These are the features you can expect from this fresh new theme from the makers of Foodie Pro:
- Large hero area for featured posts
- Widgetized home page for a flexible layout
- Header image will display at whatever size you upload it at
- Recipe filter index (built with the power of FacetWP) – you can even create multiple recipe indexes without editing code.
- Flexible grid archive options in Customizer
- Strategic areas for ads and opt-ins: header, primary sidebar, secondary sidebar, after entry widget, footer widgets
- Built-in Featured Posts widget with flexible options
- Built-in shortcode to display limited categories
- WooCommerce ready styling
- Clean color scheme to highlight your branding & photos
- HTML5 Markup + Mobile Responsive
- Built in “read more” button
- Styled responsive drop down menu
- Landing page template (full width template)
- This has been removed in version 3.3.0 and later – unnecessary
- Styled share buttons, subscribe widget, contact form, and comment form
- Easily integrates with your email subscription service
What else will I need to make this theme work?
This child theme requires the Genesis Framework, which must be purchased separately. While not required to make the theme work at it’s basic level, we recommend the following plugins for full functionality:
- Gravity Forms
- Genesis Enews Extended
- Simple Social Icons
- Genesis Simple Share
- WP Recipe Maker Plugin
- Code Snippets Plugin for editing functionality
What’s new in Cook’d Pro?
Cook’d Pro is regularly updated by Feast Design Co., with changes based on feedback from bloggers. We keep on top of SEO and design best practices, helping you comply with search engine requirements.
We keep a changelog at the bottom of the theme page: Cook’d Pro theme.
Food Blog Hosting
We recommend either WPEngine, Cloudways or GetFlywheel for food blogger hosting. Hosting is a critical part of a food blog and we recommend budgeting at least $30/month for hosting. Less expensive hosts cut corners, causing your blog to load slower and hurting your search engine rankings.
These premium hosts also include server-side caching, drastically speeding up your pagespeed.
As an additional safety measure, nightly backups means that you won’t lose days or weeks of work if your website goes down for some reason. This makes updating plugins stress-free, and makes keeping your blog up to date simpler.
What size should my logo be?
We recommend a header size of 360 x 100 pixels and you can upload your logo in the Customizer. This was updated in 2018 as we moved from a focus on retina images for desktop-first design, to a focus pagespeed and user experience for mobile devices.
As of 2018, roughly 80% of all traffic to food blogs are on mobile devices. This means that you should avoid loading oversized images, which not only slow page loading speed but also consume unnecessary bandwidth. Another compelling reason for smaller header images is that search engines prefer to have your actual page content display above the fold, for a better user experience.
How big should my post images be?
To make full use of the theme and it’s built-in thumbnail sizes, you’ll need to make sure that your featured image is at least 1170 x 800 pixels. We also recommend including a Pinterest-optimized vertical image within the body of your post. All other images can be flexible in width, but to fill the full width of the post area, try to shoot for photos that are at least 780 pixels wide.
On the flip side, you don’t want to upload images that are too big. If this is a concern for you, check out the TinyPNG plugin to compress images on upload.
How does the “Read More” button work?
If you are using excerpts on the archive pages, blog page, or in the Featured Posts widget, a “Read More” button will automatically appear for you. You can also use the MORE tag to insert the button when displaying full content.
How do I handle Pinterest pins?
Pinterest is a great source of traffic for food bloggers, but they’re a separate business with continually changing functionality. Any functionality we built into a theme would be incomplete, and quickly outdated.
Because of this, we recommend using the Tasty Pins plugin.
What if I have more questions? How can I get support?
Can you install and customize it for me?
Absolutely! Check out our Done For You services for more details.
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