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How to Make a Food Ordering Website

If you run a home-based food business, then you may be interested in selling your culinary delights to people for pickup, delivery, or even shipping your food to people across your state or country. Having a website with a menu and an easy way to order will help you sell more of your food, so that you can turn a better profit.

As a home-based food entrepreneur, you want to look as professional as possible, and a food ordering system or food ordering app is a great way to do that.

So, do you want to know how to make a food ordering website? To start with, you will need to decide on the kind of website you want. Do you want to work with an app that does the work for you? Do you need to integrate your ordering system into your website? Which payment processor will you use? These are all important questions to ask before selecting the right food ordering website option for your business.

All food ordering websites are a little different. Some will allow you to use QR codes for contactless payment or ordering. Others will be integrated with your website to require a credit card to check out. You should look for a program that best aligns with the payments that customers in your area are used to using, as well as one that makes running your business easier for you. Typically this means accepting credit cards and wallet payments (like Apple Pay or Google Pay) through one single payment processor.

You also want to find a food ordering tool that won’t charge you too much. Some of these programs charge up front for website creation, but most will charge a per-transaction fee based on how much your customers spend.

Finally, look for a food ordering tool that will be in sync with your business. The last thing you want is one that sends you an order after you’ve closed or long after it was placed. Streamline your operations by using an ecommerce food platform that brings all of your order, customer, and marketing information to one location.

Food Ordering Website Template

Food artisans can find food order website templates all over the internet. One popular tool, the WordPress food ordering plugin, allows you to build your menu directly onto your website and to make it interactive, so that customers can add items to their cart and check out for an easily placed order. On the other hand, you’ll need to find a professional-looking WordPress template or code your own to use WordPress.

Square also has online ordering systems to help you charge for your artisan dishes. Square allows you to create an online ordering page on their site, so that you can allow customers to order for pickup or shipping.

Castiron's free online store and website creation tools for cottage cooks are one excellent option. This food ordering website template is completely free to use, only charging a small transaction fee when your customers place an order. The fee is paid at checkout, so you never have to worry about collecting extra fees or calculating them on the fly.

The best online ordering system for you will depend on your goals and how comfortable you feel with any of these services, but all of them give you the option to sell your dishes to your customers easily and with minimal expenses. In fact, the majority of artisan ordering websites can be built for free. Some have small transaction fees to cover the expenses related to running and developing the tools.

How to Create an Online Ordering System

Wondering how to create an online ordering system? There are three main options. The first is to use an online ordering system open source option, like a website builder or online ordering app. A food ordering website project may allow you to use WordPress or another website builder to have your own personal ordering system. A third party system, on the other hand, will use apps that combine with your POS system or a company like Uber Eats or Door Dash.

What you need to do is to determine how much time and effort you want to put into your ordering system. It’s very simple to create your menu and add it to an online ordering app like Castiron. It’s a little more complex to add an online ordering system to your POS system, but it’s possible to do so.

The most complex way to set up your own ordering system is to make your own website and to integrate your ordering system and menu. You can hire someone to do this for you or download a WordPress template that already has an ordering system designed into it.

As a home-based food entrepreneur, you want to look as professional as possible for customers. A food ordering website or app is a great way to do that.

Heather Brookshire

The Cake Whisperer


My business would not be the same without my Castiron website! It is an easy setup with lots of customization and tons of support! I am so glad I set up my shop last year before the holidays — it really helped increase my sales!

Amanda McMonigle

The Whimsical Cookie


Castiron provides me a professional site to my customers increasing my credibility and value while giving me the tools to effectively market and manage my business in an easy, user-friendly manner.

Kim Sims

Wesley's Treats Hallie's Sweets


Castiron has made my cottage bakery shine, and my business easy to manage. As a platform they care about my business as much as I do.

Katie Maschoff

Mill City Cooking Company


Before Castiron, I was taking orders really manually, through emails or texts or Facebook. Now I can send customers straight to my website, and I don’t have to worry about missing any details.

Daniella Smith

Oso Good Clean Eats


I couldn't run my business without the Castiron platform. It made it so easy to get my shop up and running — it truly removed a massive barrier to me getting started!

Ali Serpe

Kultured Kombucha


I realized that the barrier of having to DM or text me to order was holding a lot of potential customers back.

Now that I have a professional website and a simple ecommerce checkout, I'm seeing a huge increase in new customers and they appreciate how easy Castiron makes ordering.

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