The Endless Meal®

The Best WordPress Plugins for Food Bloggers

Plugins are like little programs that you can use to add different features to your blog, without having to spend years learning complicated computer code. There are literally thousands of plugins available for bloggers to use, and it can be confusing and time-consuming to try and figure out which are the best ones.

I've compiled a list here of all the plugins that I have installed on The Endless Meal, and the ones I believe are the best WordPress plugins for food bloggers.

This page contains a few affiliate links. If you click on these links and decide to make a purchase, I will earn a small amount of commission, but you will pay exactly the same amount. I support these products 100% and want to share them with you because I believe they will make your blog prettier, safer, faster and even more awesome. 

Plugins for making your blog pretty

Easy Recipe – This is one of the most needed WordPress plugins for food bloggers. It lets you insert professional-looking recipes into your blog. It will also encourage Google to show a picture of your recipe in Google Search and will help you get your pins validated on Pinterest. I purchased Easy Recipe Plus so I could have more control over the look of the recipe template.

Pinterest Pin It Button Pro – Have you seen the awesome Pin It image when you hover over any one of the pics on the blog? This is the plugin I use to make that happen.

Simple Social Icons – This plugin adds Facebook, Twitter and other social media buttons to your website. They're super easy to customize so you can match the look and feel of your site.

OptinSkin 3.3 – This plugin lets you customize sign-up forms and links them to your newsletter provider. It's what I use for the newsletter sign-up form in the sidebar and under each of my posts.

OptinMonster – This is the plugin I use for the email signup form that pops up when a reader comes to TEM. Since installing OptinMonster my monthly email subscription rate has grown by almost 900%. If you are trying to grow your newsletter list (and you should be!) I HIGHLY recommend this plugin.

Facebook Page Promoter Lightbox – This plugin has helped me grow my Facebook page exponentially. I get an average of 20 new Facebook likes per day, up from zero when I started using it a year and a half ago. I bought the premium version so that I could have more control over the look of this plugin.

Comment Luv – This plugin lets people choose if they would like to receive emails when their comment is replied to. If you're a fellow blogger, it also allows you to choose from one of your recent blog posts to link to under your comment. It's a nice way to say ‘thank you' to fellow bloggers who leave a comment on your site.

Simple Share Buttons Plus – I use this plugin for the social share buttons at the beginning and end of each post. There is a free version available, but I bought the $10 version so that I could have full control of customizing the buttons to look the way I want them to.

Security WordPress Plugins for Food Bloggers

Limit Login Attempts – This plugin allows you to ban IP addresses after a failed password attempt. The Endless Meal experienced two brute force attacks last year; if you don't know what that is, consider yourself lucky. It's basically when hundreds of computers attempt to break your blog's password at the same time. It's scary. I have the login attempts limited to 1 and the time between attempts set to 9000 hours (375 days).

Make sure to remember your password! If you accidentally lock yourself out, you will have to either wait for the lockout period to end or disable the plugin via your SFTP server.

Rename wp-login.php – This plugin has significantly reduced the number of login attempts The Endless Meal gets. All WordPress admins log into their site through this URL: This plugin lets you change that URL to you want. If people can't find your login page, they can't attempt to break your password.

Online Backup for WordPress – Backs up my entire site on a schedule I choose.

Vaultpress – This is another plugin that I use to backup my site. I pay $5/ month for their ‘Lite' plan.

Akismet – This WordPress plugin blocks spam comments from taking over your life. I manually approve every comment before it is allowed on the blog, but without with plugin I would never be able to weed through them. So far it has blocked almost 500,000 spam messages for me.

Other Super Helpful WordPress Plugins for Food Bloggers

w3 Total Cache – This is a powerful caching plugin that will help your blog pages to load faster.

WordPress SEO by Yoast – A powerful SEO plugin. This is the one you want!

Q23W Fixed Widget – This plugin will let you make any of the widgets in your sidebar sticky. I have it set to my last ad so that when a reader scrolls down the page the ad will remain in view. {thank you to Patricia from Rhubarbarians for letting me know about this plugin!}

WordPress Editorial Calendar – This plugin is where I schedule all my upcoming posts. It has been invaluable for helping keep me on track.

Grammarly – This isn't a WordPress plugin, but it such a great tool that I think it deserves a mention here. Grammarly is an app that works like spell-check, only its a million times better. It will catch all your spelling and grammar mistakes as well as your typos.

Genesis WordPress Plugins for Food Bloggers

Genesis 404 – creates a custom 404 landing page for your blog.

Genesis Simple Edits – This plugin lets you make changes to the footer credits, add images or text below the footer as well as edit your post's metadata.

Genesis Simple Hooks – This plugin lets you edit your theme using relatively simple hooks. If you want to make changes to your theme, but aren't comfortable editing the PHP files directly, this plugin is for you.

If you use Foodie Pro for your blog's theme, you will find these three plugins super helpful.