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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!

Setup

  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!

Deactivating

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 Posts > Add New to create a new post for the recipe.

2. In this example, we will create a recipe called, `Best Brownies For Mom` so enter that as the post title. This was borrowed from Tupperware.

3. Click the Zip Recipes icon from the toolbar:

4. Select your image, author, and then enter the Ingredients, and Instructions.

5. Then enter the number of servings in Yields field and click `Calculate Nutrition` button:

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

If you scroll further down, you will see the calculated nutrition values:

7. Click Add Recipe, and then view the published recipe with nutrition label. In this example, we’re using the Canada premium recipe card theme.

When you scroll to the bottom of the recipe, you will see the detailed nutrition facts label:

8.

When users put their mouse over the nutrition label, a tooltip will show up explaining what they’re looking at. In our example, it will say Nutrition label for Best Brownies For Mom. This will help with Google Image ranking and your nutrition label with your blog name may appear when people search for Nutrition label for ____: ![](https://ziprecipes.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Best_Brownies_For_Mom_–_Stage_Blog-2.png)

Guidelines

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

Settings

When your readers print a recipe that has the nutrition label, the nutrition label will also be printed, unless you actively disable that option: (further on you can read how tot do that)

Disabling Nutrition Label From Appearing in Printed Recipes

You can also 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:

4. Now when readers want to print your recipe, they will not see the nutrition label:

 

Recipe Picture Gallery

1. Under Zip Recipes menu click Recipes Grid:

2. Click Create New Recipe Index:

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

4. Now, let’s show the picture gallery 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 All Recipes - Alphabetically and then paste the shortcode in the body:

7. Publish it

8. View the published page

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

Creating Your First Category-based Recipe Gallery

1. Under Zip Recipes menu click Recipes Grid:

2. Click Create New Recipe Index:

3. Select Recipe category under Group recipes using

4. Click Save. This will create a category recipe gallery.

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 All Recipes - By Category 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:

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: