4 Tools to Help Restaurants Succeed Online

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There are loads of free and low cost tools to help businesses on the internet and yet many smaller restaurants have yet to take full advantage of the digital world. Smaller restaurants have either no web presence at all or their website is a picture of their menu. Even with very little knowledge, you can have a good looking website, menu, business cards, and posters that all match the brand identity of the restaurant.

1. Menu Templates (Print and On-line)

No cash in the budget for hiring a graphic designer? No problem! There are many creative and beautifully styled menus that you can customize to match the colour scheme of your restaurant. Add in your own images of certain dishes or of the restaurant itself, change the fonts to your liking and boom, you’ve got yourself a stunning restaurant menu for free!

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Check out this on-line menu example: http://tympanus.net/Tutorials/AnimatedContentMenu/. However you will need some coding experience to help you customize it.

AND a print template from FreePSDFiles.net, you can download the Photoshop file here.

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2. Icons

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Food and service icons add a flair of professionalism and make your website, posters, and other brand materials. Some good sources for free vectors and images are FontAwesome and FreePSDFiles.net.

3. Website Themes and Templates

A lot of restaurant templates come with on-line reservations, on-line menu layouts, and other useful features built in.

WordPress is our content management system of choice but there are also stylish, easy-to-use restaurant templates for Drupal, Joomla, and others as well.

Here are just a small sample of the some of the amazing website templates the web has to offer:

veteranfood-wordpress-restaurant-theme linofeast-restaurant-responsive-wordpress-theme1terramia-classic-restaurant-wordpress-theme

VeteranFood: http://cubicthemes.com/develop/veteranfood/

LinoFeast: http://themeforest.net/item/linofeast-restaurant-responsive-wordpress-theme/full_screen_preview/4762544?ref=gundoel007

Terramia: http://themeforest.net/item/terramia-classic-restaurant-wordpress-theme/full_screen_preview/5641368

And here are some awesome list of links:

32 Awesome Restaurant Themes (WordPress, PSD & HTML Templates)

55+ Best Responsive Restaurant WordPress Themes

4. On-line Order Systems

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If your website doesn’t have the features you need built in to it, there are always plugins such as Zuppler Online Ordering and EasyWay Online Ordering.

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For more info on internet and technology tools for restaurants visit any of the lists below!

http://www.fsrmagazine.com/kitchen-sink/5-best-practices-using-web-your-restaurants-advantage

http://blog.verifone.com/uncategorized/top-5-tech-tools-for-restaurants/

http://www.seatme.com/blog/5-free-restaurant-marketing-tools-you-should-be-using-right-now/

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