Recipe Key


A bloggers dream come true!

Recipe Key adds visual icons to your posts helping your site visitors find more of what interests them. It does this by integrating with your categories and tags. Use illustrated dietary icons, or abbreviated icons (e.g. GF for gluten free). Great for food, travel or DIY bloggers.

Illustrated Dietary Icons

See icon examples here

  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Low Carb
  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Nut Free
  • Egg Free
  • Sugar Free
  • Soy Free
  • Corn Free
  • High Protein
  • Keto
  • Vegan
  • Whole30
  • Paleo
  • Quick Meals
  • Pescetarian
  • Low Fat – New!
  • Mediterranean – New!

Note: some features are Premium. Which means you need Recipe Key Premium to unlock those features. This version of Recipe Key is limited to 4 icons. You can learn more and get Recipe Key Premium here!


The Recipe Key team does not always provide active support for the Recipe Key plugin on the forums, as we prioritize our email support. One-on-one email support is available to people who bought Recipe Key Premium only.

Note that Recipe Key Premium also has several extra features, including up to 17 icons with fully customizable Category/Tags. Additionally, you can use shortcodes to place Recipe Key anywhere on your site. Recipe Key Premium has WooCommerce Integration and Genesis Foodie Pro Feature widgets. Learm More about Recipe Key Premium.


  1. Visit ‘Plugins > Add New’
  2. Search for ‘Recipe Key’
  3. Activate Recipe Key from your Plugins page.
  4. See the After Activation area below.


  1. Upload the recipe-key folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the Recipe Key plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  3. See the After Activation area below.


  1. Review how Recipe Key see’s your categories and tags under Settings > Recipe Key > Summary Tab.
  2. Go through and add/modify the categories and tags you want for your site.
  3. Add up to 4 fully customizable wordpress categories/tags.
  4. Note with this Recipe Key Free version, you are limited to Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegetarian, Low Carb dietary icons. Add up to 19 additional categories and icons with Recipe Key Premium.
  5. You’re done!

Recipe Key Walkthrough


  • Blog Post with Dietary Icons
  • Sidebar Recipe Key Widget
  • Recipe Key Increases Pageviews and Keeps Visitors On Your Site
  • Customized Sidebar
  • Customize Recipe Key Anyway You Want!
  • Abbreviated Icons in post
  • Abbreviated Sidebar Icons
  • Recipe Key Configuration Page


I’ve Installed The Plugin Now What?

If you don’t already have category and/or tags, it’s time to add them. For example, add the category or tag ‘gluten free’ or ‘kid friendly’ and that icon will show up on any post labeled as ‘gluten free’ or ‘kid friendly’.

Icons aren’t showing up, why?

Verify that you have categories or tags in WordPress that match the configuration in Recipe Key. You can use the Recipe Key admin page under the admin dashboard > settings > Recipe Key > Summary to see why Recipe Key isn’t picking up the associated tags or categories. Make sure you’ve entered your wordpress category/tags into Recipe Key exactly how they appear, they are case sensitive.

Can I change recipe key colors?

Yes! You can change change the style and colors of recipe key within the settings.

Do I need to use the dietary illustrated icons?

Nope, you can remove the illistrated Icons and use Recipe Key for any type of website (e.g. Travel, DIY, Fitness, etc).

Can I use recipe key with Gutenburg?

Yes, Recipe Key works with both the Classic and Gutenberg editors.

Can Recipe Key be used with any language?

Yes! Because Recipe Key’s category and tags are 100% customizable, you can use any language.


17 April 2020
I've been using the free version and so far am very happy with it. It's simple to use and looks neat.
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Contributors and Developers

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


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Change Log

v1.1.2 – 7/6/21
– Added Feast Design as committer

v1.1.1 – 3/1/21
– Improvement: Updated Admin Dashboard
– Improvement: Removed RecipeKey logo from sidebar.
– Feature: Added ability for sidebar widget to have a title.
– Fix: Resolved initial activation color settings missing issue.
– Fix: Resolved text wrapping issue for Abbreviate style with long category/tag names.
– Tested and verified on WordPress 5.6.1

v1.1.0 – 12/1/20
– Feature: Added ability to use any Category/Tag Name and Any Display Name. (limited to 4).
– Improvement: Updated CSS enqueue per best practices.
– Improvement: Updated Recipe Key Admin page CSS loading.
– Improvement: Updated file structure.
– Improvement: Updated Recipe Key core statement code with improvements.
– Improvement: Updated Recipe Key instructions in admin dashboard.
– Improvement: Updated Recipe Key front end CSS.
– Fix: Resolved WPColorPicker z-index on Recipe Key Admin page.

v1.0.6 – 8/13/20
– Improvement: Remove ALT tags from icons.
– Improvement: Added aria-label to icons for accessibility.
– Improvement: Added role to icons for accessibility.
– Improvement: Code modifications for optimization.
– Improvement: Updated author name.
– Improvement: Introducing 3 new icons for Premium version (corn free, soy free, Pescetarian).
– Feature: Tested and verified on WordPress 5.5.

v1.0.5 – 5/31/20
– Tweak: Added upgrade process for smoother upgrades in the future.

