Adding a fully-functioning online order form to a restaurant website takes a lot of work. It’s often easier to upload a nice PDF menu or refer customers to a third-party service instead. However, a PDF menu forces customers to call in for orders, and third-party services tack on fees and raise prices, both of which may lead to fewer sales.
As a developer, you want to provide your clients with the best possible results so they feel their investment in your services was worth it. Using the Five Star Restaurant Menus plugin can enable your clients’ customers to place orders online while minimizing the time and effort required from you.
In this article, we’ll discuss the advantages of setting up an online ordering system on your client sites. Then we’ll walk you through the steps to install Five Star Restaurant Menus, create your menu, and deliver a top-notch online ordering experience for your clients and their customers. Let’s jump in!
Why restaurant websites need online order forms (and why you should provide them)
Especially in the wake of COVID-19, online ordering from restaurants has become a popular practice. Customers can easily place their orders and pay for them from their smartphones, then pick them up for a fast (and safe) experience.
Without an online ordering system, restaurants often turn to popular alternatives such as Grubhub or DoorDash. However, these third-party services can be costly, especially for small businesses. They also pass extra charges on to customers, which may discourage them from ordering.
On top of that, if a customer has a problem with their delivery, they may have to resolve it with the third-party ordering service. There’s no guarantee that they’ll receive quality service, or if the issue will be resolved satisfactorily, which can reflect badly on the restaurant.
Another option is to simply include a PDF menu on the restaurant website. This requires customers to call in to place their orders rather than doing so through the website. At a minimum, the extra step is an inconvenience. At worst, it may also result in lost sales.
Perhaps most compelling of all to offer online order forms to your clients is that 38 percent of surveyed restaurant professionals say they would prefer to have their own ordering system. That’s a decent market you can tap into as a web developer.
How to create a restaurant online order form with WordPress (in 5 steps)
Rather than spending hours hand-coding an online ordering system, you can invest in the Five Star Restaurant Menus plugin to save yourself some time. Implementing it on your client sites takes just five simple steps.
It’s important to note that you’ll need the premium version of Five Star Restaurant Menus to enable on-site payments. This is a fairly affordable solution, currently priced at under $50 for a lifetime license.
Without the upgrade, customers can place and track orders online, but they’ll have to pay when they pick up (or accept the delivery
This article was written by Will Morris and originally published on ManageWP.