New schema.org nutrition label

Today we’ve released the 5.0.12 version of Zip Recipes lover, which now includes an alternative method to display the Nutrition Label. Until now, the Nutrition Label was generated as an image, downloaded to your site, then displayed below the recipe. This was great, but had a downside: search engines like Google have much more trouble seeing what an image is about than when it’s just characters. To make it even easier for Google to understand the nutrition label, we have created a schema.org compatible Nutrition Label. An additional advantage is that the html/css variant is very sharp and clear, more so than the image label.

(Schema.org is a collaborative, community activity with a mission to create, maintain, and promote schemas for structured data on the Internet, on web pages, in email messages, and beyond)

To let you be more flexible with the placement of the Nutrition Label, we’ve also added a Nutrition Label widget, and shortcode. This gives you, the user, detailed control over the placing of the label, and so over the look of your recipe. For example, on our demo website (in progress, but soon to contain more recipes and examples) in the first demo recipe: demo.ziprecipes.net/mississippi-mud-pie you can see a recipe where the default Nutrition Label (at the bottom) is hidden. Instead, we have added the label as widget in the sidebar, as schema.org html/css.

 

Automatic updates released for Zip Recipes

This week, we released a great new feature for Zip Recipes: automatic updates. Why is this important for you? If you’re an existing customer, you only need to manually install one  more update, then you can always update with just one click, from the WordPress backend! See detailed installation instructions.

We will be emailing you this week about this update, and you will also receive a download link and license key. The license key tells the server the update is requested by a user with a valid subscription, then WordPress will download the package and install the update for you, like any other plugin. For Zip Recipes Lover users, the license key will also be used to validate access to the nutrition API.

This update als changes the user account on Zip Recipes. We will be migrating you soon, but if you’re not in the system yet, let us know and we can add you straight away.

When you’re in the new back-end, you can register with the email you used for the purchase, and then you’ll be able to access your account, where you can access your downloads, upgrades, renewals, and cancellations.

 

Server availability issues on monday

We were having server connectivity issues on Monday, the issues have been resolved now.

We’re currently working an a renewed licensing and api structure. This was an unintentional side effect. Apologies for any inconvenience caused. If you have any questions, please contact us at https://ziprecipes.net/support

Zip Recipes, some changes coming up!

Some changes coming up for Zip Recipes users! Really Simple Plugins has taken over development and support of Zip Recipes from Gezim. Really Simple Plugins is a small plugin development company consisting of three developers. If you have added SSL to your site you might have encountered us before: we’ve also developed Really Simple SSL, currently the largest plugin to get your site easily on SSL. We’re also currently working on Complianz GDPR, a GDPR and CCPA plugin which handles privacy requirements for US and EU, and for Canada as of later this year.

Of course I also have ideas about what this great plugin can do. So there will also be changes 🙂 The changes you will be seeing in the short term:

  • I will start adding a licensing system to the premium plugins, so users can easily update from the back-end.
  • The current Gutenberg implementation will be adjusted to make more effective use of the wysiwyg possibilities Gutenberg offers
  • Translations will be extended to more languages
  • Conversion between US and Metric measurement systems will be added

A lot more is coming, but I’m hoping for your input as well! If you have any ideas or suggestions for improvements, let me know!

Fix Recipes Markup for Your Website

Recently Google sent emails to website owners that are a bit hard to understand:

Below, we’ll explain the problem and what you can do to fix it right away — it’s not that hard!

“Recipes [with] markup issues” you read?! Then you think I thought Zip Recipes actually handles this for me! In some cases, it’s just a matter of filling out some fields, like the keywords or Cuisine fields.

When you dig further in to the issue, you might discover that Google has these specific issues:

Let’s explain what each one means:

  • Missing field aggregateRating: this means that your recipes don’t have visitor rating information. Likely they don’t have the ability to rate them. Follow the steps in Solution 2 to solve this.
  • Missing field recipeCuisine: this means that you have not set a recipe cuisine when you created your recipes. Follow the steps in Solution 1 to solve this.
  • Missing field keywords: this means that you have no added keywords to your recipe. As of 6.0.4, this is a field in the Recipe editor. Just add some keywords!
  • Missing field video: this means that you have not set videos for your recipes.
  • Missing field nutrition: this means that you recipes lack nutrition information
  • Missing field author: this means that your recipes don’t have an author set
  • Missing field description: this means that your recipes are missing basic descriptions.

Solutions

The good news is that you can fix most of these issues today!
All of the above issues indicate that you did not add some information to your recipes that Google deems important.

Some of the fields are available in the basic (free) plan of Zip Recipes so you can apply them with minimal effort. Some other fields are available in our Friend and Lover plans.

  • Description can be set in the More Options section of the recipe entry screen:
    1. Edit your recipe
    2. Enter your recipe’s description in the Description field :
  • Recipe cuisine can be set in the More Options section of the recipe entry screen as well:
    1. Edit your recipe
    2. Enter the recipe cuisine in Cuisine:
  • Aggregate rating basically means recipe ratings.
    1. Upgrade to the friend plan
    2. Now you visitors can give your recipes a rating based on a 5-star rating system:
  • Author settings is the field that contains your name (you do want the credit for your recipes, don’t you?)
    1. Upgrade to the Friend plan
    2. Set yourself as the author of all your recipes in one step in Zip Recipes > Settings page:

 

Nutrition

    • data can be added to your English and Spanish recipes with 1 click! We call this feature

Automatic Nutrition.

    1. Upgrade to the Lover plan
    2. Edit your recipe
    3. Click Calculate Nutrition button to automatically calculate your nutrition information:
    4. You also get a Nutrition Facts label without any work!