Have you ever avoided updating your theme because it was difficult, time consuming, and you were afraid of losing your changes?
Do you know that your blog is being hindered because it’s outdated, but updating is a hassle?
We’ve heard you.
Update Without Reinstalling
The Feast Plugin will make updating your theme simpler, providing functionality that can be kept up-to-date without having to reinstall your theme.
Save Customizations When Changing Themes
Even better, we’ll be making these persistent, saving your plugin customizations between theme changes.
Unlock Next-Gen Features
We’re building out next-generation features (including the block editor) and further customization settings, helping food bloggers who want to take their blog further, and get the most of their time and efforts.
For a limited time, subscribing to the Feast Plugin grants you access to all 5 Feast Design Co. themes, including:
- Foodie Pro v.4.0.6
- Brunch Pro v.4.0.6
- Cook’d Pro v.4.0.3
- Seasoned Pro v.3.2.0
- Cravings Pro v.3.2.0
Normally priced at $199/year for the plugin and access to themes, we’re offering an early subscriber price of $99/year including the plugin and all themes.
2019 And Beyond
2019 will be the year of user-experience (UX), shifting the focus to making sure your blog is optimized for the user-experience of your visitors. The Feast plugin makes complying with these changes simple, with options for:
- Toggle: Navigation Before/After Header
- Toggle: Sticky Mobile Menu
- Toggle: Previous/Next on Posts
- Additional Image Sizes
- Edit Post Info
- Disclosures shortcodes
- Category Featured Images
- Word Count + Reading Time shortcodes
- Mobile Browser Color
Upcoming features include:
- Configuration audit
- Foodie Profile
- Additional styling
Navigation Before/After Header
Avoid having to edit code to customize your menu position (before or after your logo). Simply select where you’d like it to appear. Note: Seasoned Pro and Cravings Pro use an inline menu, and aren’t styled for before/after headers.
Note: does not currently work for Seasoned Pro and Cravings Pro, which use a different header setup.
Keep your mobile menu pinned to the top of the page as the visitor scrolls down.
This makes it easier for your visitors to navigate your site (and jump to the search) while scrolling through your posts.
Note: Does not currently work for Seasoned Pro and Cravings Pro, which use a different header setup.
Previous/Next on Posts
When your readers reach the end of a post, they face the choice of either leaving or looking for more content. This has a direct impact on your income as a food blogger: if you can keep them around and generate another pageview, you’ll earn more ad revenue.
With the click of button, you can now add “Previous” and “Next” posts to the bottom of your content, giving readers an incentive to stick around, rather than bounce.
Edit Post Info
It’s no secret that visitors and search engines love details. Easily edit your post info to provide the date published, date updated and other details such as disclosures.
We’ve long advocated that your recipes should be evergreen and that dates shouldn’t impact your content, and we still do. But recent data shows that having date published and date modified are a good user experience, and may help search engine ranking due to additional schema.
Note: This only updates the post info on the post page. We do not recommend that you display post meta data on the home page or category pages.
These datepublished and datemodified schema are important for search engines:
Author information is now a critical part of food blogging (see this SEMRush webinar with Casey Markee), and the Edit Post Info allows you to easily specify an author link with the post_author_link shortcode:
Your post_author_link is set in your Admin -> Users -> Your Profile -> Website field.
How do you make sure you’ve covered off all your disclosures? The FTC, search engines and ad companies require a number of disclosures when money changes hands, and paid content requires clear disclaimers. Among them:
- sponsored content
Not having these in place can result in a number of different penalties, account closures and fines.
The disclosure settings allow you to specify your disclaimers to avoid violating regulations and being penalized. We recommend having all of these on every page of your website, as it doesn’t affect your credibility any more than it does for every other website and magazine in existence.
Word Count + Reading Time
With some of the larger recipe sites ranking on fewer than 100 words, visitors are frustrated with low-content recipes that fail to provide adequate prep instructions.
Show your visitors that you’ve put time and effort into your content with a word count and estimated reading time, from the moment they land on your recipe page.
For a full overview, see the full Word Count + Reading Time writeup and leave your comments and requests there.
Disable Genesis Schema
Yoast v.11 came with a more modern, updated schema than what’s found in Genesis. We recommend disabling the Genesis Schema.Full write up here.
Mobile Browser Color
Set the browser color in Chrome to your brand’s color!
Currently only supported on Android devices. We’ll update this feature for additional browser and devices as support is enabled for it.
Foodie Profile (in development)
Roughly 80% of traffic to food blogs now being driven by mobile. This means that when someone lands on your recipes (typically, 90% of your website traffic), you’re failing to demonstrate “creator expertise”, which negatively affects your E-A-T and page quality.
