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What makes you different from other recipe websites?
What's the story behind the name?
Does numnums work in Canada?
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How can I build my own recipe website?
You will need to subscribe to one of our small business plans. Contact us to get started!
Your recipe form looks different from others that I've seen. What gives?
We didn't want to build a form with a gazillion fields since filling that out would be time-consuming. We built the recipe forms to make it as fast as possible to draft recipes, so all you need at minimum is a recipe name and ingredients. Add each ingredient on a new line. If you want to add quantities or notes, separate the ingredient name, unit of measure, and notes with commas. All 3 ways below would work.
onions, 1 cup, chopped
onions, 1 cup
The syntax for steps is similar. Just press return to separate the different steps, as in
then do that
put it in the oven
Then click on preview and you'll see your recipe magically ported into the numnums template. You can add ingredients to your shopping list from there.
Can everyone see my recipes?
Whenever you add a new recipe, its default status is set to "draft," so only you will be able to see it at this time. When you're ready to share it out, set the status to "published." This will allow anyone with the link to see it. It will also show up in numnums search results. If you want to keep your recipe hidden, simply keep it in "draft" status or set it to "private."
Who can access my website?
You have the option of configuring your microsite as public or private. Public microsites welcome everyone who comes your way, while private microsites are only accessible by designated visitors, contributors, or administrators. Simply specify your preference when filling out your new client survey. Moreover, if you would like public access to your website without giving away the ability to create PDF cookbooks, you can do that as well. Just let us know!
What do the different recipe statuses mean?
Draft: I'm still working on this recipe; let's not share it just yet.
Published: It's finalized! It's ready for the public.
The two above statuses are available to all users; however, the following four are exclusive to microsite contributors.
Private: This recipe holds something secret. It's for my eyes only.
Submitted: I don't want the public to view it just yet, but lets allow my fellow contributors to take a look.
Proofread: It's almost ready! This recipe has been thoroughly reviewed and relieved of errors.
Archived: I don't want to display this one, but I don't want to delete it either. Let's keep this one on the backburner.
Where can you view all these soon to be published masterpieces? Check out the publish queue, where all your pending recipes lie. This is an easy way to keep track of what's in the works.
Do I need specific print settings when printing individual recipes via print preview?
Because all browsers work differently, yes. Our team has tested on both Mac and PC. On Mac we have tested Chrome, Firefox, and Sarafi. On PC, we tested Chrome and Firefox. When using Chrome, check the print settings and make sure that background graphics are printed. On Firefox, be sure to include background images and background colors through its print console (by navigating to "Print" via the Firefox menu).
What is folio.numnums.com?
http://folio.numnums.com is a microsite we developed to highlight and promote the culinary profiles of our users.
Where do I send people to see my profile?
Once you create an account, your dedicated space on folio.numnums.com will be http://folio.numnums.com/[your user name].
Can I simply post food photos?
Yes. While we built our recipe form to capture a lot of information, feel free to fill out as much or as little detail as you like. For food photos, we do recommend typing in a title at minimum, just so that visitors can understand what they're seeing.
Do I need to fill out each and every field for my profile?
No. Fill out as much or as little as you wish. Folio will only display the profile attributes you have entered and want to share.
Why do I need an account?
When you mark a recipe as a favorite or add ingredients to your shopping list, we just need a simple way to know which favorites and items are linked to you.
Why do I have to fill out a captcha during registration?
Do I need to create a new numnums account for each microsite?
From where do you get your featured recipes? Did you invent them all?
We are avid food publication readers, so most of our featured recipes actually come from books and magazines. Some recipes also come from family, friends, and cooking shows. We've rewritten the recipes to work with the cookware we have and the ingredients that we have available to us. Our team has only "invented" a handful of them.
How do you determine which recipes to feature?
If we've made the recipe and it turned out awesome, we add it to our featured recipe collection to help spread the word and to make it as easy as possible for others to recreate them. :)
Who shot your food photos?
What do the colored dots in the recipes mean?
The dots are there to help you easily determine which ingredients go into which step. In the example below, ingredients with a red dot go into step 3, and green into in step 4. Ingredients used in several steps, such as the garlic and tomatillos, are represented by a partitioned dot, with the colors of the earlier step on top. Notice that step one does not use any ingredients; thus, it is represented by a grey dot.
This display does in fact transition over to our print preview; partitioned dots are separated for extra clarity.
How are the diets defined in your featured recipes?
We determine the type of diet the recipe supports based on the ingredients contained in it. Our four base diets include the following.
vegan - veggies only
vegetarian - veggies and dairy
pescatarian - seafood, veggies, and dairy
omnivore - meat plus all of the above
We've also started building microsites for specific diets and health needs, such as http://paleo.numnums.com/recipes and http://diabetic-living.numnums.com. Interested in a microsite of your own? Let us know!
For both our featured recipes and microsites, our diet assignment is a manual process, so please let us know if we've made a mistake. It is never our intent to misrepresent. :)