We’re thrilled to share our first major update of Cookbook with you. Version 1.1 introduces a slew of new functionality and bug fixes to save you even more time publishing your recipes.
If you don’t see an update available, make sure you’ve activated your license key. The update should appear once you’ve activated your license and refreshed your WordPress dashboard.
What’s new in Cookbook 1.1?
We’ve worked through a lot of early requests and solved some really challenging problems. We’re really happy with how far we’ve come with this first release, and can’t wait to share more about our future plans with Cookbook.
One of the most requested features that we didn’t really anticipate, was “what happens if Cookbook is ever deactivated?”
We didn’t really have a good answer for that. Previously you’d be left with a bunch of recipe shortcodes, which wasn’t ideal, so we started working through a better way to handle that.
Version 1.1 adds functionality to replace those shortcodes with standard HTML recipes, so your content continues to live in your site content, even if Cookbook is removed from your site (of course we hope you never want to remove it).
More Flexibility in the Editor Fields
Cookbook now has the ability to include hours, minutes, and seconds to any of your recipes. You can also add an inactive time value for those times you’re cooking up that pot roast and can spend half the cook time catching up on your Netflix queue.
We’ve also given you more freedom with Yields, and you can make anyone the author of your recipe
Skip to Recipe Button
Another highly-requested feature was Skip to Recipe. Sometimes readers just want to get right to the good stuff, so the ability to add a link or button anywhere in the content that allows readers to jump straight to the recipe was requested again and again. We’re sure they’ll be back to read your musings later in the day.
And we delivered! Here’s the Skip to Recipe button in action
Nofollow Checkbox for Outbound Links
For one reason or another, you may not want your outbound links to be followed. Adding the Nofollow parameter to every outbound link in hardcoded HTML sounds like a true nightmare, so we’ve added a quick and easy checkbox to let you nofollow any link in your recipe content.
Minor Improvements to the Print-Friendly View
We’ve added a recipe image and a source URL to the print-friendly view of your recipes. Now get credit where it’s due, and keep that tasty photo at the forefront of your ready-to-print recipes.
A Bevy of Miscellaneous Improvements
Under the hood we’ve made all sorts of improvements that users won’t be able to see, but they’ll definitely be able to feel them as they use Cookbook. Here’s a list of everything we’ve tackled in this latest release
- Improved JSON-LD and inline schema metadata
- Improved recipe by saving your recipe for you in the background while you work
- Cookbook now has support for Spanish translations! (ES-es)
- Cookbook has support for German Translations. Thanks so much, Daniela!
- Fixed compatibility bugs with the Redirection and Post Type Switcher plugins
How has Cookbook been for you?
We’d love to hear about your experience with Cookbook thus far. Leave a comment and let us know what you love and what we can do better.
We’re committed to making Cookbook the simplest WordPress recipe plugin available, without slacking on the features we know are important to you.
P.S. We know that many of you are ready to jump all-in on Cookbook, but need a recipe converter to make that a reality. That’s our next big push and will be included in our next release cycle, no questions asked. Thank you for your patience. As you all know, the best recipes take a little extra love and a little extra care.
P.P.S. If you’re not on the Cookbook bandwagon yet, buy Cookbook today so we can welcome you aboard!
You guys are so amazing! Thank you for creating this. I’ve had great feedback about it from my readers and I really like it. Customer support has been great too when I’ve needed it. I’m off to update!
Awwww, thanks so much for the kind words Maggie! If there ever is anything else we can do to help please let us know!
I love the improvements, especially the HTML functionality if the plugin is disabled. As a developer, I often have to troubleshoot site issues by turning off all the plugins and testing them one by one to find the one causing the problem. It’s really good to know that my client’s recipes won’t disappear from the site while I am doing this.
I would love to see a CSS call list for this plugin, so I don’t have to inspect every element to find the classes necessary to customize Cookbook to fit my clients’ theme.
Also, a Recipe Card converter would be soooo sweet!
Thanks Dawn, cool idea with the CSS call list. We’ll definitely look into that. Recipe Card converter is on the wayyyyy!!!
I was told by support that you guys are working on an EasyRecipe conversion tool, but it will be a PAID add-on. Is that still going to be the case?
Hey Brina, it depends 🙂
If you bought during our pre-sales period, we’ll include the conversion tool free of charge. If you’ve purchased since then, it will be a paid add-on. Let us know if you have any other questions!
Thank’s Ryan, this is an awesome update. I love the skip to recipe button and I am so looking forward to what the Cookbook plugin will become in the future! 🙂 Keep up the great work guys.
All the best,
We’ll definitely keep that work up 🙂 Thanks for the kind words, Helen!
you forgot to mention that there is also a german translation now… 🙂
How could we forget?? Thanks so much, Daniela. I updated the post 🙂
Any idea on how to edit the look of the cookbook recipe card area? Where do I do this? Editor, genesis, html?