Enabling Save Recipe Features with Other Plugins

Are you using WP Recipe Maker or another unsupported plugin? You can enable support for Save Recipe simply by editing your master template for your site and pasting this code at the end of the page, before the </body> tag. There are two options — one for the tech-savvy, and the second for those who’d prefer to do it via simpler plugins.

Option 1: Are you a WordPress Developer, comfortable with editing your site template? It’s easy.

You just need to add this script on the recipe detail page. This can be put on the footer of the entire site, or onto the end of a post detail page.

The code above assumes that jQuery is loaded somewhere earlier on the page. If it’s not, insert this in right after the <head> tag on your page:


In the first code block above, the Save button is going to be appended into the HTML document element that carries the class “wprm-recipe-buttons”. (That’s the default for the plugin WP Recipe Maker.)

You can easily change the save target location by changing that class, and adding, somewhere on your page, an element to display. For instance, place this where you want the Save button to appear (on your recipe detail pages, or ideally the page template that is used to render your recipe pages.)

Then, instead of this particular line in the big code block above:

use this line instead:

If you’d prefer to do this more from end-user plugin tools:

Option 2: You can install a “code rendering” plugin, then add our code.

Here are the quick steps:

  1. Sign into your WordPress Administrator Dashboard
  2. Add a “code insertion” plugin, such as Q2W3 Code Insert Manager (it’s free), and activate it.
  3. Then, tell the plugin to play the snippet below at the end of every content page.
  4. In Q2W3 Code Insert Manager, that’s done as follows:
  5. Click on “Code Insert” > “Inserts” > “Add New”
  6. Give it a name (e.g., Save Recipe Button)
  7. Pages: Choose to fire on ALL PAGES
  8. Location: Choose to fire AFTER PAGE CONTENT
  9. Paste in the text below — after changing the “.wprm-recipe-buttons” text below to the class name of an element on your page where you’d like the button. If you want the save button to follow your recipe’s title, and if that recipe title is marked with an <H1> tag, for instance, you can simply change the wprm-recipe-buttons line to
  10. Activate the code snippet!

The code above assumes you already have jQuery included on your site’s main template. If it’s not, insert this in right after the <head> tag on your page:

Release 2.0 of BigOven Recipe Plugin

We’ve just shipped version 2.0 of our free recipe plugin for food bloggers.

New in this release:

  • Use simple markdown syntax in the recipe instructions to include hyperlinks, boldface and italics
  • A handy visual placeholder in your posts appears where your recipe is, linking you straight to the recipe
  • Customize the border and color
  • Adding a recipe defaults to Create, not Insert from Library
  • Various bug fixes and improvements

Want to use italics or hyperlinks in your recipe content?  Use Markdown syntax:


Welcome, Bloggers!

With the “Save Recipe” button, your blog is Recipe-Box and Grocery-List enabled

Thanks for installing the “Save Recipe” button on your site. Your readers now have a way to take your recipes to the grocery store or the kitchen counter through the free BigOven app. And the app now points people directly to your site for the full recipe.

We encourage you to share a blog post with your readers (see an example post), introducing them to the new “Save Recipe” button on your site. This button allows your readers to make grocery lists from your recipes, add individual items, and keep their favorite recipes on their Apple, Android or Windows phone. Check out our short video to see what BigOven is all about!

BigOven is a free recipe organizer and grocery list used by millions of cooks. It’s available for iPhone, iPad, AndroidWindows Phone and the web. The “Save Recipe” button let’s your readers easily save recipes to BigOven’s recipe box from your blog.

The “Save Recipe” button  lets you save a copy of recipes from your favorite blogs into your BigOven account. When you click the “Save Recipe” button on a blog, a window pops up and you’ll create an account (just once). Now you’ll be able to save the recipe to your recipe box and add it to your grocery list. All the recipes you save show up in your “Added” list in the apps, carry the ingredients and a photo, and link back in a simple tap to the original blog for the full recipe instructions.

BigOven’s free apps and web site sync across all devices, so you have your recipes and grocery list at home and on-the-go. The grocery list sorts items by aisle for you, saving you time at the grocery store.

BigOven membership is free and lets you store up to 50 recipes, make grocery lists, menu plans and more. An optional Pro membership upgrade is also available from BigOven, which offers unlimited recipe storage and removes all ads.

Feel free to use BigOven’s screenshots, logos, explainer video and this example post to help explain the new “Save Recipe” feature on your blog.


Bloggers, keep in touch!

BigOven strives to be the best software partner for food bloggers. We’d love to hear from you – your ideas help us form our product! Contact us at bloggers[at]bigoven.com to chat. For general tech-support questions about the web/apps, please write to support@bigoven.com. Thanks!

Using EasyRecipePLUS? It’s easy to add “Save Recipe” features to your recipes.

The wonderful team at EasyRecipePLUS have added “Save Recipe” support to their powerful food-blogger WordPress plugin.   This is a very easy-to-use plugin for food bloggers, including formatting, print preview, recipe organization, import from Ziplist and much more.

