Installing Zip Recipes Premium

If you’re about to upgrade to our latest “automatic updates” release, you can follow the same steps, followed by activating the license. After that you can automatically install updates from the WordPress plugins overview page!

  1. Download the latest version of the premium version from the email you received called: “your purchase receipt”.  Alternatively: go to your Account page and login with your email and password.Click on ” view details and Downloads” to download the plug in.

zip recipes your purchases page with view details and downloads button

  1. If you don’t have an account yet, you can register using the same email you used when you purchased Zip Recipes. If you haven’t received a purchase receipt with your license and download link yet, please contact us first.
  2. Now, log into your site and go to Admin Dashboard
  3. Go to Plugins page
  4. Find Zip Recipes (or Zip Recipes Premium) and Deactivate it:

image of zip recipes deactivate button

6. Now, delete Zip Recipes (or Zip Recipes Premium). This will NOT delete your recipes 🙃:

when the computer asks: “Are you sure you want to delete Zip Recipes Lover and its data?” do not be afraid and just click OK.

image of zip recipes plugin delete button

7. Click Add New to upload the new plugin:

image zip recipes add new button

8. Click Upload Plugin:

image zip recipes upload plugin button

9. Click Browse... (or: choose file) button and find Zip Recipes then click Open to use it:

image zip recipes zip file

10. Then click Install Now:


11. Now, click Activate Plugin to activate it

image zip recipe activate plugin button

12. Now copy your license key from your purchase receipt, and save it in Zip Recipes /license. Activate it.

image of zip recipes plugin license setting

You’ve successfully installed Zip Recipes Premium 😁

Adding pictures, links, different text styles

Spicing up your recipes by adding pictures, links, and different text styles

Adding a link is easy. Whether you want to link to Amazon to let your readers purchase ingredients or kitchen equipment, or you want to provide links to related recipes. You can do this from within the Ingredients, Instructions and Summary fields. Here’s what you do:

  • To add linked text, include both the word or phrase to be linked and the URL within brackets with a divider in between. For example:[margarine|] 

Here’s how Ingredients will appear in your actual blog post:

Adding Pictures

Main Picture

To add a picture to your recipe, you click the Add Image button which brings up the Media Library which has all the images you have uploaded from your computer to WordPress. If you don’t have the image for the recipe you’re creating, you can drag and drop it from your computer like so:

screenshot of page where you can add media

Once you have the image, you click on it to select it (you’ll see a checkbox), you then click the Select button.

You now have added the main image to you recipe.

Picture in Instructions or Ingredients section

Many food bloggers like to incorporate pictures into their step-by-step recipe instructions, or even their ingredient lists.

To add a picture, you first get the image URL. You can get the image URL from your Media Library by selecting an image and clicking the image to bring up Attachment Details screen and selecting the URL:

(To select the whole URL click rapidly three times with your mouse, the whole URL should highlight then you can right click on it and copy.)

To add images between each recipe instruction, simply press “enter” after each instruction (very important). Then, add the image URL you copied, preceded by a percentage sign. Like so:

Slice mushrooms, carrots, red peppers and zucchini.

Here’s how images will appear between recipe instructions in your blog post:

Adding different text styles, for instance making text bold or italic

Zip Recipes makes it possible to format text, like bold or italics. Simply type in your recipe as you normally do, but for italics, enclose the word(s) in underscores. For bold, enclose the word(s) in asterisks.

For example:

1 cup of _whole wheat_ flour
1 cup of oil
2 cups of *white* sugar

Here’s what the Ingredients section of your recipe will look like when you post it

Installing Zip Recipes

It’s easy to get started with the Zip Recipes Plugin. Simply install the free WordPress plugin and then we’ll walk through how to use this helpful tool below.

1. Log in to your WordPress admin dashboard. You should see a screen like this:

2. Go to Plugins page by clickin Plugins on the left navigation menu.

3. Then click Add New button at the top (next to Plugins heading).

4. In the top right search box, enter the text Zip Recipes and hit Enter key on your keyboard.

5. Click Install Now button to install Zip Recipes Plugin

6. When the Plugin Installed Successfully message appears, click Activate Plugin.

7. Congrats! You’re ready to go. Now, let’s create your first recipe.

Upgrading from ZipList Recipes Plugin

Zip Recipes Plugin is 100% compatible with ZipList Recipes Plugin. If you already have the ZipList Recipes Plugin installed, you need to first deactivate it before installing Zip Recipes Plugin. Follow these steps and you should be good to go in a minute:

