Recipe Categorization / Filtering
Recipe Kit adds recipe cards on top of Shopify's existing blog page framework. This gives you, the store owners, the ability to write extensive blog posts, take advantage of Shopify's content editor, as well as use Shopify's built-in filtering, search, and categorization features to enable a better experience for your customers.
The important thing to highlight is that right now - Recipe Kit does not offer a built-in filtering / categorization feature for your Shopify store.
This is due to the complexity of each Shopify theme's styling, and the different ways that each store wants to categorize / filter / display their recipe blog posts.
We expect to be releasing a base filtering / recipe categorization feature into Recipe Kit by around Q3 2021. This will likely be available as an upgraded cost to the base Recipe Kit plan. More details will follow.
In saying all of this, there are currently a few workaround options you can implement on your store. I will highlight them below.
1. Built-in Theme Blog Post Filtering (with blog post tags)
Some Shopify themes come with built-in blog post filtering features on Blog Index pages. These filters use blog post tags to filter blog posts / recipes accordingly. For example, Shopify's default, free theme "Debut" comes with a basic, but functional blog post filtering feature enabled by default.
The best route for you to start with would be looking through your theme's settings, and trying to find a 'blog post filtering' setting of some sort. Some themes will have this, some will not.
If you can't find any settings like this, get in contact with your theme developer's support team and ask them about this feature. Some themes may have this feature hidden away or released in a newer update to your theme. Your theme developer is likely your best contact to getting this feature in place on your store.
Blog Post Tags
The above features relies on blog post tags, in most cases, to filter and categorize blog posts (recipe posts). As it stands, you need to manually add tags to each and every blog post within Shopify (not Recipe Kit) in order for this feature to work. For example, you could add the tag "Breakfast" to an omelette recipe, "Lunch" to a BLT recipe, etc.
Recipe Kit does not add blog post tags to a blog post upon recipe creation - this will be released soon though and will make your life much easier!
2. Separate Blog Categories
If your theme doesn't have a blog post filtering feature, but you still want some semblance of categorization on your store; I would suggest implementing this strategy.
This strategy involves creating multiple Shopify blogs for each category you want for your recipes.
For example, rather than creating one main "Recipes" blog; you would create multiple recipe blogs, depending on the category:
- Breakfast Recipes
- Lunch Recipes
- Dinner Recipes
- Dessert Recipes
Within each of these blog categories, you can then assign the recipe posts accordingly.
Within Shopify's navigation setting, you can then set up a new navigation item called "Recipes". Within this navigation item, create dropdown items that link to each recipe blog.
Doing the above will enable a basic, but extremely functional, categorization feature on your store. A customer would hover over "Recipes", and then they can specifically select "Lunch Recipes" if they are looking for a lunch recipe. Clicking that would bring them to the "Lunch Recipes" index page, with all of your lunch recipes displaying.
These are the two most popular options for recipe post filtering, right now. As mentioned - Recipe Kit is working to release a global recipe filtering setup to be released app-wide in the coming months. Stay tuned for this feature, and let us know if you have any requests for it!
Thanks so much :)