New: Enable a “Save” Button On Your Recipes

In a single click, you can add a handy “Save” button on your recipe card, so that your readers can easily carry your recipes with them to the grocery store.  Your readers can your recipes to their grocery list immediately, then carry it to the grocery store with the free BigOven mobile apps.  This is all available for free for both you and your readers.

For example, here’s a screenshot from GlamorousBite, a beautiful food blog.

Note the “Save” button under the recipe photo.  This simple button lets readers save that recipe to their grocery list and/or personal recipe collection, launching the BigOven Recipe Clipper.  The copy of the recipe always carries with it the original link to your recipe.  The instructions are hidden, ensuring the consumer visits your original link for the recipe preparation.


If you’re using EasyRecipe PLUS, it takes seconds to enable this button.

  1. Visit your admin area (generally this link is your-blog-name.com/wp-admin)
  2. Ensure you have the latest version of EasyRecipePLUS.  (It’s just $24.95 at this writing, and in our opinion, well-worth it.)
  3. Click on “EasyRecipe” in the left hand bar to bring up the settings area. (#1 in image below)
  4. Click “Save to BigOven”.  (#2 in image below)

That’s it!

(Shown in the screenshot below is the “Beta” of this plugin, but it’s now in full release.)



1.1.2 Plugin Released – Print Support!

The free Recipe SEO and Save Recipe Plugin has been updated with Print support!  By using this plugin:

  • Your recipes are marked up in “Rich Snippets” format, making them more search-engine-friendly to Google and Bing
  • Your readers get “Save Recipe” features, letting them keep a copy of your recipe with a link back to your blog
  • Your readers get a handy print-version of your recipe (one option is provided today, more options will follow in future free updates)
  • You get a handy Recipe Organizer, letting you keep a library of recipes and insert them in any blog post
  • If you’ve used Ziplist in the past, it’ll import your old Ziplist-formatted recipes

Get the Recipe SEO and Save Recipe Plugin today from the WordPress Plugin Directory.

1.0.6 released

We’ve released a few improvements to the plugin today:

  • You can now use ! at the beginning of an ingredient line to indicate a heading (example !For the Frosting or !Dressing, with ingredients on the following lines)
  • No longer apply ‘the_content’ filters to recipe summary because too many plugins hook in there
  • Clarifying some text on the admin panel
  • Passing in some data to the “add to grocery list” button to identify the recipe on the page, to support multiple recipes per post.

We will be working on several print-friendly and recipe formatting improvements over the coming weeks.  Please jot us a note with specific switches and formatting options you’d like to see!  Thanks

Sample Recipe – Pizza Dough

This is a sample recipe.  Note that you can add rich media — text, videos, multiple photos with captions and more, all before or after your “recipe card”.  Your recipe card is formatted wherever you place it. In this post, we chose to place it at the bottom of the post.  The recipes, once entered into WordPress, are reusable in other posts, saving you typing.  That is, if you’d like to do a “best of the year” roundup, you can simply re-insert the recipe when you’d like.

It’s fully stylable. You can apply your own bullet points or not, numbered lists or not, text size, etc. All elements of your recipe are wrapped in CSS classes.

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.


Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.

We can add images to this post, full text, and more.  Here’s the recipe.

[seo_recipe id=”124″]

How to add “Save Recipe” button to your recipes

If you’re an advanced WordPress developer or a WordPress recipe plugin developer, we’d be delighted to have you add the easy “Save Recipe” button to recipes.  It takes only a few moments to grocery-list and save-button enable your recipe posts.  Here’s how it’s done.

How to Implement “Save Recipe” Button To Invoke the Clipper

The BigOven Recipe Clipper lets cooks save a recipe for later and also add a recipe to the grocery list.  This lets them use the free BigOven apps to carry the grocery list to the grocery store, and keeps them coming back to your blog with a handy link to the recipe.  It also opens up longer-term promotional opportunities, as BigOven editors look at the most-clipped recipes and highlight them within the app, linking off to your blog.  (We will also be promoting the source blogs in the future, as we spotlight “best of web” content, but more on that in 2015.)

To implement the “Save Recipe” button, simply add the “doSaveRecipe()” function once on the page (or reference in a separate script file), then render the button in the upper right of the recipe.

This code will invoke the BigOven Recipe Clipper, letting cooks make grocery lists and save the recipe.  It looks for recipes in Google Rich Snippets Recipe format — first looking for LD+JSON and if not, the Schema.org Recipe recipe format.

WordPress Recipe SEO Plugin with Ziplist Import (Alpha)

On November 10 2014 we should be ready with an alpha version of the Recipe SEO plugin, which allows Ziplist import, rich snippet markup, recipe organization, “Save Recipe” and “Save to Grocery” features letting cooks take your recipes with them on mobile and tablet, and more.

At this writing, we invite WordPress experts (those comfortable making a backup of their blog data and restoring it if need be) to test out the pre-release version of the plugin.  It will undergo a few more changes before being put into the WordPress plugin directory.

Please drop us a request for the pre-release plugin, and we’ll email you the link.

