The restaurant industry is notorious for having bad websites. With so many restaurants out there in need of a website, many solutions have been launched specifically to target restaurants. While a restaurant website can be build without the use of one of these platforms, some of the newer options include features that can be useful and even essential for restaurants.
In this post we’ll look at some of the platforms and content management systems that exist specifically for restaurants. As an alternative, there are HTML templates and themes for many CMSs that could be purchased, and a custom design is always an option as well.
Restaurant Engine used the extremely popular WordPress content management system. They host your website and you choose from their available templates. Each site comes with features like an online menu, online reservations, an events calendar, social media integration, photo and video galleries, and more. The templates use a responsive layout, so your site will be ready for users on mobile phones and tablets. Pricing starts at $ 39 per month with a 14-day free trial available.
Happy Tables uses a very customized version of WordPress to power the websites, and many of the features are similar to Restaurant Engine. You’ll choose from their selection of templates, and hosting is included. You can create your menu, add photos, accept reservations and online orders, integrate with social media, and more. All websites on Happy Tables are also optimized for mobile users. The price is $ 39 per month, and a free plan is also available.
Pocket Diner focuses on mobile websites for those who already have a primary desktop version. Pocket Diner mobiles sites have an app-like look and feel. Features include automatic smartphone detection, a CMS that allows for management of menus and other content, custom branding, statistics, social media integration, and more. Pocket Diner also integrates with Livebookings online reservation software so you can take reservations from customers who are on the go. Pricing starts at $ 29 per month and goes up from there depending on the number of locations.
The Webvanta CMS has a solution specifically created for restaurants. Features include hosting, online menu management, blogs, photo management, online ordering, specials and events, optimization for mobile users, social media integration, and more. With their system you can use a pre-made template or pay more for a custom design. Pricing includes a $ 299 setup fee if you’re using a template, and $ 49 monthly (online ordering is additional). Full custom designs start at $ 2,999.
RestaurantConnect! offers many of the features of the options listed above, but they also offer design customization for their customers. In addition, email marketing is included. You can create custom newsletters to match the design of your site, and set up drip campaigns and send email blasts. As a result of these extra features, the pricing starts at $ 89 per month.
Other Options for Restaurant Websites:
The options listed above are only the start. I won’t go into details on all of the options because the features and details of most are rather similar, but if you are looking for a solution for your own restaurant website you can check out these options.
ChompStack (mobile websites)