A couple of weeks ago, I shared that I was taking some time off from posting new recipes to do maintenance on Creative K Kids.
Two weeks ago, I switched all my recipes to a new plugin called WP Recipe Maker. It was super easy to use, so it was a painless switch.
I used to have more time to blog, and now I cannot keep up with what needs to be done. One of the biggest things that I seem to not be able to keep up with is updating the pages that I put on my menu bar for my recipes. So when I was researching the WP Recipe Maker plugin that MaAnna from BlogAid shared on one of her Tips Tuesday posts, I decided to search her blog about a picture gallery I could use for my menu pages. She mentioned that FooGallery was a good plugin to use; and since I trust her study, I decided to switch to using the plugin for my menu pages instead of making little pictures, optimizing them, and then trying to make them all line up properly. It was a suck of my time.
I spent a few hours doing about half of my recipes, and then decided I needed to take a break and go to bed, so I will update you on my progress next week. I am doing the free version of the plugin, and it is sufficient for what I want done.
Here are some of the positives to using this plugin that I am loving:
- The biggest time-saver will be that it will be easy to add new recipes to the appropriate gallery, and so I can keep my menu pages current. I would sometimes go months before I would update my menu pages.
- I have my main menu (Favorite Recipes), and then I have pages for each category. Once I put the FooGallery html code on the main page as well as the sub pages, both pages will be updated at once when I update the gallery.
- I don’t have to mess with the pictures lining up anymore. You can go HERE, and see how the FooGallery is being utilized until Main Recipes is reached. Then the format gets wonky.
- It was easy to organize my photos even more than I had in the past. Since my desserts category had the most recipes (like all good recipe bloggers should have), I divided the desserts into different categories of cookies, bars and brownies, pies, cakes, candy, and ice cream and popsicles recipes.
- I don’t have to make the little images for my menu pages, which will save me time!
- I can delete all the images I have already done to save some resource room. They were small pictures that had been compressed, but hopefully deleting them will still help.
- I can customize how I want to display the pictures even with the free version of the plugin. Next week, I will share what features I used of the free FooGallery plugin!
So what are the negatives of using the FooGallery Plugin?
- If I wanted an exact photo that had no words or a certain part of a picture for a recipe to be used, I might have to spend time to upload a picture that would work. I did not take the time to do that now, and I will take using this plugin into consideration when I post new recipes and edit pictures for those posts.
- If I ever update old pictures for old posts and want to delete those old pictures, I will have to remember to add a new picture to the gallery for the menu.
- I am hoping that they will continue to update the plugin and that it will play nice with Gutenberg — if I ever switch to that in the future — as I don’t want to have to do this again for a long time. Using this plugin could be a major negative if I have to switch in the future. No plugin will be guaranteed to be great forever or to always play nicely with what happens in the future with our themes.
For me, the positives outweighed the negatives, and sometimes a person just has to take a chance and do what seems to be best. What do you use for your recipe pages?
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