Recipe Reviews

It’s really encouraging to have people give you feedback on your recipes. When people can give you feedback, a sense of community is created on your website and it encourages more and more people to join.

Recipe Reviews allows your visitors to add a comment with their recipe rating.

You’re no longer left wondering what they loved about the recipe — they will give you a 5-star rating with a comment!


  1. Go to Zip Recipes > Manage Extensions from your admin site
  2. Check RecipeReviews
  3. Ensure VisitorRatings is unchecked
  4. If you already have ratings in your recipes that were done anonymously by visitors (using the VisitorRatings feature), you can choose to keep those ratings by checking off Include only ratings that have comments — old ratings submitted anonymously will not affect your recipe ratings when this option is checked off
  5. Click Save

Your visitors will now be able to rate your recipes and leave a comment along side the rating. You can approve these comments or disapproved spam.

Recipe Reviews supports JetPack comments as well as WordPress comments.

Visitor Rating

Engaging with you readers is very important. The Visitor Rating feature allows your website visitors to vote on your recipes without logging in.

When a visitor rates a recipes, they will see that rating in the future and can change it as well. This allows visitors that come back to a recipe frequently to remember how well they liked it:

We have spam protection in place where if we detect that someone’s abusing the ratings and clicking too frequently, we start to delay them so your ratings are not affected.

How it Appears on Search Engines like Google

You recipe ratings will appear on Google’s search engine results page and make your recipe pop out!


If you don’t wish to allow your visitors to rate your recipes, you can deactivate this feature from Zip Recipes > Manage Extensions.

From the extension list, uncheck VisitorRating and then click Save:

Screenshot: Deactivating Visitor Ratings for your recipes

Automatic Nutrition usage instructions

As of the most recent version, there’s no setup needed for Automatic Nutrition. You should have your license activated, which is used as authentication.

How to do it

1. Go to Recipes > Add Recipe to create a new recipe.

2. In this example, `I will create a recipe called, `Broccoli Zuchini soup` so I enter that as the recipe title.

3. I create the recipe, filling out all parts: ingredients, instructions, image etc. For nutrition values, it is important to enter the number of servings in “Yields”

4. Now, save your recipe by clicking on ” save” in the right hand corner. If you forget it, the system will remind you.

5. Then, to create a nutrition label I simply click on ” Nutrition” next to ” General” which is where I am now (Pink in the screenshot)


6. Ten, click ” generate label”

6. Now, the magic happens as nutrition data gets calculated and the nutrition label is generated!

Note: when you enable the option: ” use separate ingredients for the nutrition generation” you get a new hidden field in which you can list the ingredients that you do want to include. This is handy if, for example you do not want to include certain ingredients in the label, or the plug in does not recognise certain ingredients you use. Also, if you write your recipes and posts in a language other than english or spanish, you can use this field to enter your ingredients in english or spanish, and still show a nice nutrition label on your posts.

Guidelines for ingredients

If you follow these guideline you will ensure that Zip Recipes will always correctly recognise the content of your recipe.

There is really one basic rule – if another person can understand an ingredient line you wrote without having to stop and think about what it contains, then we will understand it correctly too.

Ingredient line guidelines:

  • Always include an ingredient quantity: 3 oz butter cookies is preferable to butter cookies or tuiles
  • Shorten and simplify the line: 2 cans garbanzo beans, drained is preferable to 2-2 1/2 cans of washed and drained garbanzo beans
  • If possible do not include more than one alternative to an ingredient in a line: 2 red or yellow peppers is preferable to 2 red, yellow or green peppers
  • We prefer to have only one ingredient per line although we can handle two ingredients: 2 eggs is preferable to 2 eggs and 1 cup grated cheese
  • If oil is used for frying, indicate so in the ingredient line (add the words for frying), so we can accurately calculate how much gets absorbed. Example: 1 qt olive oil for frying or just oil for frying
  • For stocks and broths, include stock or broth in the recipe title, so we can accurately calculate the remaining nutritional value once it’s strained.
  • For marinades and brining, please include at the end of each ingredient line for the marinade the words for the marinade or for brining
  • For salt and pepper without quantity attached we apply an algorithm which applies value for salt and pepper based on recipe weight
  • Avoid adding complicated cooking instructions within the ingredient line: 2 large carrots, sliced or chopped is preferred to 2 large carrots, chopped for blanching in the chicken broth


