If this theme would star in a WordPress related Hollywood production, I’d have the perfect name for the resulting movie: “Done in 60 seconds!”.
Yes, Foodica is that good and it will amaze you how quickly it can help you deploy a fully functional food blog if your branding and content elements are ready for upload.
I think that after seeing it for the first time you will most likely categorize it as a premium theme fit for high end websites, just like I did and that’s no surprise because if you take a closer look at some of the well-established food blogs (Ctrl + U in the browser) you will see that they were actually built on Foodica. WPZOOM has nicely put together a convincing showcase of websites that use their food blogging theme.
Sure, this theme isn’t the only one out there looking “delicious” but what sets Foodica apart is the small amount of effort it requires to deliver a great looking and consistent food blog just like one of Jamie Oliver’s famous 15 minutes recipes.
For this review I’ve taken the testing process to the next level and built a fully functional vegan food blog Vegantina.ro not just the usual test website which I normally use to analyze themes features and capabilities.
While searching the web for the perfect food blogging WordPress theme I had an image on my mind of how the website was supposed to look like and a short list of requirements. I wanted a minimalist design that would complement Vegantina’s branding and which could emphasize the text, visual and video content.
The theme had to be specialized in food blogging, not a heavy multipurpose package, with specific features including shopping cart functionality, customized recipes formatting and ads based monetization options.
Foodica ticked all the boxes on my requirements list but it was the simple and beautiful design that persuaded me into using it for the vegan food blog.
Installation & Documentation
Installing the theme is a breeze and importing the demo content boils down to just a few clicks due to the developer’s efforts to simplify the process and support it with a detailed online documentation. Unlike other documentation packages I’ve had to work with, Foodica’s is rich in visuals, features video tutorials and is very well thought out overall, built to save time by getting things done faster.
And here is another nice touch the developers implemented in the installation process. Right before clicking the Import Demo Content button you are presented with a minimum server requirements table and how your hosting meets them. It helps a lot in avoiding any import errors and gives you a clue to the source of the problems if you choose to ignore the warnings.
If any of the indicators are lower than recommended values, Foodica’s developers WPZOOM, recommend that you get in touch with your hosting provider and ask them to increase your allocated resources accordingly.
Arranging the layout for the main pages according to my requirements proved to be a smooth process as it was the case for customizing the design and branding elements.
The Theme Options panel is very intuitive and easy to navigate offering numerous options for updating elements to fit your vision. From color scheme and homepage layouts to slider options and banner ads settings, everything that you would ever need to build the food blog of your dreams is there and then some.
For example, I loved the seamless integration with MailPoet for newsletter subscribers management and list building. And I was also impressed on how easy it is to start monetizing your blog with Google AdSense banners without affecting the user experience in a negative way.
Foodica is a specialized WordPress theme so the Theme Options panel doesn’t suffer from features overload making both the frontend and backend ultra-responsive, increasing the overall speed of your website.
From the design standpoint I can’t report about any weak spots, because it was Foodica’s design that caught my attention in the first place. And WPZOOM has somehow managed to inter-connect the available options for customizing font settings, color scheme, branding and navigation layout with such attention to detail that you can’t find a bad mix unless you’re trying it on purpose. It’s clean, it’s simple and uses the right amount of white space to emphasize the text content and busy food photography. All while looking pixel-perfect on mobile devices too.
In terms of SEO, WPZOOM’s approach is completely honest and while not offering any out-of-the-box SEO settings they’ve made the theme compatible with the best two free SEO plugins available in the WordPress community: Yoast SEO and All In One SEO Pack.
So go ahead and use one of the dedicated plugins and start optimizing your blog for the major search engines. Personally I’ve chosen Yoast for Vegantina.ro and everything works like a charm including two of my favorite features: the auto-updating sitemap and the options to customize the way content looks when it’s shared on social networks.
Foodica doesn’t lack in monetization options either. To get you started, the layout integrates add banner areas which you can turn on or off from the Theme Options panel and link them to your preferred ads network. I am using Google AdSense for Vegantina.ro and I like the fact that Google displays food related ads according to my blog’s content. Not every time, but most of the times, because it also takes into consideration the user’s browsing history if he’s logged into a Google account.
Another nice feature that you’ll discover when writing articles is the integrated recipes shortcode which makes the ingredients list standout from the rest of the article contributing to that professional feel that I was talking about in the introduction.
Later edit: After installing WooCommerce I came across some shortcomings. Nothing major for an experienced WordPress user but quite frustrating for a rookie. First inconvenient is the lack of advanced typography options discovered when I tried to adjust the line-height of product names in WooCommerce’s shop page.
Which led to the second issue, the lack of a custom CSS field in the Theme Options panel. You can add your own CSS in a dedicated custom.css file accessible from Appearance – Editor but I would have loved a special section in the Theme Options panel for that.
If you want to build a successful food blog that looks professional right from day one, with beautiful and clean design but without the slowdowns caused by unnecessary features specific to some of the multipurpose themes then Foodica is the right WordPress theme for the job.
And if you also plan to monetize your blog through Google AdSense or even WooCommerce then look no further, this theme will fit your needs like a comfortable pair of gloves. Of course you can use it even for non-food related blogs like travel, lifestyle or fashion but food is where it shines and leaves its competition in the dust.