Features you’re used to from Feast
- Clean and simple widgetized home page for a flexible layout
- Make it your own with the typography and color Customizer options
- Upload your own retina-quality logo and favicon OR simply type in your blog title to match the default styling
- Flexible grid archive options in Customizer
- Strategic areas for ads and opt-ins: before header, inside header, primary sidebar, secondary sidebar, after entry widget, footer widgets
- Built-in Featured Posts widget with flexible options
- Clean color scheme to highlight your branding & photos
- HTML5 Markup + Mobile Responsive
- Built in “read more” button
- Landing page template (full-width template)
- Styled social icons, subscribe widget, contact form, and comment form
- Easily integrates with your email subscription service
New in Cravings Pro (2018)
- Updated Recipe Index with flexible widgets for categories drop-down, search, Visual Category Index, and featured posts by category
- Condensed header and floating styled responsive drop down menu (great for ad revenue!)
- Engineered with performance in mind. Your SEO auditor is going to LOVE this theme!
- Pre-styled for AdThrive publishers.
- One-click plugin install: we love you enough to save you half an hour of messing with plugins!
What else will I need to make this theme work?
This child theme requires the Genesis Framework, which must be purchased separately. While not required to make the theme work at its basic level, we recommend the following plugins for full functionality:
Food Blog Hosting
We recommend either WPEngine, Cloudways or GetFlywheel for food blogger hosting. Hosting is a critical part of a food blog and we recommend budgeting at least $30/month for hosting. Less expensive hosts cut corners, causing your blog to load slower and hurting your search engine rankings.
These premium hosts also include server-side caching, drastically speeding up your pagespeed.
- Lightning fast page loads with caching
- Managed SSL enabled on all front and back end pages
- Free migration from your old host
- Staging site
- Nightly package
As an additional safety measure, nightly backups means that you won’t lose days or weeks of work if your website goes down for some reason. This makes updating plugins stress-free, and makes keeping your blog up to date simpler.
We know pagespeed is critical for users and search engines, which is why we’re always updating Cravings Pro to be as fast as possible.
What size should my logo be?
We recommend a header size of 430 × 110 pixels and you can upload your logo in the Customizer. You’ll have the option to crop if you need to. Or, if you don’t have a logo, you can simply type in your blog name and it will be styled to match the rest of your typography.
Take note: You’ll need to upload a logo sized at 430 x 110, but it will only appear as 215 x 55. This is because retina screens need a double resolution to appear clear. While this logo area may appear small to some, it has been optimized for placement on all screen sizes, including mobile devices.
How big should my post images be?
To make full use of the theme’s built-in retina featured image thumbnail sizes, you’ll need to make sure that your featured image is at least:
- 970 x 978 for featured images in the large Home Top hero section
- 720 x 991 pixels for vertical images
- 720 x 722 pixels for square featured images
If retina-quality is not important to you or if you’re optimizing your site for Google’s PageSpeed Insights, you can use the minimum featured image sizes, which are:
- 645 x 650 for featured images in the large Home Top hero section
- 360 x 495 pixels for vertical images
- 360 x 361 pixels for square featured images
All other images can be flexible in width, but to fill the full width of the post area, try to shoot for photos that are at least 720 pixels wide.
On the flip side, you don’t want to upload images that are too big. If this is a concern for you, check out the ShortPixel plugin to compress images on upload.
How does the “Read More” button work?
If you are using excerpts on the archive pages, blog page, or in the Featured Posts widget, a “Read More” button will automatically appear for you. You can also use the MORE tag to insert the button when displaying full content.
What recipe plugin do you recommend?
I’m glad you asked! Sure, you need a plugin that will make your recipes look great and get attention from Google, but we think you also need a simple, streamlined solution. It was our honor to collaborate with WP Site Care to give you just that–enter CookbookPlugin.com. Check it out and thank us later!
What if I have more questions? How can I get support?
Can you install and customize it for me?
Absolutely! Check out our Done For You services for more details.
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Start Your Food Blog Checklist
Whether you’re DIY-ing everything from the ground up, or learning just enough to figure out what you need to ask for help with, this checklist breaks it down into the bite-sized steps you’ll need to take to put your best food forward.