Hey, so you know those site updates I’ve been promising for the past, oh, year? Well, they’re done! I think 358 days is a pretty reasonable amount of time to do 30 hours worth of work, uh, right? Here, let me give you a quick tour:
- New theme: I’ve always felt like the old theme was stuffy and like something out of the 19th century. And the picture of our fingers looked diseased and moldy. Diseased and moldy is ok for cheese, but not for fingers. So I think the new fingers look much more delicious. Err, or something. I’ve also added cute little finger graphics everywhere else on the blog, because I can.
- We have a search feature! So, I’m kindof embarrassed to admit this, but I didn’t realize that our blog didn’t have a search feature for several years. Because whenever you’re logged in, you can just search using the WordPress admin bar. K finally clued me in and told me that it was really frustrating. So I have added a publicly-accessible, and hopefully much more usable search feature by clicking on the magnifying glass in the upper right! You can search in one of three ways — by text, by recipe tags, or by getting random posts. The “search by tags” feature is the one I’m most excited about. It’s not particularly useful right now, because most of our stuff isn’t tagged, but as we add new recipes to the site (and update old ones), we’ll be adding more tags based on the type of recipe and the contents. So, if you’re looking for a recipe that uses chicken, eggplant, and bacon, and is a soup, you can just select those items and hit “Filter” and the site will return you all of the matching recipes (spoiler alert: there aren’t any soups with chicken, eggplant, and bacon).
- The recipe plugin works again! Before, we were using the RecipeSEO plugin to display recipe cards on the site in a nicely-formatted fashion. But then the plugin released a broken update, and WordPress changed a whole bunch of things, and all our recipes stopped working. Which is a problem for, you know, a food blog. So I spent a long time trying to find a new plugin that would look nice, and wasn’t overly complicated, and didn’t upload the recipes that we input to some stupid other site (SERIOUSLY. The Recipe Card plugin uploads every recipe you post to their site and “analyzes” it for nutritional information. Which, in addition to the gross invasion of privacy, adds an obnoxiously long delay between when you click the “Add Recipe” button and when the recipe actually gets added.). Finally I bit the bullet and decided I was just going to fix the RecipeSEO plugin myself, which turned out to be not completely difficult. So now all our recipes show up again, and barring any other obnoxious WordPress updates, should continue to work for the foreseeable future.
- Quotes at the bottom Maybe nobody cares but me, but at the bottom of every page is a randomly-selected quote about food and cooking. Right now there are only 9 of them, and they’re all from Julia Child (because who else?), but I’ll probably be adding more as time goes on
I suppose the natural next question that’s on your mind is, “Cool, the site looks ugly. Are you actually going to keep things updated on here now?” And the answer is, “Well, you know how things go.” I’m currently planning to start posting more (and K can weigh in with what she thinks), but I think the style of posts that I put up is going to change a little bit. Maintaining a blog is a lot of work, especially when you have to have a zillion making-of photos, and write up a long-form discussion of all of them, and come up with new, creative, witty ways of raving about how awesome the food is that I make for every single recipe. And, I’ve also discovered in trying to go back and read old posts, it’s not very useful to have to parse through all that garbage if I want to recreate the recipe.
So in the future, the majority of recipes that I post are probably just going to have one picture and the recipe. There might be a short amount of commentary, but I think you might be able to guess that I liked the recipe if I’m willing to post it on here. Most of the things that don’t turn out I don’t feel like posting anyways, because I don’t want to be reminded of the utter disaster. I may try to do one or two long-form write-ups on here (I’ve been contemplating trying to get back involved with the Daring Kitchen, maybe). But that’s what I’ve got.
Anyways, enjoy the new site, and feel free to let me know how much you dislike it in the comments below!