How To Start A Food Blog
So you like food, you like to eat and cook. You also like to take photos and share it out on Social Media. Whatever it is that you’re into, admit it, you’ve thought of starting a blog but you haven’t done anything about it because it sounds so daunting. Trust me, I’ve been there too! I want to show you how easy it is to start your blog. Whether it’s food or something else, this will apply to you to get you started. Just imagine…having your own site, your own blog, a journal where you can share your thoughts, expertise, photos and more with the world?! So, enough of the procrastinating and let’s get your blog going. Okay?! Okay. Let’s get started!
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- Pick a domain name
- Install WordPress
- Design your site
1) DOMAIN NAME
Domain name – if you already have a domain name, great! If you don’t, I suggest picking a name that speaks clearly of what your site is going to be about. If you choose your name, that’s fine as long as it’s easy to spell and well…easy to remember. You always want to consider your viewers and readers when it comes to picking a domain name. You may be thinking of a domain name that is easy for you to spell, but think of your potential readers typing your domain on Google search bar or address bar – is it long to type, is it easy to spell? You would want to consider these things. You want to try and keep it short to 15 letters or less. If you need more tips on picking a domain name – watch this.
You’re going to be asked to pick a plan. ‘PRIME’ is recommended because it covers ‘Site Backup Pro’ and ‘Domain Privacy’ which hides your personal address from the public, but do pick one that will best suit your needs.
Once you’ve come up with some possible names, head to Bluehost to see if your domain name is available by entering it in the box that looks like this screenshot below.
All websites need a place to live on the net. Think of it as a place where you ‘rent’ so your site has a place that it belongs to in the internet world. This is what we call ‘hosting’. You will need your site to be hosted by a hosting company such as Bluehost.
Below is a screenshot sample for package information settings. The Domain Privacy Protection hides your personal address and phone number from being displayed to the public.
Next, payment information.
Next, you may get something like this. Click ‘no thanks’ if it’s something you’re not looking for at the moment.
Next, create your password.
Yay, congratulations! Now you want to click on ‘log in’.
2) INSTALL WORDPRESS.ORG
Once you’ve completed the registration with Bluehost, you will need to go through the process of installing WordPress.org. Don’t worry, you’re almost there! WordPress is a blogging software that I use for monicajuno.com and guess what? A TON of bloggers use this software as well! WordPress is blogger-friendly, the friendliest (to bloggers) software you will ever come across on the net.
Here’s how: Login to Bluehost and find the Website Builders section. Click on the WordPress logo.
a) Click the “Check Domain”.
You will get something like this “Your install is complete!”. Click on the “View Credentials” button and write down your admin, admin URL, password and username located at the bottom of the page. You can change these later to something else, but you will need this info the first time you log in.
Hello?? Are you still there? Don’t worry, you’re almost there. In fact, now you get to log in to your website, hooray! Give yourself a tap on the back:) Ok, there’s a bit more to do. But so far, it’s not so bad, right?!
Now type your Admin URL (the info I just asked you to write down:) 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.
3) Design your site
You’ve officially logged into your OWN BLOG. HOORAY, CONGRATS! I’m so happy for you, seriously! Now, all those thoughts you have in mind, all those things you jotted down on your phone or computer can now be transferred to your blog!
Okay, now don’t be scared of the word ‘design’. Designing your site is easy with themes and templates. There are free ones and there are paid ones. If you don’t feel comfortable paying for a theme right this second, I suggest you use a free theme and upgrade to a PRO version later on if you need to. Trust me, you will know when you feel you need to upgrade. It just all depends on what kinds of features you need on your site.
Before you go and choose your theme, check out these beautiful themes that are great for food blogging, most of these are multi-purpose as well.
And voila! From your dashboard, you can add your post, create a menu, etc. Thank you so much for dropping by! Watch out for my other WordPress tutorials I have here and on my YouTube channel. Any questions and comments, let me know below!