Rich Snippets in Google, getting the most out of it

Images in Rich Snippets sometimes seem elusive: you have set it up correctly right? Why isn’t Google showing the image you prepared with so much care!

Sometimes it’s just as simple as ratio’s or pixel count. Google prefers images of at least 50K pixels, and prefers the image in three different ratio’s: 1×1, 4×3 and 16×9. See for more information on Google’s preferences this article.

To give a user full control over the snippet images, I’ve added a new tab in the recipe editor, which allows a user to manage the images manually. This is not necessary! Zip Recipes will automatically generate the required images in the correct ratio’s and pixel size. If you image quality is too low, you will see a warning about this.

This feature takes the guesswork out of the rich snippets, and is now part of both free and premium versions of Zip Recipes.

 

 

Nutrition label in Zip Recipes free

In the most recent version of Zip Recipes (free version) a new feature has been introduced: a beautiful styled HTML and CSS Nutrition Label. To get this label you can just enter all the nutrition data, and it will appear below your recipe. When not enough data is present, it won’t show. When the data is there, it will show up like this:

 

Or you can take a look at the nutrition label on our demo site for a live preview.

If you still prefer the nutrition data to show in text, you can just enable the option “use text for nutrition data”. If you enable “hide nutrition info”, it will be hidden, both text and label.

The data will get automatically sent with your site in Google friendly json+ld, which is Google’s preferred method for schema.org rich snippets.

 

Meet the new recipe grid!

This week we’ve released Recipe Grid 2 (part of Zip Recipes Lover), which will replace the previous Recipe Index and Recipe Gallery. The new grid has been designed to make your recipes look mouthwatering, and trigger your users to try multiple recipes. They’re searchable and filterable in a quick and easy way. Check out the new gallery on our demo recipe blog!

The recipes are also shipped with a json+ld description for Google to read: json+ld is Google’s preferred method to send microdata with the recipes, allowing Google to show rich snippets in the search results.

There are numerous options to configure your grid: number of recipes, load more button or not, search, show with or without title, etc.

The Gutenberg interface is especially easy to use: just insert the Zip Recipes Grid block, and you’ll have your grid. By clicking on it, you can start editing your grid, adjusting it to your preferences!

It is live! Update 6.0.0!

We just went live with the new update, 6.0.0! We are really excited about this update, it has a totally new look, and it is much easier to add, link or delete recipes. There is a new item in your dashboard; called “recipes” where you can see all your added recipes, and filter them, edit them or search for something. All without first having to edit all the linked posts. (Of course, you can also still do that, if you want to.) Also, you now get a preview of your recipe, as you are typing. You do not have to look at the post first.

We really think you will love this update! We welcome all feedback, so let us know through support or in the comments below.

The way to add a recipe is slightly different from what you might be used to. Click here to see how.

Zip Recipes interface update: 6.0.0

The last few weeks I’ve been working on a new interface for Zip Recipes. There were some issues with saving data, and personally, I didn’t like the old interface very much. This update is scheduled to be released next week.

Please know that this update is only the beginning! My aim with Zip Recipes is to make it the easiest to use plugin available. I hope you will feel this is a step in the right direction: more improvements are on their way, but if you have any ideas, just let me know!

The plugin is now in beta, testing is really appreciated, this can be done by downloading it here.

The recipes now have their own overview, where you can edit and delete them. In each post, you can switch recipes, add new, or insert an existing recipe. This works the same both for Gutenberg as for Classic Editor.

In the old interface, you couldn’t access a recipe if you removed the shortcode. This problem is now resolved. The update also creates more room for the user interface, so we can now show a live preview of the recipe.