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The first thing you need to do to start a food blog is of course, think of a name for your soon-to-be amazing food blog. Best idea? Jot down a lot of ideas for a name and have a mission statement/tag line and that will help guide you. I went with Jessica in the Kitchen because I wanted to share a wide category of food, and my tag line helps to keep a focus on delicious, healthy foods.
Now that you’ve got a great name, it’s time to buy it and host it on a site. Bluehost is an excellent option for both new and experienced food bloggers, and you get your domain name free with your hosting plan! I’ve laid out a bluehost step by step guide below.
BlueHost is affordable, reliable, easy to set up and has great 24/7 customer service. Their start pack is only $3.95/month and includes a free domain name!
P.S. you can get this rate by clicking through any of my links to Bluehost. No promo code needed!
Here’s how to start:
First, you’re going to want to choose your plan. I would recommend the Starter plan which is great to get started and the least expensive.
Next, you’ll need to host your domain, which is basically like a fee for your space on the internet to show your blog. Remember you get your domain name for free with Bluehost so it’s a win win.
I recommend Domain Whois Privacy since it hides your personal information such as your address and phone number from being displayed to the public. I made the mistake at first not to choose this option, and I would definitely go back and do it.
Next you just need to enter your billing information and you’ve completed registration! Now you can continue to setting installing WordPress. You’re almost there!
Hit “Start” for a brand new install.
Hit the “Check Domain” button.
Double check your information, check the terms and conditions box and then hit the “Install Now” button.
After the below step, you’ll receive a message that says “Your install is complete!”. Remember to click on the “View Credentials” button and write down your Admin URL, Username, and Password.
Lastly, type your Admin URL into your web browser to log into WordPress. Enter your Username and Password and Log In. You can change these details at a later dater if you desire.
And…you’ve logged in! Congrats! You have a website and WordPress!
Installing a WordPress theme will probably be the most fun part of all of this. Your theme can make the difference between how beautiful your blog is, and how efficient it runs. You’ll want a theme that’s responsive, will make your blog super fast and reliable, and still be really user friendly. Here are the themes that I recommend:
I have been through so many themes and spent so much money until I found the Genesis Framework. Like, whoa! Where was this my entire life? I recommend this theme 100%. Never before have I had so much customisation, and it help to boost your blog’s SEO traffic (more on that later). Genesis is a parent theme, and you can use it alone and customise your blog any way you want, or you can choose a child theme (think of a parent folder on your laptop and a folder within it) which tends to be already customised, but able to use everything from the Genesis Framework. This is what I did, and I went with the Foodie Theme by Shay Bocks.
I wanted to link to some really important food blog resources that you can install on your blog (such as plugins) or tools to optimise how you use your blog.
If you have any more questions you can just leave them below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!