What this means: you can't change the Feast Plugin settings without upgrading.
It's the perfect solution for any brand new food blog that has less than 100 high quality posts, or is less than a year old (if this isn't you, get the full Feast Plugin).
It brings all the enhancements of the Feast Plugin that aren't available in classic themes, including:
- SEO enhancements
- pagespeed optimization
- improved accessibility compliance
- improved user experience
- the recipe post template
This is done through a fully updated:
- Modern Homepage
- Modern Sidebar
- Modern Footer
- Modern Menu
- Modern Recipe Index
- Modern Categories (excluding custom content)
Say goodbye to difficult-to-configure widgets!
When starting a food blog, your only focus should be on writing 100 recipe posts that:
- are keyword researched
- have topically-focused content
- have high quality images (including process shots)
- have been thoroughly tested
Removing technical configurations means that you're able to focus on the only thing that matters (high quality recipes).
The Feast Plugin Starter is priced lower at $97/year instead of $249/year because the costs of supporting a single, well-tested configuration is much less than having to test every possible combination of settings.
It's an open secret that nobody stays on top of updates because there's too much to do and too little time in a day.
With the Feast Plugin Starter, we automatically implement the settings that optimize your blogs performance based on feedback from other customers, as well as industry experts.
Guided block usage
WordPress is filled with blocks and block options that are either highly experimental, don't comply with accessibility requirements, or are just not applicable to food blogs.
We've locked down the post block options to blocks that have been shown to be stable and effective at creating a good user experience for all visitors, and comply with SEO, mobile and accessibility requirements.
This means that you have to spend less time redoing your work over the long-run.
Access to all 5 themes is included with the Feast Plugin Starter.
This is not compatible with any theme except our own.
The reason for this is that we've seen through thousands of blogs that these plugins and functionality are simply way too complex with no benefit.
An example of the type of thing that is automatically set and can't be disabled is the posts per page setting in the Feast Plugin.
In the Feast Plugin Starter, this is automatically enabled and can not be disabled. As a brand new blogger, chances are that you don't have the background knowledge to know how this impacts SEO, pagespeed, accessibility and user experience, and trying to manage it yourself would lead to a sub-optimal setup.
While this is something that can technically be disabled by the full Feast Plugin, we recommend everyone has it enabled.
Bonus: free blank site setup
With the Plugin Starter, we now offer a free pre-set-up site so that you save hours of following tutorials, and can get started blogging right away.
Note: the Fresh Site White Glove requires BigScoots Managed Hosting @ $35/month
This is not a migration. It is a fully blank site, except for the demo content (that should be deleted).
When you're ready to upgrade to the full Feast Plugin, simply purchase a subscription for it and download the full Feast Plugin from your account.
Remove the Feast Plugin Starter and upload the full Feast Plugin.
Everyone currently on the Feast Plugin has their own custom setup and combination of settings, and would most likely be frustrated by the lack of configuration.
Our setup has been refined over thousands of installs and iterations and is 100% functional. There is nothing fundamentally wrong with the plugin or our setup and there is never a justification for a refund. Any lack of success is due entirely to the users lack of work ethic.
Entertaining non serious users detracts from focusing on delivering value to our user base and is not something we have any interest in. If you're on the fence, don't buy the plugin.
See the full no-refund policy here.
Unfortunately, no. It configures just the Feast Plugin.
However, some configurations in the Feast Plugin do control other parts of WordPress, Yoast and WP Rocket, in order to use pre-existing functionality and prevent conflicts.
We hope to expand on non-Feast settings we manage as time goes on.
No. Our setup is a small component of running a successful food blog.
First and foremost, your own education is the only deciding factor in your success. You have to learn how content sites work, how keyword research works, how to take high quality photographs and write high quality content.
This is a normal business like any other, and your growth as the business owner will determine how successful you are - nothing else. Your first 2-3 years will be a steep learning curve, and you'll never stop learning.
On top of that, you need a domain name, a self-hosted WordPress site (not on wordpress.com), a recipe card plugin, Yoast SEO and WP Rocket for pagespeed.
It's impossible for a single company to provide all this for you. Each individual component is incredibly complex and changing at a rapid pace, which is why specialized providers exist for hosting, SEO, pagespeed, etc.
The Feast Plugin Starter is designed for sites with less than 100 recipes, where categorization does not play a large role. It's more important to focus on creating your first 100 posts, which will define how your site will be categorized. Everyone who optimizes categories too early, ends up redoing everything once they have more content. Your focus is content, not categories.
If you need the custom content feature for the Modern Categories, you're ready to upgrade to the full version of the Feast Plugin.