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Visual Recipe Index


Visual Recipe Index
This plugin creates an automatically updating recipe index with pictures.
It uses the recipes that you already have on your blog, and the categories that you have defined.

To use, follow the instructions on the admin page (Settings->Visual Recipe Index) to generate shortcodes to paste onto a page of your choice to display your recipe index.

This plugin uses the featured image for the thumbnail if set, and the first image of the post if a featured image isn’t set.

Visual Recipe Index Pro – Features being considered for development
* Simplified user interface

  • Pagination/endless scroll

  • Drag and drop category ordering

  • Faster image loading

  • Beautiful styles with several themes to choose from

  • Removal of dependency on cutting and pasting shortcodes on a page

  • Automatic index page creation with checkbox to add to menu

  • Option to automatically add multi-page index creation with hierarchy

  • Option for slider gallerys with multi-page/category hierarchys

  • Significantly improved SEO


  • Sample of how the visual recipe index will look. You can also check out a live version at
  • Screenshot of the admin screen providing clear directions on how to create your automatically updating visual recipe index.


You can download and install Visual Recipe Index using the built in WordPress plugin installer. If you download Visual Recipe Index manually, make sure it is uploaded to “/wp-content/plugins/visual-recipe-index/”.

Activate Visual Recipe Index in the “Plugins” admin panel using the “Activate” link.

You can now create your recipe index via the instructions on the Settings->Visual Recipe Index page.


Can I style this with css?

Yes, everything should be fully styleable. If you find something that isn’t please contact the developer via the support forums and I’ll see what I can do.

How are the images resized?

The images are resized using an embedded version of TimThumb. It is using version 2.8.13.

Why aren’t my images showing?

The most common reason for this is that you don’t have a cache directory or the cache directory isn’t writeable by the webserver. It should be located at: your-wordpress-installation-directory/wp-content/plugins/visual-recipe-index/includes/cache.

Please ensure that this directory exists and is writeable by your webserver.


ستمبر 3, 2016
Hello everyone! I need help on how to customize the index. Any idea on how to do it? I would really appreciate some help. Thanks in advance. Francisca
پروری 8, 2017
This plugin is easy to install. It does exactly what it says it does. I love that it is automated. I do wish it had an automated list feature though. I also wish that I could split each category into pages. Right now I am only using this plugin to showcase my recipes in a view all page. I had to create a different way to showcase my recipes on individual pages so that there can be more than one page. I personally hate scrolling down a long list. At least with my view all page I can add more pages, but I am not sure how that will look with only a few categories on one page, and more on another. Another plus of this plugin is it loads quickly! Before I had thumbnails that took awhile to load, or loaded in the wrong size unless you refreshed the page. If anyone is curious (I usually am)about what my individual category pages look like they’re at:
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Contributors & Developers

“Visual Recipe Index” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


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Interested in development?

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  • Initial checkin


  • Updated readme.txt file, added screenshots
  • Minor ux modifications


  • Security update
  • CSS tweaks


  • Increased picture quality


  • Removed “Version” tags within code so download tag would update correctly


  • minor updates


  • Added some marketing copy


  • Fixed a minor javascript error