you’re using the Foodie child theme. You mentioned that you had compatibility issues with EasyRecipe (was that the free or “Plus” version?). What were the compatibility issues? I’m using that same combination right now (EasyRecipe Plus). I’m wondering if that’s the reason my slider is cutting off my images…

    Cheers

    • I just started using Foodie child theme recently and I’m not running into any compatibility issues now. I do have the Plus version and currently I’m actually using both plugins because I just haven’t had time to go back into all my 600+ posts and convert all the recipes. I was running into compatibility issues with an old theme I was using. The issues was just that the easy recipe plugin css was overwriting the theme css. I believe if you email support for foodie theme they will help you with your issue pretty quickly.

  9. Thanks for the plugin info. I was using Ziplist for a while and then when I updated it to version 2.5, it doesn’t allow you to put multiple recipes in a single post. That sucks because I always did two recipes in each post! So I tried out Easy Recipe and like it, but am not sure if it’s worth it to switch totally to them so I can have multiple recipes in one post and possible better SEO? Any ideas on which is better for that? Ziplist or Easy Recipe? Thanks!

    • I’m switching to Easy Recipe now and am finding that I like it better, but mostly because of the formatting, I think it looks nicer. But as far as functionality, besides what you mentioned I think they’re the same.

  10. Is it possible to use Ziplist or easy recipe with blogger?

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