Food Blog – Restaurant website design & Plugins (Part2)

Tips for restaurant website design & Food BlogPart 2 – Introduction

Two days ago we started the food blog discourse, how to create it, with some suggestions,

we want to implement part two, with useful tips for those who are creating the first website for their restaurant and most importantly some of the best designs on the web.

If you missed part one we suggest you take a look at it:

Tips for restaurant website design & Food Blog (Part2)

Key features for a restaurant website

restaurant website design
Restaurant website design

Every sector has its own rules to follow: the guidelines used to create a laundry website cannot be the same as those for a restaurant website.

The restaurant industry is a special and especially competitive world. Every chef tries to show off his or her skills, but to succeed on a website is a difficult task.

To improve your online image and optimise your content, you can follow a few simple tips when creating your restaurant website that will give you an advantage over your competitors.

If you don’t have a lot of experience, you can rely on a specialised company, but the prices are often very high and may exceed your budget.

With our two guides, you can have the same result but at a much lower cost.

Now let’s look at the most important parts:

Search engine optimized content

As well as being a showcase for your dishes, a restaurant’s website needs to “drain” traffic from search engines and attract new customers.

And to do this, what should you do? Create content (mainly articles to be published in a quality blog) that is SEO oriented, i.e. designed for search engines.

If your restaurant’s website manages to rank high for keywords relevant to your business, it is very likely that the number of customers will increase.

For example, if you have a restaurant and you want to set up your website in London,

one of your goals is to be in the top positions for the search query ‘best restaurants London’, ‘restaurants London’, ‘where to eat in London’ and so on.

To find out which words to use in articles and content on your restaurant website, you can use some free online tools:

  • Google Keyword Planner
  • Ubbersuggest

Chrome extension such as:

  • Keyword Surfer
  • Keyword Everywhere

Best Paid Tool

Keyword Researcher

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Please note:

  • You will always need these tools and they will allow you to find the best keywords for your site.

The free paid tools do a great job, but they are clearly not as complete as this last paid tool we showed you.

If you want to get the most out of it, our advice is to invest a few dollars and get a tool that will get you 100% results with accurate data.

  • Once you have your WordPress dashboard (if you followed part 1 you’ll understand)

the first thing to do is to install the free Yoast SEO plugin, it will make your life easier when it concerns your site’s SEO.

Photos make the difference

How to convince the user to come and book online in your restaurant?

Through images. Photos have the power to make the user/customer’s appetite

An advice to follow for the realisation of the restaurant website is to rely on experienced photographers and not on family and friends.

Although it is true that nowadays we have mobile phones that take great pictures with all the various filters and applications available.

The important thing is to give it a lot of importance!

Images of the dishes with the ingredients in full view immediately capture the user’s attention.

The Restaurant Menu

If you manage to capture the attention of the potential customer through photos,

you must also offer him a menu where he can check the dishes prepared by the chef.

Publishing the restaurant’s menu online, with the prices of each dish,

is an additional service offered to the user and allows you to differentiate yourself from your competitors by immediately giving an image of transparency and professionalism.

Next we will look at some templates and useful tools for this!

Online Booking

A direct consequence of the previous paragraph is the need to integrate an online booking tool into the website.

If you can bring traffic to the website from search engines, you must give the user the possibility of booking directly online and consulting the menu.

Tips for restaurant website design & Food Blog (Part2)

The best designs for your Restaurant website(Top 5)

Bettaso – Cafe & Restaurant WordPress Theme

restaurant website design
restaurant website design

Features

  • Home page, where you are able to place engaging banners, clients’ reviews, your own menu and a lot more.
  • About page, which is aimed to give a detailed piece of information about your restaurant or cafe.
  • Gallery page – here you can put your menu gallery or your interior.
  • Blog page is aimed to showcase your posts in a neat and modern layout.
  • Contacts page, where your contacts and social links are placed.

The Restaurant

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Features

  • Uses a section system for increased page-building flexibility
  • Unlimited colors to pick with the colorpicker in the theme settings
  • Admin panel with a ton of options and tabs for easy navigation
  • All Google fonts supported
  • Move the sidebar to the left, right, or remove it entirely to have full width content (global or page specific)
  • Create your own sidebars and assign them to any page you want
  • Sliding menu card page to show off your products with price and description! Multiple menucards are possible!
  • Supports all Twitter Bootstrap elements/shortcodes
  • Plugin support:
    • WooCommerce
    • Contact form 7
    • Black Studio TinyMCE Widget
    • Easy Bootstrap Shortcode
    • Open Table Widget
    • Recent Tweets Widget
    • Restaurant Reservations
    • Wordfence Security
    • WP Customer Reviews
    • WP Rocket
  • Footer widgets
  • Sticky navigation menu
  • Mobile navigation menu
  • Threaded comments
  • Easily adding Google analytics
  • Light weight Swiper Slider
  • Breadcrumbs for increased usability (can be turned off)
  • Use your own favicon and logo
  • Cross Browser Compatibility
  • Coded with SEO in mind