Is your “About Me” located in your sidebar? Chances are that 80% of your visitors never see it and never know who you are. On the mobile version of food blogs, the user-profile sidebar gets pushed below your content – all the way down at the bottom.
The Foodie Profile adds an author box above your posts, explaining who you are and why you’re an expert on the page’s topic.
This is also a great place to put a short call-to-action – whether to sign up for a newsletter, buy your latest cookbook, or join a membership program.
Extra Header Options (in development)
Oversized, elaborate headers push your content further down the page (“below the fold”), creating a bad user experience and going against best practices for search engines. They’re outdated, and do nothing for your visitors.
Toggle a minified header with the click of a button, putting your mobile menu, logo and search bar in a compact bar at the top of your page.
Additional Styling (in development)
We’ve added styling classes, making customizing your blog easier than ever. Included are:
- feast-round-image: make your images a circle
- feast-vibrant: make your images brighter and more colorful
- feast-vibrant-2x: even brighter and more colorful!
- feast-greyscale: turn images an edgy monochrome color, and restore the color on hover
- feast-chat-bubble: make images and content distinctive with a chat bubble layout
Note that these styling classes affect the display of images on your blog’s front-end, not the back-end, and they don’t actually modify the image. If someone downloads or pins your images, the original file will be used. These do not create additional versions of your image on your host.
Add Image Sizes (in development)
Advanced users only: Easily specify the width of additional images you’d like generated, adding more image options for your srcset, and increasing pagespeed.
Note that this will increase the time it takes for plugins like ShortPixel and WPSmush to process images, and will consume more disk space on your host. Unless you have a very strong grasp of what you’re doing, we recommend not touching this.
Simple Recipe Index (in development)
The recipe indexes in all themes were set up in different ways, depending on what the prevailing best practices of the time were. Unfortunately, this means they’re all setup different, and it makes changing themes difficult.
With the Simple Recipe Index, we’re creating a new recipe index into a re-usable template that will be integrated into the block editor over time. This new version will contain feature requests and solutions to common support requests.
Rather than complicated widgets and custom page types (which sometimes created duplicate pages), this will be built using shortcodes, with support for the block editor added over time.
Configuration Audit (in development)
Have you followed the hundreds of updates and articles put out by Google, Yoast, WP Rocket, WordPress, Genesis and Feast over the years? If not, your blog settings may be holding you back.
The configuration audit checks your settings against current best practices, which are regularly reviewed and updated here at Feast, and notifies you when your settings should be updated.
The Feast Plugin is designed to work as-is, and does not include anything not explicitly outlined above.
You can always send in a request for something you’d like to see implemented.
We have not seen any issues with Jetpack, but expect that it may cause conflicts with some sites.
The Feast Plugin is a subscription service:
- $99/year – Base plugin
$199/yearLimited Time: $99/year – Gain access to the Feast Plugin, plus all 5 Feast Design Co. themes, and switch at your heart’s content. No refunds (or money back guarantee) due to theme files being non-refundable.
You are purchasing a yearly license subscription which grants you access to plugin updates and priority support.
- Genesis Framework
- Theme from FeastDesignCo
- Valid version of PHP (7 and later)
With the base plugin, you can cancel any time in the first 30 days for a full refund. At this time, we’re not selling the base plugin separately. Only the $199/year option (includes access to all themes) is available for sale, and is not eligible for refunds.
Plans that include access to theme files are not eligible for refunds or the 30-day money back guarantee.
You can cancel your subscription at any time and you’ll retain access until your year is complete. Canceling the subscription does not initiate a refund.
We’ll answer questions as they arise via the Feast Plugin FAQ.
Features and functionality may change as they’re developed. Some statements are forward-looking plans, and not guaranteed to be implemented or maintained long-term. Version 1 has been launched as a minimum-viable-product under the “release early, release often” software philosophy. The value of the plugin for the immediate future lies in the access to all themes for $99/year.
- 2.0 – in development
- Auto-update from the plugin page
- 1.9 – May 3, 2019
- Mobile Browser Color (Android)
- 1.8.1 – April 19, 2019
- 1.8 – April 2, 2019
- 1.7 – March 15, 2019
- Categories featured image
- Note: this requires further development work, and is in BETA
- 1.6 – March 8, 2019
- 1.5 – February 26, 2019
- Edit Post Info
- Update March 8, 2019: Disclosures usable in edit post info
- Update April 2, 2019: word count + reading time usable in edit post info
- 1.4 – February 1, 2019
- Previous/Next Post Navigation
- 1.3 – January 15, 2019
- Sticky Header
- 1.1 – December 26, 2018
- Before/After Header Menu