Dear food lover,
Thanks for stopping by. I am glad you are here.
Do you love to cook?
Do your friends and family rave about your cooking and ask you to share your recipes?
If all of the above is true, my friend, it is time to start your food blog.
It is okay if you don’t know how to get started.
I was clueless too when I started my blog – I had no idea where to begin, and I wasted a lot of time on pretty simple things.
But you don’t have to because, in the coming weeks, I will share with you every resource and tool, I have used to set up my blog.
But for now, let’s get started with the first big step in getting your blog up and running.
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Start your blog in 4 easy steps.
- Finalize a name for your blog and do a quick search on Google or GoDaddy to see if the domain name is available. Also, check Knowem to see if the username is available on social networks.
- Register your domain name and find a web host – I have my two blogs hosted and registered with Hostgator, so that’s who I will recommend. Go with their cheapest plan which starts at $3.95. Two more things –
- Go with the yearly plan, it will save you a decent chunk of money.
- Sign up for domain privacy – this will prevent your personal information from being displayed to the public when someone does a whois lookup.
- Install WordPress – WordPress is a website creation tool that you will need to set up your blog. There are other tools available as well but WordPress is more commonly used. To install WordPress, go to the cPanel or Hostgator control panel and select Get started with WordPress today You will be redirected to the Install page. Select Install WordPress. You will be asked to provide a few details. Fill them in with and click on Install WordPress. See the screenshot below for an example – When the installation is complete, you will get a confirmation message with a view credentials link. Click on the “View Credentials” pull down menu and note down your admin URL, username, and password. Use it to log in to your WordPress account. Cheers! You are done. Before you celebrate, make sure to change the password. If you prefer video instructions, here’s the link to a youtube video by Hostgator walking through the WordPress installation.
4. Install themes – Now the fun part – choosing a theme to make your blog pretty. A theme is used to modify the way your site looks. There are tons of free options available within WordPress but I wanted something that I could customize easily. There are two themes that I would recommend, and they are perfect for food blogs.
- Brunch Pro theme – My current theme.
- FoodiePro which I also loved and used before I moved to BrunchPro.
For both these themes to work, you will need to buy Genesis Framework as well. The reason I can change themes is because I bought the entire suite of themes from StudioPress.com for a one-time cost when they had offered it up for sale.
Congratulations! Your blog is up and running now and you can go ahead and write your first post.
And before I sign off, check out this free eBook – 10 Mistakes that Bloggers make and how to fix them.