You CAN Do It!
We’ve had friends and many fans ask us how to start a food blog. I have been very fortunate with wonderful help, well, I married a geek. You may not be married to a geek or may not have the funds to hire a professional, but let me encourage you-it is not as hard as you think.
If you have ever wanted to start a food blog be confident that you can. I wanted to start a food blog for a years before I ever started typing my first sentence. But it wasn’t until I decided to sit down and just go for it. Then I realized, you can either wish it would happen or you can make it happen.
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Three Steps to Start Food Blogging
- Domain Name and Hosting
- Install WordPress
- Make it Look Good
1. Domain Name and Hosting
You could drive yourself crazy thinking about all the possibilities for a name. Write down what defines you and what you want you blog to be about. Our domain is http://livesimply.me (.com’s are preferred but it was taken). You can check to see if you name as a domain is available. Bluehost is easy to use and often you can get a free domain name for a year if you also sign up for hosting. See if it is available by entering it in the box that looks like this:
If a .com or .net is not available there are plenty of other URL suffix’s. We choose .me and it has been very successful. Bluehost does not have these so you can buy one from Go Daddy, that’s what we did.
Hosting is what you will also need to store all your blog’s information, such as files, photos and emails. Bluehost has very competitive prices, good customer service and is reliable.
We ended up outgrowing Bluehost and are now with a powerful upscale hosting provider called Media Temple. It was a hassle transferring our database, images and template and we hoped it would all be there when we flicked the big switch. They have a technical migration service that will handle it for you but still it can be a hassle. If you want to start with a powerful, fast and great service hosting company go with Media Temple.
2. Install WordPress
After registration is completed with Bluehost or Media Temple you’ll need to instal WordPress. Don’t worry it is very easy, they have a one-click install process. It can’t get any easier than that! WordPress is the most popular and most easy to use blogging software. It’s what I use for livesimply.me. Here’s a video on how to set it up for Bluehost:
Once WordPress is installed, go to the Login URL and enter your Username, and Password. You can change these later but you’ll need them for your first time logging in.
Click on the Login URL and you’ll see a login screen like the one below. Enter your Username and Password to get in.
Congratulations you have a working Blog!
3. Make it Look Good
The last step before you start sharing all your great ideas to the world is to make the blog look good. The initial theme that loads up on your site is not that pretty, you may be wondering how much money the bigger blogs spent on a web designer to make their’s look great. What if I said you only need $50? That sounds a lot better the $1,500, right?
WordPress has hundreds of free themes to pick from, search through the free options here. At first we decided to go with a free theme but regretted it later. Premium themes have a lot more features for expanding and they look much better. Themeforest has the largest selection of Premium WordPress Themes to choose from, they are a marketplace for hundreds of designers to promote their themes, so it is not just one company trying to sell their own stuff.
Pick a theme that you like, don’t get caught up about the default color because with Premium themes they have easy controls to change colors on the fly. You don’t need to learn CSS code language to change the color. You’ll get instructions to download the theme and then install it. This is a specific video for installing themes from Themeforest.
After this you can customize it, each premium theme has a support standing by to answer your questions and generally have videos or tutorials to help set it up.
We didn’t want to stop here so we created a resources for food bloggers page to help you make your blog even better, such as camera gear that I use for LiveSimply.me.