Notice something different? Today I’m super excited to introduce you to the all new No Recipes! With a shiny new logo and custom built theme, every aspect of the site has been rethought, bringing you improvements like bigger photos, simpler navigation, autocomplete in search with previews, being ab
Notice something different? Today I’m super excited to introduce you to the all new No Recipes! With a shiny new logo and custom built theme, every aspect of the site has been rethought, bringing you improvements like bigger photos, simpler navigation, autocomplete in search with previews (tip: try hitting the "/" key as a shortcut to search), being able to comment from anywhere, easier recipe sharing, and too many others to list.
But it’s not just a cosmetic makeover. I’ve made the leap from my own server running Wordpress to Cucumbertown, a food blogging platform with a funny name, built from the ground up for food blogs. This means I’ll be resting easier knowing that I’m not going to get woken up in the middle of the night with a message that my server is down (although I can’t say the same for the techies at CT). It also means that the back-end, front-end and content delivery network have been optimized for showing you recipes and drool-worthy foodporn. Translated into plain English: No Recipes should load MUCH faster than it used to, and look great on any device.
As part of the switch I've also gone through over 900 posts, giving them all a little love, upgrading some of the images to higher resolutions, and most importantly transitioning all my old recipes into a standard recipe format that’s printable. Despite many hours of bleary eyed quality assurance testing, I’m certain I’ve let a few bugs slip through, so if you see something that doesn’t quite look right (buttons that don’t work, wonky formatting, missing text/images, etc). Please please pleeeeeease use the contact form (link above) to let me know so I can get it fixed.
If you’re thinking about starting a food blog (or even if you already have one), I highly recommend checking out Cucumbertown. There are a lot of technical reasons why their infrastructure rocks, but the most important reason that anyone can understand is that Cucumbertown was built specifically for food bloggers. Unlike a generic blogging platform like Wordpress, where you have to cobble together plugins, frameworks, and child themes to make a nice looking food blog with support for recipes, Cucumbertown is built around recipes, with some great looking themes straight out of the box.
What’s all this cost you ask? Well, at the risk of sounding like a late-night infomercial, if you sign up right now, it’s free! This isn't some fly-by-night startup that's going to disappear in a few months either. Cucumbertown was acquired earlier this year by Cookpad, a publicly traded company, and Japan's largest recipe site. After a few conversations with the folks at Cucumbertown, it quickly became apparent that moving No Recipes onto Cucumbertown was the best move for me as well as all of you. That's because they do what they're good at (design, coding, hosting, security, stability, etc), so that I have more time to cook, document and share my adventures with you!