So part of the thing that I first wanted to have when I decided to do this blog was the ability to publish my recipes without having to copy/paste HTML into a post. The minimum requirements for the solution were:
- All my recipes are in one section of the site
- Readers have ability to pull down the BeerXML version of the recipe
- Use XSLT for HTML output (minimize changes when decide to change how recipes are displayed)
- Wanted to be able to go straight from my brewing software to the site
I’m a software developer, and I thought, I’ll just build something. I always think that, then immediately think, I’d rather be at the pub. I deal with programming all day, and the last thing that I want to do is come home and deal with it some more. This site was supposed to be about beer, not programming.
Since I had recently switched to BeerSmith which exports to XML, I thought it would be a snap to find some plugin that would allow me to upload recipes straight to the site and be done. I found Ben Belchak’s BeerXML Plugin for WordPress. It almost fit the bill perfectly. So I downloaded it and tinkered until I had what I needed. I’d say it’s about 90% there, so I feel it’s good enough to lift the curtain on it.
So here’s the new Beer Recipes section. Feedback is welcomed on the recipes, formatting, missing features, or whatever.