I’m sharing these tips just in case you’d like to start a blog of your own. I know when I first thought about starting a blog, I was pretty intimidated by all the tech lingo & steps. If I can do it, so can you! Full disclosure: some of these links do have an affiliate code and I do make a little something if you sign up through them – thank you for your support! My priority though is to share information with you so you can take a shortcut or get inspired to start a food blog. You can also make a page like this to help others in the future. Pay it forward. 🙂
In a nutshell, you will learn how to setup a blog through these simple steps on here:
1. HOW TO GET YOUR OWN DOMAIN AND HOST IT
After doing a bit of research and reading in various reviews, the best option for a food blog was Bluehost. They work well with what I needed: compatible with Word Press and offer manual customization if needed. I am very happy with them thus far because they’ve really made my setup process easy and they have super helpful customer services!
2. Choose a domain type, then register your domain per instructions below.
Tips: choosing a domain name can be hard, but you can try combining words, use metaphors or use tools like: nameboy to help. I used their tool to search for name, then came back to Bluehost to sign up for a domain.
Tips: Make sure to use your real number and address because they need it to approve your account. Don’t worry, they’ve ensured me that they won’t solicit (I was concerned so I asked!). I learned this the hard way. My account was put on hold because I didn’t enter my real phone number, so they had to put me through extra steps (sent pics of credit card and driver license) to verify my identity. They were very quick and efficient at least.
4. Final registration step, enter your credit card information.
Tips: I’ve selected the best deal and it saved me $72 by choosing the 3 year plan vs. choosing the 1 year plan. I am committed to my blog, so a 3 year plan worked out for me. But please choose a plan you are most comfortable with.
5. Bluehost will send you a welcome email with your login information. Please proceed to step 2 below.
2. HOW TO INSTALL WORDPRESS IN BLUEHOST
By now, Bluehost should have sent you a welcome email with your login details.
1. Follow their email instructions to sign in with the username and password Bluehost sent you.
2. As soon as you login to the admin page, you will see “Install WordPress” in the middle”, just simply click it. Voila!
3. Click the green button “Start”.
4. Select the your domain name on the drop down list.
5. After it’s done installing, the screen will pop up with your site URL, login URL, username and password. Please copy this down, you will need it! You can change/manage username and password later too.
6. Done and congrats! Pat yourself on the back. Your now have WordPress!
3. HOW TO MAKE YOUR BLOG LOOK GOOD
Congratulations, you have an official blog now! Use the login information you wrote down (or the email WordPress sent you).
Option 1 – Use Genesis Frameworks
I am using Foodie because the layout is clean and customization is easy. However if this is not in your alley, here are a few other styles that look fabulous for a food blog: Cafe Pro, Modern Studio Pro or LifeStyle. Still not your cup of tea? No worries, simply just go to Studio Press and browse through all their other fabulous themes.
Option 2 – Use WordPress Theme
If you want a super easy option, you can choose a free default WordPress theme by:
login to WordPress >> go to Homepage>> go to Appearance>> select Themes >> search & search for Favorite Themes >> hit Activate
It looks something like this:
Well done, you! You now have functional and good looking blog. Go to my list of blogging tools and tips to see what plugins are useful, what to use to take photos or food sites that will generate traffic for your blog! Just for the fun of it, you can even make money with you food blog too, I just started publishing my monthly income reports (yes, I am still learning too).