I’m so excited to have collaborated on my first WordPress plugin. I worked with SAI Digital developer Richard Royal to create a plugin that allows restaurants to easily manage their menus online, without the need for website visitors to download PDFs. The idea came about after we were looking for a place to eat online, and every menu from every website we visited was a PDF.
The Easy Restaurant Menu Manager WordPress plugin lets a site owner:
- Put items into categories like appetizers, entrees or desserts — name them whatever you want — and set the order those categories should display in
- Include a description for each item, and decide whether or not you want to display the price
- Add CSS right from the plugin, without fiddling with theme files
- Attach pictures to each menu item
- Choose single-column or two-column layouts
- Add icons to dishes to show that an item is spicy, vegetarian, a speciality, etc. — even upload your own icons
- Create multiple menus
- Include a “print this menu” link that creates a print-friendly version of your menu
I did most of the planning for features and functions, and created the flexible HTML and CSS output for the plugin. Richard actually built the thing and made it work in WordPress.
The free version of the plugin was added to the WordPress.org plugin directory on Monday; since then, it has been downloaded about 150 times. We’ve also sold several of the $25 extended version on our SAI Labs website.
Can’t wait to work on the next one!