Let me guess. You love to cook. You love reading food blogs.
You have them bookmarked in your web browser (you might even have them organized by category – you know who you are).
You have awesome recipes that you know others would love to make.
Don’t wait. Today is your day to start a food blog!
Put things on hold for the next 15 minutes. Just fifteen minutes! Follow the three steps below and you’ll be up and running with an awesome food blog today. Let’s go!
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Bonus! If you end up purchasing your domain name and hosting after clicking on one of the “Bluehost” links below we’d like to say thanks by giving you a free one month membership ($25) to Food Blogger Pro. Food Blogger Pro is a video training site that covers everything from the basics of using WordPress to tips for taking awesome food photos. All you have to do is forward your receipt confirming the purchase to email@example.com with the subject “Starting my Food Blog.”
How to Start a Food Blog
The Three Steps to Food Blogdom:
1) Domain Name and Hosting
This part is fun! What do you want your domain name to be? Mine is http://pinchofyum.com. Brainstorm as many different ideas as possible. Once you have thought of some possibilities head to Bluehost to see if your domain name is available by entering it in the box that looks like this:
You’ll also need to host your domain name. Hosting is like renting space on the web to display your blog. Bluehost has great rates and gives you your domain name for free if you decide to host with them. I love a good deal! Below is a screenshot of what I use for package information settings. The Domain Whois Privacy shields your personal address and phone number from being displayed to the public.
Note: You can host your blog for free at wordpress.com, but the URL with a free account will have a “wordpress” tag on the end (i.e. http://pinchofyum.wordpress.com).
2) Installing WordPress
Once you’ve completed registration with Bluehost you’ll need to go through the process of installing WordPress. WordPress is an easy to use blogging software. It’s the software that I use for pinchofyum.com. The best part is that it’s SUPER easy to use and it’s also super easy to install on your website. Here’s how!
Login to Bluehost and scroll down to the Software/Services section of the first page. Click on WordPress logo.
On the next page click the option to “Install a brand new version”.
Here is what your installation preferences should look like:
Click complete. If you get the warning below click “Overwrite Existing Files.”
Once you get the “Installation Complete” you’ll want to make note of the Login URL, Username, and Password. You can change these later but you’ll need them for your first time logging in.
Type your Login URL into your web browser. You’ll see a login screen like the one below. Enter your Username and Password you copied down from the previous step.
3) Making it Pretty
At this point, you officially have your own food blog! Wahooooo! How does it feel? Welcome to the blogosphere, my friend! You’re minutes away from sharing your famous double-chocolate-marshmallow-reeses cookie recipe with the world (and when you do, be sure to send me the recipe). Before you jump into the kitchen there are a few things you can do to beautify your blog. It’s time to pick your theme!
WordPress has tons of free WordPress themes to pick from. You can scan through the options here.
If you’re looking for a premium theme, check out these options.
- The Thesis Theme – This was the first theme that we used with Pinch of Yum. We loved it and still highly recommend it.
- The Genesis Framework – This is the current framework we’re using with Pinch of Yum. You’ll also want to look into the available StudioPress Themes after you install the main framework (or check out Shay’s Genesis Child Theme below).
- The Foodie Theme – This is a Genesis Child theme designed by Shay Bocks, the same designer that did the custom Pinch of Yum design. If you purchase the Genesis Framework you’ll probably want a child theme to give your site some personality. Shay’s Foodie Theme is a great place to start for food bloggers that want to have a blog that has a foodie feel without the cost that comes with a fully customized design.
- Elegant Themes – I think Elegant Themes does a great job and has quite a few different options. It’s also a bit cheaper then the other premium themes listed here. Take a look and see what you think.
3b) Optional Step – Let me know!
Also, be sure to check out my resources for food bloggers page to get an inside look on the other services and products I use with Pinch of Yum.