Gourmand is a classy food blogging WordPress theme powered by WPZOOM. This theme is dedicated to food bloggers who need a mixture of blog and magazine layout. Flexibility is the main factor that can easily turn a simple blog into fully feature magazine layout. Whether you need simple blog, stylish grid layout or full-width layout, it has options for every need.
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It’s a perfect choice for food bloggers and recipe writers who need simple yet versatile layout. The built-in plugin support offers ability to insert recipes using custom post type supported by block structure. You can also publish simple post to share lifestyle, travel, craft and other types of blog articles.
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Gourmand Review – Homepage Options :
Featured Areas : Bloggers have all the options to feature the most important recipes on frontpage. There are featured areas provided with various layout options so that user can choose grid style, featured layout etc. You can make different variations using featured sections but demo still shows 4 possible variations to give you clear idea about wide possibilities.
The demo variation shows top featured area with carousel, 3 columns, 4 columns and 3 image boxes at the top. The sidebar remains optional so blogs can use full-width layout or sidebar on right to promote widgets.
Sidebar Widgets : Gourmand WordPress theme brings a package of custom widgets so that bloggers can promote contents in widget areas. The sidebar is visible while browsing posts and pages. This is the place where you can promote categories, newsletter form, latest recipes, author details and more. I liked the tabbed widget that shows “Most Viewed & Most Commented” featured post list with view count.
Footer also presents widget areas like Instagram sections and custom widget columns to place widgets that we just discussed for sidebar.
Homepage Sections : As we just talked about homepage that consist of versatile layouts. Them homepage shows Featured section on the top of the page so that visitors can view highly popular contents. After that “Latest Post” section uses list and grid style which shows recently released posts from blog section. It shows latest posts from all categories, though you can also exclude categories which you don’t want to promote in latest posts area.
The bottom homepage shows “Categories” section with featured layout. Bloggers can add featured categories on homepage that is always worth promoting. Hence, visitors can always see most recent posts from that topics.
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WPZOOM Food Blogging Theme – Benefits :
Theme Options Panel : I have reviewed many best selling WordPress blogging themes so far, but Gourmand is really unique. The built-in WPZoom options panel offers custom settings to setup homepage, color skins, archive page, & banners. All thanks to Zoom framework for offering built-in options with plenty of controls so authors can bring changes without editing codes.
Multiple Ad Zones : The premium food blog template covers advertisement banner sections so that author can make revenue out of visitors. There are total 4 banner sections like after post, header, sidebar and post Ad areas. You can select right widget and banner code for each banner. It can surely boost ad-revenue when you promote right banner at right place.
Some bloggers prefer to sell their own ebook or recipe training course by promoting it inside blog post and widget areas. Thanks to advanced monetization feature for offering flexibility to integrate banners anywhere on the site.
Visual Customizer : : This live customizer is used to setup color elements for different sections. You can setup logo, header style, menu bar, widgets and lots of stuff from WordPress customizer. You can view live preview for all changes made from customizer hence user can escape changes easily it it’s not suitable.
The fast loading layout with light weight design always puts content into main focus. If you want to create a mobile friendly responsive recipe blogging platform then here is what you need. It has everything from simple options panel to responsive retina ready layout that fits on all screen sizes.
Gourmand WPZOOM Recipe Theme – Conclusion :
Recipe Listing : Food lovers can use recipe cards plugins like EasyRecipe, WP Recipe Maker & Tasty Recipes to promote food ideas. These plugins help to share recipes in clearly readable style. It can show list of ingredients and cooking directions in step by step mode. Authors can add images, videos, buttons, and lots of other details. There are visual controls to add contents, icons, and everything required to list recipe.
Recipe Index page uses multiple columns grid to show all recipes at one place. User can browse archive page with different filter options that shows : By category, By date and List view. The search box is placed on the top of the page so readers can insert keyword to find relevant recipes post.
Single Post : We found several engaging features for single post that keep readers engaged in browsing and other activities. The floating social share bar always shows list of selected social buttons so user can share blog recipes with other friends instantly. The bottom part shows tags/categories, related posts and author introduction with social links.
There is a Post-Navigation box to promote featured entries with Next and Previous post links. This features could help readers to check more posts without going back to archive page. Comments feature offers a two way communication between authors and readers.
Header Options : The header is primary navigation board to browse top level pages, & categories. The custom logo uploader, social navigation, search box and top notification bars are important elements of header. The drop-down menu can display additional links under main menu so that user can always browse everything from single menu system.
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