Hello there! I know you’ve always wanted to have a food blog.
Let me guess what prompted you to be here.
- You love food.
- You love taking photos of food.
- You would love to chronicle those divine morsels you’ve eaten so you’d still have them even when they’re gone.
- And your friends told you that you should start a food blog.
The first three points up there are the reasons why I started this food blog. I needed an outlet where I can store photos of food I’ve eaten and made…. immortalize them and share them with whoever wants to read them.
Ten years ago, I have no idea how to start blogging. It took me days learning how to put up a blog and have it running. It would have been nice to have someone beside me to help me along the way.
If you’ve decided to take the plunge to food blogdom today, then today is your lucky day because I’m gonna share with you a step-by-step guide on how you can start your blog. You’ll have it up and running in 30 minutes and you can start sharing your thoughts, recipes, and cravings with the world.
Get that cup of coffee ready, sit comfortably in your chair,…….. and let’s do this!
Step-By-Step Guide to Starting a Food Blog
- Choose your Domain Name
This is the most exciting part in starting a blog.
If I didn’t know you, I’ll tell you to think about your name and choose carefully. But I’m pretty sure you already have a name in mind for your food blog right now.
If you already have a name, then I suggest you head on to Bluehost and enter your domain to see if it is still available. (Crossing my fingers it still is!)
2. Choose Your Hosting Provider
If you already have a domain name, you’ll need a host for it. A host is like a renting space where you can display your blog. You must choose a trustworthy hosting provider to make sure your blog is always up and running. Your host will affect your blog’s speed and accessibility at all times.
I recommend Bluehost because it provides premium customer service, reliability and usability plus expert, in-house technical support provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Aside from that they have great rates and will give your your domain FREE FOR ONE YEAR when you decide to host with them.
Time to select your plan. I recommend the Starter Plan. It has the cheapest rate but you’ll need to pay a lump sum instead of monthly. This will save you quite a bit of cash if you think about it.
If the upfront cost of 36 months is too much for you, you can also choose a 24-month or a 12-month option.
Enter your billing information, agree to the service agreements, and then click “next.”
Congratulations! You now have a domain name and a Bluehost hosting account.
3. Installing WordPress
Now that you’re done with registration, you’ll need to install WordPress. Bluehost made it so easy to use and navigate.
First thing you have to do after logging in to your Bluehost account is to go to the Website Builders section and click on the WordPress logo.
This will open the installation window. Click on the green “Start” button that will start the WordPress installation process, which has a few easy steps.
Click the “Check Domain” button.
Show Advanced Options. This section allows you to set up your own username and password for your WordPress install.
After you’ve read the terms and conditions, check the box indicating that you’ve done so, then click “Install Now.”
Now you’ll see the progress page, which will show you how far along the installation is. Once WordPress is fully installed, it will provide you with your site URL, the admin login URL, your username, and password. You will get a copy of this information, except your password, in your email as well. Make sure to keep it in a safe place.
Type your Admin 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.
Weeee! Congratulations! You are now officially logged in to your blog! You must be stoked!
4. Getting Started on Your Blog
It’s now to time to design your blog and make it pretty! You can choose from all the free WordPress themes here.
Now go out, conquer the food blogging world and then share all your gorgeous food photos and blog away!
Welcome to the Blogosphere!