If you are starting a food blog, or you just want to share the occasional recipe with your readers, then installing a plugin that stylishly formats your recipe posts is a great idea.\r\n\r\nBy installing a plugin built for this purpose, you can not only <strong>simplify the process of adding recipes<\/strong> to your website, but also increase the chances of people finding their way to your content.\r\n\r\n<a title="Recipe Card" href="https:\/\/wordpress.org\/plugins\/recipe-card\/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Recipe Card<\/a> is one such plugin and it's a free option that <strong>adds a recipe template to your WordPress website<\/strong>. As well as giving you lots of options for how your recipes are presented -- thanks to the inclusion of a selection of professional looking recipe themes -- the plugin also ensures your recipe content is fully optimized for inclusion in the <a title="Google Recipe View search engine" href="https:\/\/www.google.com\/search\/about\/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Google Recipe View search engine<\/a>.\r\n\r\n<img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-6637" src="https:\/\/pagely.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2015\/02\/Google-Recipe-View.png" alt="Google Recipe View" width="945" height="464" \/>\r\n\r\nBy adding the necessary code to make your recipes <a title="schema.org recipe" href="http:\/\/schema.org\/Recipe" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">schema.org compliant<\/a>, your content will not only be <strong>included in the recipe search engines<\/strong>, but searchers will be able to quick see additional information about your dishes from the search engine results pages.\r\n\r\nSo if you like the idea of using a template to publish recipes on your website in a consistent and reader-friendly way, complete with save and print buttons, then the Recipe Card plugin is a great choice.\r\n<h2>How to Use the Recipe Card Plugin on Your Website<\/h2>\r\nAs the Recipe Card plugin is free to use, it can be installed on your site directly from the WordPress plugin directory\r\n\r\nTo do so, log into your site's admin area (http:\/\/yoursite.com\/wp-login.php) and then navigate to Plugins > Add New using the sidebar menu.\r\n\r\nFrom the Add Plugins screen, enter \u2018Recipe Card' in the search field and then install the first item listed in the results.\r\n\r\n<img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-6638" src="https:\/\/pagely.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2015\/02\/Recipe-Card-Add-Plugin.png" alt="Recipe Card Add Plugin" width="945" height="514" \/>\r\n\r\nOnce the plugin has been installed and activated the settings can be accessed from the newly added sidebar menu item.\r\n<h2>Setting Up the Recipe Card Plugin<\/h2>\r\nFrom the settings page the for Recipe Card plugin you can <strong>choose a theme for your recipes<\/strong> that is used to set their appearance. There is a great selection of available options on offer for customizing the appearance of your recipes.\r\n\r\n<img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-6639" src="https:\/\/pagely.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2015\/02\/Recipe-Card-Themes.png" alt="Recipe Card Themes" width="1013" height="662" \/>\r\n\r\nAs well as choosing the overall theme for your recipes, you can also modify them by <strong>changing their colors<\/strong>, fonts, and layout arrangement. Once you are happy with your theme you can get started and publish your first recipe.\r\n<h2>Publishing Your First Recipe<\/h2>\r\nTo add the first nicely formatted recipe to your WordPress blog, create a new post and then click on the Recipe Card button which the plugin has now added to the editor controls.\r\n\r\n<img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-6640" src="https:\/\/pagely.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2015\/02\/Recipe-Card-Button.png" alt="Recipe Card Button" width="945" height="276" \/>\r\n\r\nAfter you've pressed the button, the form is displayed which allows you to <strong>input the details of the recipe<\/strong>. This includes the title, author, ingredients list, directions, and all the other information you would expect to see on a professional food blog.\r\n\r\n<img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-6641" src="https:\/\/pagely.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2015\/02\/Add-Recipe-Card.png" alt="Add Recipe Card" width="945" height="768" \/>\r\n\r\nOnce you've entered all the necessary information, you can save the form to add the recipe to your post. You can also <strong>add additional content to your recipe post<\/strong> by clicking on the insert line buttons on the recipe card.\r\n\r\n<img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-6642" src="https:\/\/pagely.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2015\/02\/Recipe-Card-In-Post.png" alt="Recipe Card In Post" width="945" height="567" \/>\r\n\r\nClicking the Preview buttons displays your post as your visitors would see, complete with the recipe you just added. If you need to make any changes, simply switch back to the post editor and click on the edit button.\r\n\r\nWhen your recipe is ready to go live, <strong>simply press the publish button<\/strong> as usual for it to be added to your blog.\r\n\r\n<img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-6643" src="https:\/\/pagely.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2015\/02\/Recipe-Card-Published.png" alt="Recipe Card Published" width="945" height="683" \/>\r\n\r\nNow your visitors can easily follow along with your recipes, with the option of saving or printing them for future reference.\r\n<h2>Conclusion<\/h2>\r\nBy using the free Recipe Card plugin you not only get an easy way to publish recipes on your WordPress blog, but you can also <strong>ensure that your recipes are fully optimized<\/strong> for the Google recipe search engine.\r\n\r\nThis should not only make your site easier to use for your readers, but also increase the number of searchers who find their way to your website.\r\n\r\nIf you have any questions about this plugin, or WordPress in general, please leave a comment below.