Are you ready to build a site for your restaurant? One of the first things hungry people do these days is search for local places to eat. Maybe it’s to check when you’re open, find your address, or see if your menu has something they want. Websites are also great places to promote specials, events, and seasonal items. If you haven’t created a website yet, you are missing this opportunity to gain new customers or bring back locals. In this guide, we will go over the main considerations and steps for getting your restaurant website up and running.
Choosing a Restaurant Inspiration
The first step is choosing an Inspiration that is perfect for your business. Follow these steps to view and choose from the selection of pre-built sites.
- Log into your Admin Dashboard.
- Click Inspirations in the navigation menu.
- Select the Restaurant option under Category Filter.
- Preview and select a theme.
Note: If you want to include a Menu, Specials and Info page choose the Five Page option. If you also want Reviews, Press, Events, and Gallery pages select Kitchen Sink.
Your site is now up and running. It’s time to customize it for your Restaurant.
Customizing Your Site
The Customize option in your Admin Dashboard includes most of the tools you will need to make the site yours.
- Changing Your Site Title
- Changing the Color Palettes
- How to Edit Pages
- Changing your Background
- Adding Pages
- Changing Themes
Take Orders from Your Site
Taking orders directly on your website can free up employee time and reduce incorrect orders by removing the human element. Your site does not include the ability to take orders but you can add this ability with a WordPress plugin. There are quite a few available so we recommend testing them to ensure they meet your site’s needs. Click the following link to view the options.
You can also use 3rd party plugin for adding the ability to take reservations right from your website. This can save time and resources by letting potential customers view available time slots and reserve them on their own. The link below will let you see available plugins for taking restaurant reservations.
Search Engine Optimization
Your site includes the BoldGrid Easy SEO plugin to ensure it displays on search engines accurately using SEO best-practices. Optimizing your website for search engines is very important since it’s what will drive online traffic to you. This ensures it’s crawled and served up in search engine result pages (SERPs) by Google, Bing, etc. The following guides will help you get your site going.