Hello friends! So, in case any of you are still using EasyRecipe (and I know you’re out there because I see a lot of blogs still using EasyRecipe when I’m browsing around), you hopefully know it’s no longer supported.
What does this mean for you?
It means that it’s time to move to another, better, more up-to-date recipe plugin for your WordPress-based food blog.
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Why Migrate from EasyRecipe If It’s Still Working?
- Plugins that haven’t been updated recently are easier to hack
- By having plugins that haven’t been updated in awhile, you’re exposing yourself to security issues
- Older plugins also aren’t as compatible with other new technology – may cause problems if you update your theme, etc.
- And the tech world changes so quickly and so often, you’ll want a plugin that is following industry best practices to help your content be as successful as possible (so it plays nicely as other sites, like Pinterest, make updates) aka help rank higher in Google/Pinterest/etc. and generally improve SEO, among other benefits.
Why Is Tasty Recipes the Best Recipe Plugin for You?
I could write a whole blog post about the research I did on my new recipe plugin, Tasty Recipes by WP Tasty. This wasn’t a decision I came to quickly, and I did evaluate other recipe plugins. If you’re interested in this, please let me know.
At a high level, I think Tasty Recipes is the Best Recipe Plugin in 2019 because:
- It’s made by the team behind the super successful food blog, Pinch of Yum who also run another site about food blog best practices.
- On the WP Tasty web site, they say: “Tasty Recipes uses JSON-LD structured data to provide an in-depth view of your recipe to search engines, including both Pinterest and Google.” Which means it helps display nicely in sites like Pinterest and Google in addition to helping with search/etc.
- I saw it on other food blogs while I was browsing around, and I was impressed with the way those recipes looked.
- The call-to-action to tag you on Instagram and use your hashtag if someone makes the recipe helps drive engagement. At least, that’s what I’m hoping – time will tell.
- And the WP Tasty site also makes reference to the fact that their development work continues, which means they’ll stay on top of industry best practices.
- Plus, you can include nutrition information. And if you don’t have those numbers, you can purchase a separate tool, NutriFox to calculate nutrition info. NutriFox is also by WP Tasty and integrates nicely with Tasty Recipes.
Migrating from EasyRecipe to Tasty Recipes | My Experience
My experience migrating my recipes from the EasyRecipe plugin to Tasty Recipes was great! Here are a couple notes you may find helpful if you’re considering making the same migration:
- Install: Before I could migrate, I obviously had to purchase, install, and activate the Tasty Recipes plugin in my WordPress admin area. This was super easy – I followed the install instructions linked in their Purchase Receipt email.
- License Key: To make the plugin fully functional, I also needed to add the license key (available in my Tasty WP account page) in my WP admin area.
- Card Design: *high level* To make the published recipe look like I wanted, I set up the “Card Design” in the Settings -> Tasty Recipes area.
- Backups: Before migrating, I ensured I had a recent backup of my site and waited for a day I wasn’t adding content to my site (less to potentially lose).
- Migrating: To start, I migrated about 3 or 4 recipes, one at a time, checking each was good before moving on. Then, I did the batch conversion on the rest and spot-checked recipes for accuracy.
- About the Single Migration: This is available on the recipe post. Look for a button just above your editor. Note: the first one I did gave me an error message. But it actually converted just fine. Didn’t see errors after this.
- About the Batch Migration: Since I didn’t have any issues with the single migrations, I went ahead and did the batch conversion. This is available via Settings – Tasty Recipes. This completed in just a few minutes and it went super smoothly.
- Adding Nutrition Info: Tasty Recipes offers fields where you can add nutrition info, and it will display as part of the recipe card. Since I didn’t have any nutrition info calculated for any of my recipes, I started a free 14-day trial of NutriFox to calculate this for a couple of my popular recipes. Once my trial ends, I do plan to purchase NutriFox too. But Tasty Recipes will display nutrition info for free. You only need NutriFox for the calculation part, if you don’t have another tool for this.
What the Published Recipes Look Like
So there are multiple recipe card display options, but here’s what I’m using so far. The plugin taps into your theme to fit in nicely, visually.
Get the Tasty Recipes Plugin
Click here to get the Tasty Recipes plugin (or at least read more about it, watch their info video, etc.)
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Thanks for reading about my experience Migrating from EasyRecipe to Tasty Recipes for My Food Blog. Hope you found this helpful!