WP Tasty is a WordPress plugin made specifically for food blogs.
Today, while food blogs becoming more and more popular and the demand for good recipes is getting higher, it was just a matter of time until WordPress will have a dedicated plugin for the food world.
In this article, we will review the WP Tasty plugin, what is it for, and how to use it.
Recipes and the Schema Markup
When creating a recipe blog post, it is very important to make it the right way in order to have a chance for the recipe to be found and rank high in Google search results.
Just writing the recipe is not enough and it must be published in a certain way to compete with the other recipes that are already ranking high.
Let’s take the ‘Banana Pie’ term for example when searching for banana pie in google, we immediately can see recipe results packed with relative information regarding the search query.
As you can see in the image above, the results displaying recipe relative information like the dish image, website name, review, cooking time, ingredients, and etc.
The results above could only be achieved thanks to the HTML markup called Schema.
Schema is a set of extensible schemas that enables webmasters to embed structured data on their web pages for use by search engines and other applications.
In simple words, in order to rank for your recipes, you must improve your SEO with custom Schema tags that will tell Google that it’s a recipe blog post with relative information regarding the recipe.
That’s exactly what the WP Tasty plugin is good for.
What is WP Tasty
As I mentioned briefly above, WP Tasty is a WordPress plugin that was created specifically for the food lovers and website owners.
After activating the WP Tasty plugin, a new Gutenberg recipe block will be added to your blocks library.
The new WP Tasty block will have a dedicated field for every aspect of your recipes like title, description, ingredients, prep time, and etc.
The fields already contain the Schema markups that Google requires in them so you only need to focus on creating the best dishes you can possibly make.
WP Tasty Settings
You can get WP Tasty in a couple of ways. The first way is by purchasing the plugin from the official website for full price, and the second way is by getting it from here for a very affordable price. The plugin is the same plugin but the only difference is that we don’t provide technical support.
After downloading the plugin, from inside your WordPress dashboard, navigate to Plugins -> Add New -> Upload Plugin and upload WP Tasty.
After activating the plugin, navigate to Settings -> Tasty Recipes and into the Settings tab of the plugin.
Here you will have few options to define and set how to display your recipes.
You can check the different templates on the WP Tasty document page. You can also change it later on after creating your first recipe and see how it looks live on your website.
The second option, the Quick Links option will give you the option to display quick links to the recipe under the recipe title.
You can choose to display both Jump to Recipe and the Print Recipe links, only one of them or hide them both.
At the Sallysbakingaddiction website, you can see the Jump to Recipe link under the title.
Below the Quick Links option, you will have the option to set a default author link and Instagram handle and hashtag.
Make sure to click Save after you finished.
How to Use the WP Tasty Plugin
After you set up the plugin, it’s a great time to move forward to what you really like which is to publish your amazing dishes to the world.
When using the WP Tasty plugin, we creating recipes like simple WordPress blog posts.
From inside your WordPress dashboard, you’ll need to create a new post by navigating to Posts -> Add New.
Just like any other blog post, you’ll need to assign a title for the post, in our case it will be ‘Banana Pie With Walnuts’.
Now, click on the plus icon from the left top corner to add a new Gutenberg block, search for Tasty Recipe, and add it.
In the popup that will open up, you’ll need to fill some details about the recipe.
You’ll have many options to fill such as dish image, description, ingredients, notes, prep time, diet, nutrition, and etc.
You don’t have to fill them all but it’s recommended to do so if you know the details.
After filling the fields, click on Insert.
Please note that you can insert different blocks above or under the Tasty Recipe block.
In our example, we added some paragraph blocks above the recipe to describe the dish in greater detail.
After completing the blog post, click on publish and visit the post to see what it looks like.
Remember that the recipe is displaying in its default form, if you like it, keep it, if not, feel free to change the template from the settings tab and revisit the post to view the changes.
After I changed the template to Bold, the recipe looks way better.
WP Tasty Extensions
The WP Tasty plugin has a couple of extension plugins that can help you even more with your food blog.
The first extension called Tasty Links, and the second one is Tasty Pins.
Tasty Links will help you to generate passive income through affiliate links in your recipes.
For example, when using the Tasty Links extension, you can define that all the Baking Pan keywords across your blog and recipes will link to Amazon (or any other website) with your affiliate link.
After downloading Tasty Links, just upload it to your WordPress food blog just as you did with the WP Tasty plugin above.
After activating the Tasty Links plugin, navigate to Tasty Links -> Add New.
On this screen, enter the keyword that you would like to link, enter your affiliate link, and click publish.
Now, every time the keyword Baking Pan will appear in any blog post or recipe, it will link to your Amazon with your affiliate link.
The other WP Tasty extension called Tasty Pins.
The Tasty Pins extension will add extra options to optimize your images for SEO and Pinterest in a few ways.
After installing and activating the Tasty Pins plugin, you’ll be able to add an alt text and Pinterest text for every image you’ll add to your blog post or recipe.
After adding an image, new field options will be added to the right sidebar where you can enter specific text for Pinterest.
Also, at the bottom of under each blog post, you will be able to add more images that will not be displayed inside your post but will be available for the visitor to choose from when sharing the post on Pinterest.
Food blogs and websites are a great way to share your delicious dishes with your readers.
If you would like to reach more audiences and spread your recipes even further, you’ll need to do it the right way with good structure and SEO.
WP Tasty is the best WordPress food plugin that will help you to do just that.
Make sure to watch the video at the top of this page and comment down below if you have any questions.