v1.0.4 – 5/24/20
– Fix: removed a register component that was stoppping new add_options upon activating.

v1.0.3 – 5/24/20
– Fix: Set standard styling as default if no styling has been chosen (null value).

v1.0.2 – 5/12/20
– Fix: First Launch Null Variable Issue Was Resolved (Span/Div).
– Fix: Fixed a CSS issue with icon styling.

v1.0.0 – 5/10/20
Major Recipe Key Plugin Update
– Feature: Added new styles (Standard, Split, Block, Simple).
– Feature: Simple Block uses Abbreviated Name (GF for Gluten Free).
– Feature: Overhauled the Recipe Key Admin Area
– Tweak: Registering and setting variable values upon activation.
– Tweak: Performance tweaks in code.
– Tweak: Added updated photos and video to wordpress page.
– Tweak: Limited Recipe Key free version to 4 options (gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian, low carb).

v0.6.1 – 12/31/19
– Tweak: Modified Admin Page Code
– Tweak: Added additional screenshots to Recipe Key WordPress Page

v0.6.0 – 11/23/19
– Tweak: Rebuilt Recipe Key build statements removing excess bloat.
– Tweak: Changed some CSS so Recipe Key would sit better in various wordpress themes.

v0.5.3 – 4/23/19
– Tweak: CSS to align better on page and with Cooking Key.

v0.5.2 – 4/20/19
– Fix: unidentified variable in code.
– Fix: CSS when displaying Recipe Key.
– Feature: Added integration for a smooth display with Cooking Key Plugin.
– Tweak: Added CSS to integrate with Cooking Key.

v0.5.1 – 4/20/19
– Fix: Admin page check for vegetarian.

v0.5.0 – 4/20/19
– Feature: Recipe Key now works on all WordPress themes.

v0.4.4 – 4/5/19
– Fix: Added conditional statements on Admin Page to find improper slugs of Tags/Categories.

v0.4.1 – 2/25/19
– Fix: An issue with gluten free hyperlink.

v0.4.0 – 2/23/19
– Feature: Changed icons from images to fonts for faster loading, clearer image and additional CSS customization.
– Fix: bugs in admin portal.
– Fix: Sugar Free Icon.
– Fix: High Protein Icon.
– Fix: Organic Icon
– Tested and verified on WordPress 5.1

v0.3.4 – 2/14/19
– Fix: an issue where Vegetarian wasn’t showing up for existing tag in sidebar.
– Fix: a CSS issue in posts on while using mobile.

v0.3.3 – 2/11/19
– Fix: gap in posts when not using recipe.

v0.3.2 – 2/10/19
– Fix: centering of Recipe Key Logo in sidebar when used.

v0.3.1 – 2/8/19
– Tweak: Optimized Images (Thank you TinyPNG).
– Tweak: Made changes to CSS to optimize images.
– Fix: bugs in admin page.

v0.2.8 – 1/30/19
– Tweak: Updated CSS for a smoother look.
– Fix: a bug in the CSS.

v0.2.7 – 1/28/19
– Feature: Added Egg Free functionality.
– Tweak: Changed CSS to streamline

v0.2.5.1 – 1/25/19
– Tweak: updated readme.txt

v0.2.5 – 1/25/19
– Tweak: updated readme.txt

v0.2.4 – 1/24/19
– First public release

v0.2.3 – 1/24/19
– Tweak: Updated plugin per WordPress repositoriy requirements. (e.g. unique function names, namespaces, defines, and classnames).

v0.2.2 – 1/22/19
– Tweak: Added updates to the admin page
– Feature: Added Low Carb functionality.

v0.2.1 – 1/18/19
– Premium Feature: – Added failsafes for disabling feature widget for older Foodie Pro Theme versions below 3.0.
– Premium Tweak: – Added notification to admin page to update to newer version of Foodie Pro if Foodie Pro is under 3.0.

v0.2.0 – 1/11/19
– Tweak: Cleaned up additional unneeded code. Got plugin ready for repository.
– Tweak: Changed CSS and display on admin page

v0.1.9 1/10/19
– Tweak: Updated CSS for the plugin.

v0.1.8 1/9/19
– Feature: Added RecipeKey logo to widget.
– Premium Feature: – Added Enable or disable toggle via checkbox on widget form for RecipeKey logo.
– Tweak: Cleaned up and removed unneeded code.

v0.1.7 – 1/8/19
– Tweak: Updated Recipe Icons, fixed display issues and removed unneeded code.

v0.1.6 – 1/6/19
– Tweak: Recipe Key Admin Page adjustments and updated alt tag for SEO optimization.

v0.1.5 – 1/4/19
– Fix: Added additional conditional to IF statement to allow for dashes between cat/tags.

v0.1.4 – 1/4/19
– Fixed issues where Dashes/Hyphens (-) in tags/categories would break linkage.

v0.1.3 – 1/3/19
– Feature: Build out Recipe Key Admin Page to easier troubleshooting.

v0.1.2 – 1/2/19
– Feature: Changed out how terms are looked up for more of a dynamic flow.

v0.1.1 – 1/1/19
– Premium Feature: – Addition of Foodie Pro Feature Post Widget.

v0.1.0 – 12/29/18
– Recipe Key creation.