It will require familiarity with WordPress plugin manual installation, and you must first backup your blog’s mySQL database.  We won’t be releasing it to the WordPress library until beta, planned for later in November; that won’t require any FTP access to your blog.

Release Notes

  1. When you press “Import from Ziplist”, note that the process is one-way.  So, be sure to make a backup copy of your WordPress database before choosing this option.It will go through your recipes that you added via the Ziplist plugin and create copies of the recipes in the new BigOven recipe plugin format.  This allows you to search for the recipes in the “Recipes” menu item and insert or link to them anywhere.
  2. We are not yet releasing this to the plugin directory — to install it, you’ll need to follow the manual-instructions method.  It’s easy — essentially, you unzip the plugin files, connect to your site’s server using FTP, navigate to the wp-content folder within the WordPress installation for your website or blog, find the wp-content/plugins directory, and place the folder there.  That’s it!

Reporting bugs and feature suggestions

We certainly want to know any bugs you find, with specific information on your WordPress installation (version, platform) and steps to reproduce the problem.

In addition to bugs, we’d love to understand what would make it the best plugin for you as a food blogger.  What would you like to see that would make your life easier, or your readers happier?  On the list:  print-friendly formatting and a few other features — but what’s on your list?  Help us prioritize our work.  Let us know.


Our Pledge to Food Bloggers

1)  Your content is, and always will be, your own.

BigOven is a partner with, not competitor to you as a food blogger.  BigOven is not a food blog. We aim to surface some of the best content on the web — including but not solely those recipes already contributed to BigOven — as part of our job.

But our main goal is to provide consumers and the larger cooking-at-home ecosystem with tools that they can use to make their lives easier, healthier or more fun.  We’re a software company building a great platform and productivity tool — a mobile and web-based system that’s used in the daily cooking life-cycle of the home cook, from ideation and discovery through (optional) planning, shopping, preparation and sharing.

2)  BigOven is a software platform with a mission of making the lives of home cooks easier.

Our goal is to be the most-used, best-loved tool for home cooks.  We make apps, a website, and an optional Kitchen Cloud API that all work together.

We put our emphasis on the software tools that help ease the cooking life-cycle.  Food blogs are where a lot of the best ideas, photos and fresh perspectives come from in the food world.  BigOven’s heritage and focus is making great software, specifically platform software — and our competitive lens is to take a look at the world of the home cook (and by extension those who help the home cook) and then ask the question “what can we do with mobile, the cloud and the web to make their lives easier, more fun, more healthy?”

At BigOven, we are also home cooks ourselves.

3)  BigOven offers optional ways for bloggers to promote their content.  When we do so, we give full credit and traffic to the author(s) and originating site.

Two examples of this can be seen in the Recipe Clipper and the curated Recipe Collections.  Recipe Clipper is our tool that lets cooks snip a copy of a recipe and keep it in their own collection — it stays private, only to them, and carries with it a link back to the original source.  (While in some cases, for paying Pro members it does make a copy of the preparation instructions, we are removing this feature in the near future and replacing it solely with a link to the original source; this change should go out in the next two months.)

BigOven helps integrate your content and your material into the life-cycle of the home cook.

Recipe Collections are designed to showcase some of the best seasonal recipes found on the web as well as in the BigOven archive.  When one of our editors finds a great, seasonal recipe to feature in a Recipe Collection, we provide links back to original source with full “link juice” to credit the author for their work.  We do not believe in framing other content.  We do highlight what we discover, but will always endeavor to send the reader to the original source for the complete recipe.

For instance, our editor is highlighting Grilled Chicken with Pineapple Salsa in the “Grilled Main Dishes” collection.  On the BigOven website, a hero photo and ingredients are there, but there is a full-link-juice link to visit Confections of a Foodie Bride for the instructions as to how to make the recipe.  We highlight this recipe as a recommended recipe in the “Grilled Main Dishes” collection on the BigOven app and BigOven sites.  (Food bloggers, we’re always looking for ways to improve — if you have suggestions that work even better for you, please let us know.  Thanks!)

4)  BigOven will never knowingly steal content, nor do we condone the theft of original material.  We recognize your content is your own, that you have commercial interests in protecting that content and presenting it in the best possible light as the original source.

Food bloggers make people happy, are a source of inspiration for many, and bring people together.  They make our lives as cooks easier and more successful, and as a food blogger, you rightly, fully own the content that you create.

We love food bloggers, consider them allies in the effort to get more cooks making more successful meals more often.  As a food blogger, your content is and will always be your own, and belongs permanently to you.

Backing up this pledge — we warn cooks adding recipes to the archive not to post third-party content, and we have an easy DMCA takedown process (see the “Alert Editor” link on every recipe page) that is always acted upon within one business day of receipt.  We also review all photos submitted to the site to help minimize the re-transmission of copyrighted material.  Now, we cannot guarantee that content copying never happens, because despite our strong suggestions to cooks, sometimes some get through — but we act immediately if an original author contacts us through the “Alert Editor” button.

5)  We’re listening.

We have a comments form, and our development team reads every single suggestion that comes in.