Do you love cooking or baking?! Do you love sharing your knowledge with others and making progress by getting constructive feedback?! Have you thought about having your own blog, your own virtual space to share and interact with others who love doing the same thing as you do?!
Wait no more! Today is the day to start that cooking or baking blog you’ve been thinking about!
Setting up your own food or baking blog is easy and here are the steps you need to make in order to create your own virtual cooking space – much like an online kitchen – a space where you can share your cooking adventures, ask for advice or give advice, share pictures, get more personal or not, interact with your readers as much as you like and the list can go on. It’s a space you and your readers create together, it’s a space that can bring fulfillment and joy, as much as hard work and frustration, but at the end of the day it’s like any other passion and it takes dedication and never giving up!
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Three steps to having your own food blog:
1. Domain Name and Hosting
2. Installing WordPress
3. Customizing Your Brand New Blog
1. Domain Name and Hosting
This is the first challenge you need to go through when starting a food blog. The name of your blog has to speak about yourself, but moreover, it needs to follow a few rules of the online world because, after all, you want people to be able to find your blog easily and remember it. Your domain name is your identity online, your ad, much like your ID or passport, it tells people who you are, what you do and a well-chosen domain name will be part of the reason they keep coming back. Here’s how to choose a domain name:
- Choose a short name that is easy to type – if your domain name is too long or complex, readers will have a hard time typing it or remembering it. Make it simple and as short as possible!
- Use keywords in your domain name – being a food blog, it is probably best to have a domain name that connects to food, a name that tells people what you do and why you do it. A name that has no connection to your activity only confuses people so keep it on the niche.
- Avoid numbers in your domain name – typing a domain name with a number in it is confusing as people might forget if it was a numeral – 3 – or it was spelled out – three. And let’s face it, if something is confusing, people will give up trying. I know I don’t bother with it much if there is anything I don’t remember, especially when there are hundreds of blogs out there and I’m sure I will find the information I needed somewhere else.
- Choose a name that is easy to remember – a witty, fun, short and representative domain name will draw people back. A catchy domain name is like an advert so choose it wisely.
- Research it – once you’ve come up with a domain name, do some research and make sure it’s not trademarked or already taken.
Once your domain is set, the next step is to register it and buy it. So go to Bluehost and let’s start the process of creating a food blog.
The first thing to do is choosing a hosting plan for your soon to be food blog – because, well, any blog needs to be hosted somewhere if you’re going to let it go live one day. For a brand new blog, the starter plan is just perfect.
Once you went through the hosting choosing options, you get to finally pick your domain name – or transfer your existing domain to Bluehost if you already registered a domain elsewhere.
You’re almost there now. If your domain name is available, Bluehost will ask you to complete the billing information and it’s here where you can choose a few extra options for your new domain, such as domain whois privacy which hides your personal details connected to your new domain or pro blog back up which is extremely useful in case something goes wrong with your blog – you wouldn’t want your work to go to waste by mistake, would you?!
2. Installing WordPress
Once your domain is registered and hosting is sorted out, the next step is to install a software to help you manage your blog easily and conveniently – WordPress. Go to Website Builders –> Install WordPress –> Start a new installation.
With your installation complete, write down your Admin URL, Username and Password (which can be changed later on) and use these to get access to your brand new food blog.
3. Customize your Food Blog
At this point you can officially call yourself a food blogger, you’re now part of this big, joyful foodie family and you’re only a few steps away from having a beautiful blog to share with friends, family and readers.
At this point you can either choose one of the basic themes WordPress provides, hire a designer to customize it for you or do it yourself by buying a highly customizable theme like the ones offered by StudioPress Themes. I’m smitten by their Foodie Pro Theme, which is incredibly customizable and perfectly set up for a food blog – with a visual recipe index and beautiful and clean design. On the plus side, this theme is also built on an amazing platform – the Genesis Framework. But they have plenty of other themes available, do have a look before deciding which theme you’re buying.
Stay tuned for more articles on how to start a food blog, manage it, monetize it and let’s go through this together – it’s a learning process for me as well, but I am here thanks to you, my readers, who made it all possible so a million times thank you!