The Best WordPress Theme For A Recipe Website

Are you looking for a WordPress theme where you can use it to publish delicious recipes and share it with your readers? If you are, I suggest using Neptune.

There are many reasons for my suggestion here. But before I get to my reasons, you should know that Neptune is priced at $69. It might sound quite pricey, but once you get to know it’s features, it’s design and it’s customization options, the price will no longer look pricey. And you can trust me on this.

First of all, installing this theme is quite easy

Simply watch the short video below on how Neptune is installed in WordPress.

Second of all, this theme has a recipe page which is packed with smart features

The first thing that captured my attention is the individual recipe page. The recipe page is complete with everything that is needed for you to publish a recipe and it is also complete for the reader.

To prove my claim above, I will walk you through the recipe page in detail.

The first thing that you will see once you landed on any of the recipe pages is the title of the recipe along with some labels to identify the recipe cuisine type and the diet type. This is useful for the reader as he or she will be able to quickly understand what type of recipe it is. On the other hand, this will make your life easier as a recipe publisher as it will allow you to organize the recipes in a more detailed way.

Scrolling further down, this is where the recipe meta data goes; such as the cooking time of the recipe, how many people the recipe serves and the difficulty level of cooking the recipe.

And on the left you will see the social sharing widget, view counter of the recipe and also a like button which readers can interact with if they like the recipe.

After that, you will see the cooking directions of the recipe and followed by the steps. What’s interesting about the steps is that readers can mark it as Done if he or she has completed the step. This makes it easier for the reader to work with the recipe.

Towards the left hand side of the cooking directions and cooking steps is the Ingredients section. This is where you get to list down all the ingredients of the recipe. Readers can also adjust the ingredients based on the serving portions of the recipe and tick the ingredients which they have acquired.

Downwards the Ingredients section, there is the Nutritional Information section. This is where you get to input the nutritional facts about the recipe.

And below that is the Bookmark section where readers can log in and bookmark the recipe. I will share with you more on the log in and the bookmarking feature later in this article.

And finally, there is a dedicated section where you can display an advertisement banner. This is located underneath the Bookmark section.

Towards the right hand side of the Ingredients, Nutritional Information, Bookmark and Ad Banner is the follow-up section after cooking steps. Here you will see the recipe author box, recipe reviews which are left by the readers, a log in form for the reader to log in to review the recipe and a section that displays the previous and next recipes.

And the above is basically the main part of the recipe page. At the bottom of all that is a section which displays the related recipes based on ingredients and category.

To end the recipe page is a comment box on the left, another banner ad placement on the right, and the footer area which covers the whole bottom end of the page.

Also there is a floating bar at the bottom of the screen. Here’s how the floating bar looks like:

The floating bar comes with a set of features that includes reading mode, print, social sharing, cooking timer, like and dislike button and add to meal plan. I’ll explain about the add to meal plan feature later in this article.

The reading mode allows readers to read the directions and the steps of the recipe without any clutters.

The cooking timer is a feature that allows readers to set the time the recipe calls for when they are cooking with the recipe. There’s also an alarm that will go off when the timer goes off.

The print feature allows the reader to quickly print the recipe in a printable way.

And the share feature allows the reader to easily share the recipe in social media sites.

Based on the above, it’s pretty clear that a lot of effort has gone into the recipe page. It’s also clear that the recipe page is complete for the use of a recipe website.

Third of all, publishing a recipe is very easy and straightforward

This is how the backend of the recipe page looks like:

There are predefined meta fields for each and every smart features mentioned earlier. For example, if you want to add the ingredients of the recipe, there is a meta fields area specifically for it.

And if you want to add the nutritional facts, there is also a section for it.

Publishing a recipe in WordPress can never be easier than this.

Now, let’s talk about the log in, bookmarking and the add to meal plan features

Earlier in this article, I promised that I will share with you more on the log in, bookmarking and add to meal plan features.

Well, to get to that, you must first know that this theme comes with a premium plugin called UserPro. This UserPro plugin allows you to easily create a community of recipe readers.

But of course, the plugin is integrated with the theme, so readers will not know that it’s a separate entity.

What this plugin does is that it allows readers to register and log in to the website and create their own profile. They can customize their profile by adding a profile image, biography and so on.

Once registered, readers can review recipes on the website, publish their own recipe(s) from the front-end and follow other readers just like Twitter.

On top of that, they can bookmark recipes.

The add to meal plan, on the other hand, is a feature reserved for the registered users. It allows the reader to create a daily meal plan based on the recipes published on the website. Readers can also view the total calories for each day based on the recipes selected.

Other features

That’s right. There’s more features.

Features after features. And all for $69. If you can find a better recipe WordPress theme than this, I will give up on reviewing WordPress themes.

Other than the features mentioned above, there are custom made widgets that are tailored for recipes. For example, there is the recipe category widget which displays the categories of the recipe in a unique way.

There’s also popular cuisines widget which displays the popular recipe cuisines in the form of country flags.

These widgets can be placed anywhere to allow readers to better navigate the website.

And finally, there is the search by ingredients feature. This feature allows readers to search for recipes based on a specific ingredient.

Let’s talk about the design, layout and customization

The design is creative. No doubt. The theme designer has make use of patterns as the background of certain parts of the website which makes the website look more lively.

For example, take a look at the main recipe slider which is placed at the header of the homepage.

As you can see from the screenshot above, the slider stands out even better with the pattern on the back. It also makes it more lively.

This similar method of design has been used on other parts of the website such as the related recipes section which can be found in every recipe page.

The other design factors that make the theme look creative are the unique fonts and the tiny cartoon-ish icons which are used to describe the diet types, the search feature, and the recipe categories.

The overall light colour usage also plays an important role in the creativity of the website.

The layout on the other hand is fully customisable. For example, the homepage has nine different layout variations. You can have it with a featured recipe slider on top, you can have the featured recipe slider removed, you can force the layout to be full-width, you can have the recipes appear in 2-columns, you can have the recipes appear in 3-columns, you can have a half image recipe slider and two more other variations.

Even the recipe page layout can be customised. For example, you can have the sidebar to appear on the left, you can have the sidebar to appear on the right, you can have the featured image appear at the top, you can have the featured image on the left or right, you can have a video featured at the top and a few more choices.

And the best part is that it’s very easy to customize the theme. This is because there is a dedicated theme settings panel that allows you to easily change the fonts, background images, layout types, colors and many more from a single location. It’s like a cockpit of an airplane.

SEO

Search engine optimization is as important as the recipe website itself. And this theme has just scratched the search engine optimization task out of your to-do list.

This is because of two reasons.

The first reason is that this theme is fully optimized for SEO. It is responsive, lightweight and can easily be crawled by all search engines.

The second reason is that there is Google Rich Snippets built-in the theme. This allows your recipes to be displayed in Google search results page with image, ratings, preparation time and calorie amount. Like this:

Typically, recipe websites that are displayed as such get more clicks. And more clicks simply means more traffic.

Summary

Among all the recipe WordPress theme which I have come across, I have never come across one that has been developed in such detail as Neptune.

I really thing it should be the benchmark that WordPress theme developers should use to develop a recipe WordPress theme.

This is because the theme has been developed to make sure that it’s suitable for both the recipe publisher and the reader. In other words, you as the publisher can easily publish the recipes without worrying about the technical bits and readers can easily maximize the use of it as a platform to acquire and share recipes.

In short, it’s the ultimate recipe WordPress theme.

For more information on Neptune, head over to it’s official page in ThemeForest.