Standard, the nutrition label is included in the print version of your recipe. In your post, the placing of the nutrition label is underneath the recipe. And the format of the nutrition labe is html, which is better for Google results. But of course you can change these default settings.

Disabling Nutrition Label From Appearing in Printed Recipes

You can choose not to let the nutrition label appear in printed recipes.

1. Go to Zip Recipes > Automatic Nutrition

2. Select Don't include Nutrition Label in printed recipe

3. Click Save Changes:


Changing the placing of the label

standard the label is underneath the recipe. Like this:

However, we like it more next to the recipe, as you can see in the recipes on our demo site:

This you can do by enabling the option: Don’t include Nutrition label in recipe. Again, under settings, automatic nutrition. (See ” disabling nutrition label from appearing in printed recipes”. )

Now the label will not be included in the recipe anymore, in stead it can be placed as a widget on your site. For this, use the settings in your own wordpress theme. You can place it anywhere you like.


Recipe Picture Gallery

How to add a Recipe Gallery

With Zip Recipes, you can now easily create a beautifully styled Recipe Gallery. It will automatically add a json description of the gallery for Google to understand and use in rich snippets. Wherever you want on your site, you can add pictures and present your recipes just the way you like it.

Making a picture gallery in Gutenberg in 2 easy steps:

  1. Make a new page. (You can also add a picture gallery block in a post. For example when you want to write a post about ” fall recipes” in which you want to present all your fall recipes. In that case, make a new post here)

shows where to click to add recipe grid

2. Click the plus sign to add a block, then click on Zip Recipes Grid. (or type Grid in the search bar)

Now you see this:

shows the recipe grid look and options

As you can see, your recipes will be loaded automatically. To start with, the recipe grid loads all categories but you can change that by scrolling down in options and selecting  specific category. To the right, marked with red, you see all the options you have. you can choose how the pictures are animated, how big the pictures should be, if you want a title underneath or not, etc. Just play around for a while and see what you prefer.

In Classic Editor, you can click the Grid icon in the editor toolbar menu, or insert the shortcode [zrdn-grid]

You have several options you can use here, like

  • category = “slugname”
  • recipesPerPage = 20
  • layoutMode = grid or mosaic
  • showTitle = true/false (show a title below each recipe image

Creating a Recipe Index

Creating Your First (Alphabetical) Index

An index adds structure to your site, you can make several different types. Here’s how to do the alphabetical one:

1. Under Zip Recipes menu click Recipe Indexes:

2. Click Create New Recipe Index:

3. Click Save. This will create an alphabetical index:

4. Now, let’s show the index in a page. Copy the shortcode by highlighting, right clicking on it and then clicking Copy:

5. Create a new Page by clicking Pages > Add New menu:

6. Add a title like Recipe Index and then paste the shortcode in the body:

7. Publish it.

8. View the published page.

9. You should see your first index page. As you can see it’s categorized alphabetically:


Creating a Category-based Index

1. Under Zip Recipes menu click Recipe Indexes:

2. Click Create New Recipe Index:

3. Select Recipe category under Group recipes using

4. Click Save. This will create a category index.

5. Copy the shortcode by highlighting, right clicking on it and then clicking Copy:

6. Create a new Page by clicking Pages > Add New menu:

7. Add a title like Category Index and paste the shortcode here:

8. Publish it.

9. View the published page.

10. Now you’ll see you recipes grouped by category that they were saved in:

11. For example, my Chicken Paprika recipe has the category Hungarian and it shows up under Hungarian in the Index page: