Wine and Dine Your Visitors with WordPress.com

New Tools for Restaurateurs

Between starting the demi-glace and getting the case of chickens out of the walk-in for stock, the last thing we think you should be worrying about as a restaurateur is whether the guests showing up to your soft-open can actually find your phone number and location on your web site. Can phones do Flash yet? How long has that osso bucco been braising? We think the latter is probably a much better thing to take up your time, so we put together a few key tools to help get your mind off your website and where it belongs – on the food.

Introducing Confit

When looking at common restaurant site problems, one of the first issues that sprang to mind was how often broken animations, inaccessible information and bloated PDFs are foisted upon us when using our smartphones, when all we really need is a phone number and tappable address.

When designing Confit, a brand-new WordPress.com theme, we started with the mobile experience and expanded thoughtfully outward to larger content views like tablets and conventional web browsers which allowed us to focus on a seamless experience for all of your site’s visitors, no matter what device they’re on. No fuss, no muss.

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The next couple areas where we felt restaurant sites could use some help were mobile-accessible contact details and easy OpenTable reservations, both of which we’ve tackled by creating custom widgets.

The Contact Info widget includes an address field that automagically embeds a Google map, phone numbers that include tap-to-call for mobile users and your hours, right alongside your content in a conveniently simple sidebar.

If you are an OpenTable customer, just copy and paste your embed code from the Restaurant Center to embed a simple reservations widget right in your sidebar.

Focus on the Food

One thing we knew we couldn’t sacrifice in the name of accessibility was gorgeous photography, so we chose to feature it front and center with support for background images that scale up to even the highest of resolutions for hi-dpi displays to showcase those top-quality photos of your gastronomic creations. Each page can even have its own background photo if you’d like.

We think we’ve chosen some lovely typography to represent the humanity in the act of cooking food for others, but should you wish to change your fonts and colors, by all means check out our custom design upgrade.

Another first for WordPress.com users is the ability to manage your menu (not the website’s navigation, we mean your actual food menu) right within your Dashboard. Add as many food menus as you’d like and arrange your items into sections quickly and easily. You can even edit each menu item and add a featured image to display.

Already have your menu set up by a designer in a PDF? No problem, we’re ready for that, too. Simply upload your PDF and tell us which page you’d like to show the menu on, and you’re good to go.

Find out more about how to get your restaurant started with WordPress.com on the restaurants page, or check out the Confit demo site.


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  1. sstern

    Beautiful. Is the theme available on wordpress.org?

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    • Kevin Conboy

      Thanks! We are definitely planning on submitting Confit to the WordPress.org theme repository, but we unfortunately don’t have a target date for that yet.

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  2. Egill

    Reblogged this on Egill and commented:

    Yet another great release from my brilliant coworkers :)

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  3. Derek Springer

    Reblogged this on 12-inch pianist and commented:

    I’m not gonna lie: this might be one of the greatest product launches of all time. But where’s the option to turn everything into a static .jpg?

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  4. Kevin Conboy

    Reblogged this on alternatekev and commented:

    I helped make this!

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  5. Joey Kudish

    Reblogged this on Joey Kudish and commented:

    Looking forward to WordPress.com hosting some restaurant websites, with the launch of our newest theme aimed specifically at restaurant websites. Check it out.

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  6. Moco Scribe

    | love this, are all the widgets available for other themes as well or just this one?

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  7. prosemachine

    Kevin, this is great! The Automattic team who worked on this did an excellent job creating a product that appeals to both the consumer and restaurant staff. The typography and interface are both elegant and appear to maximize website functionality.

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  8. Lloyd Dewolf

    Fantastic! I’ve not stopped from trying restaurants 100s of times by the lack of Adobe Flash on my mobile phone or not being to find out if a restaurant is open (Sunday, Monday).

    I wonder if the address and map example (zoom) of 1 Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California, 94129 may not be ideal, because it does not show cross-streets or landmarks and the pin is not clickable for directions to/from.

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  9. Ross Simon

    Where do I go to do a tutorial on how WordPress.com and doing blogs work. Example: Is there any way I can copy and paste a Microsoft Word Document from my computer into a blog; if so how?

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  10. cherribr

    So, someone realizes what confit is, correct? I don’t see a connection between what confit is and this site.

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  11. myfahionesshoes

    Reblogged this on myfahionesshoes and commented:
    Life is fashion.

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  12. iuvetravel

    Nice, but do you intend also a theme for travel related businesses? And it will be for free?

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  13. manuela

    Reblogged this on formaggino.

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  14. Farah Ng @ Broken Penguins

    I hate Flash restaurant pages. Sometimes I just need to find a map or address on my phone because I’m meeting a friend. I hope this starts a trend for restaurants.

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  15. annaohanyan

    Reblogged this on annaohanyan.

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  16. annaohanyan

    Reblogged this on annaohanyan.

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  17. charleschuckberry

    One of my favorite past times, is going to a nice restaurants with music and a large menu to choose from. Nice post.

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  18. wecodedoit

    Reblogged this on We Code Do IT Now!.

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  19. dedy1981

    Reblogged this on dedy1981's Blog.

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  20. nicolleswain

    Reblogged this on Nicole Swain, Be Happy :).

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  21. saraasela

    Reblogged this on saraasela and commented:
    I like

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  22. Orit.Sha

    A real good one! Many thanks for your efforts.

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  23. cookeditforyou

    Reblogged this on baked it for you and commented:
    Wine and Dine

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  24. Carmela

    Beautiful … Theme Thans ;)

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  25. nastarte

    Nice theme.. I like it!

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  26. myankit

    So great.

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