My dad loves creating recipes, and altering and improving existing recipes, until they’ve got his own twist to them. He’s had them saved on Google Docs for a long time for easy access, and easy sharing. A while back, I’d asked him if he’d ever thought of creating a website to share them easier, and to let people browse them rather than requesting specific recipes, and he said he’d thought about it, but hadn’t gotten around to it.
Voila, a gift idea! By the way, have you ever tried to figure out how to “wrap” a website for somebody to open on Christmas morning? It’s pretty hard to do! I ended up creating a booklet with the log in information for the web hosting (12 months), WordPress site, etc, as well as some business cards with the website URL.
After bouncing around a few ideas for the URL, I settled on JimsRecipes.com. Other ideas had been JimsRecipeBox and JimsCookbook, but the general consensus was shorter was better. It’s still a bit of a work in progress, and will be ever-growing as more recipes are added or altered – Dad’s got a lot of recipes! For now, I settled on the “Foodie Pro” theme from StudioPress for layout since it seemed the most recipe-friendly, and even allows you to set up a page to search recipes by category or by name.
I’m pretty happy with how it’s turned out so far, and I’m looking forward to continuing to add to it as time goes on.