1. Log in to your WordPress admin dashboard. You should see a screen like this:

2. Go to Plugins page by clickin Plugins on the left navigation menu.

3. Click Deactivate under ZipList Recipe Plugin.

4. Now go to Installing the Zip Recipes Plugin and follow the instructions to install Zip Recipes Plugin.

How to Use the Zip Recipes Plugin

1. Once you’ve installed the Zip Recipes Plugin, click “Add New” under Posts on the left-hand navigation bar. When you’re on the “Add New Post” screen you’ll see an icon on the far right hand side of the styles row that looks like a spoon and fork. Click that button to start your first recipe post

2. An “Add a Recipe” box will pop up for you to enter or cut/paste the recipe title and image, as well as your ingredients and instructions. The recipe image should be entered as a URL (

3. If you are adding a recipe that has a secondary recipe, maybe for a sauce or a glaze, pay special attention. Add ingredients for the main recipe, then start the next line with an exclamation point to create a label, like !For the Sauce. Then, add the ingredients for the secondary recipe.

4. Next, if you scroll down, you can also click “More Options” to enter more details, like rating, prep time, cook time, serving size and yield. Click the “Add Recipe” button when you are done.

5. If you need to edit your recipe after you’ve clicked “Add Recipe,” simply click the spoon and fork icon again on the visual editor toolbar. When a recipe is inserted in a post, you will see an image like the one below where you enter post details, but again, to make edits to a recipe, click the spoon and fork icon on the toolbar. You can no longer edit or delete a recipe by clicking the placeholder image below.

6. Using the Zip Recipes Plugin, here is what a recipe looks like on a blog.

Even better, here’s what the recipe will look like in Google search results.

Just like the big recipe sites, such as and, your recipes can also show up in the Rich Snippets format within Google Recipe Search with a photo, ingredients, cook time and ratings.

Click here to learn how to add links.

Special Feature #2: Add Images within Recipe Instructions

Click here to learn how to add images to your recipe.

Special Feature #3: Add Labels within Recipe Instructions

Click here to learn how to create multi-part recipes.

Special Feature #4: Enhance Recipe Content with Bold and Italics

Click here to learn how to format your recipe text.

Adjusting Your Settings

1. From your WordPress dashboard, scroll to the very bottom of the page and click Zip Recipes Plugin on the left-hand side

2. This will open a page called “Zip Recipes Plugin Settings,” and from here you’ll be able to customize the output of your recipe plugin in several ways. Let’s take a look at each. If you choose to make any changes, be sure to click the blue “Save Changes” button at the bottom of the page when you are finished. Any changes you make here will be reflected across all recipes posted on your site using the Zip Recipes Plugin.

3. Custom Print Button. If you changed the look of the Print button (or plan to do so), you’ll need to enter the image URL for the custom button in the space provided. If you plan to use standard Print text link, just leave this field blank.

4. Zip Recipes Plugin Link. If you keep this box unchecked, a line will appear at the bottom of your recipe posts in light colored text that reads “Schema/Recipe SEO Data Markup by Zip Recipes Plugin.”

5. Printed Output: Recipe Permalink. If you leave this box unchecked, the URL for the specific recipe post will appear at the very bottom of the print version of the recipe.

6. Printed Output: Copyright Statement. Here you have the opportunity to enter a copyright notice, the URL for your blog, or anything else you’d like to see appear at the bottom of the print version of your recipe posts.

7. In the General section, you’ll see Stylesheet. Only uncheck this box if you or a designer are working on a fully customized stylesheet to use with the recipe plugin (most plugin users will leave this box checked).

8. Recipe Title. If you leave this unchecked, you will see a title in the main body of your post. If you check the box, the black title to the left of the “Print” button below will disappear. The title will continue to appear on the print version of your recipes.

9. Print Button. If you leave this unchecked, you’ll see a “Print” button to the right of the recipe title, enabling your readers to print out your recipe as a recipe card.

10. Image Width lets you set the appropriate size to match the width of your blog post. All of your recipe posts will size photos the same way based on this setting.

11. Image Display has two options. First, check the “Don’t show image in post” option box and the image will not appear in your blog post. Second, leave “Don’t show image in print view” checked and the recipe image will not appear when users print out your recipe.

12. Border Style. Here you have the opportunity to add a solid, dotted, dashed, thick solid or double black line around the entire recipe. The default is set to none if you do not wish to have any kind of border around your recipe.

13. Ingredients and Instructions. Here you have the option to change the label (e.g., if you prefer to refer to “Instructions” as “Directions”) or hide the label altogether by checking the “Don’t Show” boxes. Additional options include how the information is displayed: bulleted list, numbered list, etc.

14. In the Other Options section you’ll find options to change labels for rating, cook time, yield, notes and more. These are all optional so you don’t need to include any of them in your posts. However, if you want your posts to show up in Google Recipe Search in the Rich Snippets format, you will need to include at least two of the following fields: prep time, cook time, total time, calories, rating and/or image.