2 years from now I didn’t know anything about blogging. But I’m so glad I started a blog despite the odds. It was one of the best decisions in my life. I was able to
- connect with so many awesome vegans and non-vegans, bloggers and non-bloggers,
- create a place to share my recipes with others &
- improve my writing, photography, social and cooking skills.
So if you are already thinking about starting a blog – why would you wait?
Start your blog today – it will only take a few minutes! And to make it easier for you, I’ve compiled all the necessary steps in this post.
How to start a food blog in three simple steps:
- Domain & Webhosting
- Installing WordPress
- Choosing a theme
1. Domain & Webhosting
First things first! You need an unique name for your blog. To see it your desired name for a blog is a good fit, you should check if it’s still available. This is important, because you want your own distinguishable web address. I’d highly suggest taking a .com web address because it’s the most common for blogs and sites in general. You can test your own idea for a name in the box below:
Once you’ve found a suitable web address for your new blog, you have to decide for a hosting company.
There are tons of great hosting companies out there like Arvixe, InMotion Hosting, Dreamhost, HostGator, GoDaddy and so on. Personally, I can recommend you Bluehost. I’m using it myself, because it’s cheap, it offers one-click installs (for WordPress or other platforms), it comes with a free domain and I’ve been happy with it so far.
So if you should decide to go with Bluehost, the next step would be to choose your pricing option: I’d recommend the starter option because it’s includes everything that you need in the beginning: the webhosting and a domain.
Fill out your account & payment details and choose the package details: Check that the right account plan is selected (the one for 3.95$ per month!). I’d recommend opting for the domain privacy protection as well because this will protect your address and phone number from being displayed to the public.
2. Installing WordPress
Once you’ve completed the registration with Bluehost, log in into your Bluehost account to install WordPress.
WordPress it the most popular blogging system and super intuitive to work with! It will easily allow you to add posts, photos, videos without any hassle. WordPress is free and always will be.
Click on Install WordPress in the section website. (This button can be found in your hosting dashboard in the home tab)
Click install -> check if the right domain is selected -> show the advanced options and enter your blog title and an admin username and password that you can remember, but is strong. Then read or at least mark that you’ve read the terms and conditions and click install. It will now automatically install WordPress for you! Easy!
Once the installation is complete, click on View Credentials.
Here you’ll see your website address (URL) and the Admin URL which you need to log into your wordpress backend. Copy the Admin URL into your browser (and bookmark it!) to log into your wordpress.
3. Choosing a theme
Log into your wordpress backend and you’ll find in the sidebar left Appearance – here you can change the themes and customize it even more! Now you can adapt the wordpress site to your liking.
There are tons of free themes that you can choose from. I’ve had the Blaskan theme in the beginning and was really happy with it. It is a free one, however it’s not specialised for a food blog, missing some nice features such as a recipe index!
But if you want to get serious into blogging it’s worth getting a premium theme.
Awesome food blog themes I can recommend:
- Lazy Cat Themes (Fika and Kaleidoscope) – They are both beautifully designed, come with an hour video tutorial and are specifically made for food blogs.
- Foodie Pro – This is the one I’m currently using.
It is beautifully designed, has a clean layout, has dedicated ad spaces, a feature to easily create a recipe index, it’s easily customizable, the theme has an excellent support (they’ve answered all my questions super fast!),… It’s made especially for food blogs and I’m very happy with it.
Congratulations! You are now the proud owner of your own web address, web hosting, you have WordPress installed and chosen a theme. You’re ready to blog and share your delicious creations with the world! I hope my instructions helped, if you have any questions let me know in the comments – I’d love to help as good as I can. Also let me know in the comments if you’ve made your own blog using these instructions, I’d love to check it out! :)