Thinking of starting a food blog?
Don’t let the process intimidate you. It is actually fairly simple!
Better still, it only takes around 15 to 20 minutes out of your day to get started.
All you need to do is:
- Set up a domain name and obtain a host
- Install WordPress
- Start blogging.
Start a Food Blog
You will have your food blog up and running so you can start posting content immediately.
Three things you need to do setup your blog work properly
1) Picking a Domain and Host
First, you have to set up your domain name and find a web hosting provider to host your blog. When you are choosing a domain name, pick something that is fun and unique. Think of it as your brand name. So, while you want a name that uniquely identifies you from other food bloggers and experts, you will also need to choose something that is professional, but not too stuffy or uptight. You may become the next viral sensation, so choose your domain name wisely. This is the name that you may be known by for the rest of your blogging career. If you can’t come up with something right away, try an internet search for ideas. Perhaps an even better resource is friends and family. These people know you well, and since they are looking in from the outside, you may be able to come up with the idea that you have not thought of yet. Come up with a few ideas in case the first one doesn’t work out.
Next, it’s time to set up your domain. Head over to Bluehost and check to make sure the domain name you have in mind isn’t already in use. If someone has already snagged it, go with your second and subsequent choices until something works.
Once you find a domain name that hasn’t already been taken, you can start the process of setting up your blog.
Now it’s time to pick a hosting plan. Bluehost offers three plans, starting as low as $3.49 per month. In most cases, it is best to start with the lowest level plan – the Starter plan.
Once you get going, if you decide you need more features, you can always upgrade. The Starter Pack, as its name suggests, has everything you need to get set up and start posting content so you can reach out to readers. In addition to low monthly fees for hosting packages, Bluehost can also register your domain name for you – this service comes free of charge.
One important note: Remember that it is important to safeguard your privacy. Start out by taking advantage of Bluehost’s Domain Whois Privacy feature to keep your personal information private. This will ensure that you don’t have to rush around trying to pull your name and other personal details off the web later. This feature is only $9.99 per year and can save you a lot of time and trouble later.
2) Installing WordPress
Now that you have your domain name and hosting plan set up, you need to install blogging software on your domain so you can start blogging. The easiest to install and use is WordPress. It is probably the most popular among bloggers. Login to your BlueHost account and find the Website Builders section, then click on the WordPress logo.
On the next page, click the Install button.
Then select the domain name you used to register your web-hosting and click the Check Domain button.
Agree to the terms and conditions and then start the installation.
Once the download is finished, don’t forget to write down your Admin URL, your username, and your password. You can always change these later, but you will need the system default information to log in for the first time.
Once this is complete, type your WordPress Admin URL into your web browser. The login screen will appear, and you can enter your username and password to login to your new blog. Now you can get started!
3) Let’s Get Blogging
Once you are logged into WordPress, you can change your login information to something that is easier to remember. Then you can start decorating your new home on the web. You can change your blog’s theme to a WordPress predesigned theme, which is perhaps the easiest choice since these themes are built into the software you are already using. If you are looking for a premium theme, it will cost you a little more. Again, choose something that reflects your personality and the mission you want to accomplish with your blog. But ensure your theme is professional and something you will be proud of if your blog goes viral.
Once you have chosen your theme, you can start posting content on your blog. You can share your own recipes, commentary, links to other sites, or your own opinions and reviews about food news, restaurants, and current events. You can even just use your blog to share what is going on in your kitchen each day. Many bloggers are posting videos of them cooking or hanging out in the kitchen, and fans are eating these up. Your blog is yours and should fit your individual style. Just remember – if you are using text or pictures that were produced by someone else, it is imperative that you attribute properly to protect yourself and your blog.