When managing your restaurant business, everything boils down to how fast and maximum easy? Do you have enough tools to meet the needs of an on-demand economy, which requires providing customers with multiple conveniences of a technological era? That implies online contacts and reviews, table reservation, online ordering and delivery, etc. Are you already looking for the ways to soup up your restaurant with anything of this nature?
If you already have a WordPress website, but it doesn’t present all of your menu offerings in detail, it will be harder to deal with an evolving customer behavior. I mean so many people won’t enter your cafe or restaurant if they don’t see beforehand the reviews, prices, and sometimes even nutrition info relating to the menu listings.
So, in this article, we’ll try to improve an online presence of your food establishment. To be more precise, you are going to read a quick guide on how to arrange a stylish restaurant menu and enable eCommerce functionality with one of the available number of free solutions - WordPress Restaurant Menu plugin by MotoPress.
Compared to other free alternatives on the market, this plugin stands out due to a couple of important features:
Let’s also list the main features of the plugin for you to understand its benefits more easily:
Okay, let’s put theory into practice and review those three steps in detail.
Start with adding menu items (all your food and beverage offerings) and categories (like ‘appetizers,' ‘entrees,' ‘desserts’) that you are going to add.
First up, if you are going to divide menu items into categories, add the latter: navigate to Restaurant Menu > Categories > Add new. In this section, you can also upload the category image to make it look more appealing in the live list. When everything is set up, you may proceed with menu items customization.
Now you are ready to add all relevant menu items and optionally connect them to the appropriate categories: Go to Restaurant Menu > Add new.
Apart from standard WordPress fields like title and description, you may add the following details:
Navigate to the Settings menu to configure all options according to your needs. In this same section, you can also turn on eCommerce and fully adjust it. Here are the main settings you should work on.
Then go to configure payment gateways. You get a pretty good list of options.
There are a few more important settings for the checkout process that you should define in the Checkout Settings tab.
Email tab contains all the settings to help you customize admin and user emails, purchase receipt template, and “new sale” notifications. It contains plenty of user-friendly shortcodes to help you customize all emails more quickly.
To make the shopping cart button suit your website color scheme and design, you can configure it in the styles tab: change color, style, and size of the button.
You may also enable taxes and set the tax rate via the Tax Settings menu.
In the Extensions section, you may see all currently available free and paid conversion-boosting addons. So far, there are three add-ons.
It looks like you are ready to go!
Well, almost ready. The most pleasant work is let - to play around with options for displaying your menu on the live site. You still need to output the shortcode with appropriate settings to get the most optimal viewing. To do this, go to add a post or page > on the TinyMCE dashboard find MotoPress Restaurant Menu icon and click it.
The shortcode offers you different options.
For example, here is what you can get setting Categories type and a list view.
Here is what we can get outputting one column of a list view with all options ticked:
Moreover, if you plan to feature your menu without any additional info like an image, description, etc, you can set a Simple List view mode (Shortcode Settings > View mode > List > Simple List) and let your site visitors enjoy the menu without visual overcomplexity.
However, you can output more details about each menu item on the separate page.
Free MotoPress Restaurant Menu plugin for WordPress was created with special attention to a handy management toolkit so even a non-tech restaurant owner can set it all up. Of course, it’s not that as easy as pressing a button and hoping for the magic to happen, the process will take some time for you to get acquainted with the admin tools, but even magic lessons take time.
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