Grand Restaurant WordPress

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Restaurant website design
  • Food Menu Layouts Inspired they provided unique layouts displaying food menu including classic food menu inspired which link you can see on actual restaurant.
  • Google Maps Style & Multiple Locations Changing Goodgle Maps color scheme easy using styling from snazzymaps. Also, multiple maps & locations are supported in this theme.
  • Reservation Options they provided flexible reservations options; for instance, by email form, custom URL or OpenTable.

This theme really has a lot of features we recommend you check out on the official page

Restaurant – Cafe

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Features

  • 23 Meticulously-scripted and professionally-produced HD video tutorials for beginners
  • Sleek and easy to use Drag & Drop page, blog posts and portfolio posts builder, similar to the popular Visual Composer.
  • 1200+ Premium Icon Set
  • Revolution Slider Responsive WordPress Plugin ?
  • Ninja forms
  • Max Mega Menu plugin.
  • Cube Portfolio Grid !
  • FoodPress – Restaurant Menu & Reservation Plugin !

And so much more! See all the features:

LemonChili – A Restaurant WordPress Theme

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Features

  • Valid HTML 5
  • Cross Browser Compatible
  • Responsive Design
  • SEO-optimized
  • Nivo Slider: Upload and reorder slider images
  • Demo Content is included in the theme files to help you get started
  • Colors: Unlimited combinations of link and background colors
  • 7 Page Templates:
    • Home – A fully widgetized page that displays the slider up top
    • Menu 1 Column – A page to display the food and drinks menu (1 column)
    • Menu 2 Columns – A page to display the food and drinks menu (2 columns)
    • Menu 3 Columns – A page to display the food and drinks menu (3 columns)
    • Gallery – A page to display an image gallery
    • Team – A page to display the team
    • Events 1 Column – A page to display upcoming events (1 column)
    • Events 2 Columns – A page to display upcoming events (1 columns)
  • 5 Custom Post Types:
    • Menu
    • Gallery
    • Events
    • Team
    • Slider
  • 7 Custom Widgets:
    • Upcoming Events
    • Featured Dish
    • Business Hours
    • Latest Images
    • Latest Galleries
    • Latest News
  • Font Awesome Icon Font is included in the theme files.
  • Translation: LemonChili is translation ready. Translate into any language you wish using the included .pot file. Everything you need to get started. A German translation is included in the theme.
  • Google Analytics Integration
  • Image Lightbox: Pretty Photo Lightbox is automatically added to any images that links to the full image

Tips for restaurant website design & Food Blog (Part2)

The best Plugins for your Restaurant website

WooFood – Food Delivery Plugin for WooCommerce & Automatic Order Printing

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Features

  • MultiStore Feature – For Merchants with multiple stores
  • Automatic Send the Order to the Nearest store to the customer(*manually selection is also available)
  • Maximum Distance for Delivery
  • Distance Based Calculation / Polygon Based Calculation / Postal Code BasedPickup Option
  • Multiple Customer Addresses
  • Automatic Address Completion using Google Maps APIAccept /Decline Orders

WordPress Food Menu Plugin with Layout Builder

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Features

  • Fully WordPress Compatible
  • +20 Food Menus to choose from
  • Fully Responsive
  • Special Colors
  • Editable Fields
  • 1000+ Icons
  • Custom Hover Effects
  • CSS3
  • Multiple Food Menus in one page
  • <Layout Builder
  • Addon Library
  • Preview Images
  • Manage Columns & Rows
  • Drag & Drop
  • Quick copy paste shortcodes in pages
  • Create Stunning Layouts

Store Locator (Google Maps) For WordPress

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Features

  1. 5 Beautiful Themes for frontend.
  2. Multiple Layouts with Listing and Accordion Option.
  3. Accordion template with hierarchy of Countries, States, Cities and Stores.
  4. Color Palette for Google Maps Plugin UI Color Selection.
  5. Multiple Beautiful InfoWindow.
  6. Extra Template for Deals Websites to show their exciting deals on Maps.
  7. Extra Template for Real Estate websites to show their Properties and categorize them into Sale, Rent and Featured.
  8. Easily customize your info window content, which is a very unique feature.

And Much More


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