So you want to start a food blog, huh? Great idea!
But you’re not sure where to start. And there’s SO much information out there on the web and everyone has an opinion. Who do you listen to?
By now you might be thinking… It’s to overwhelming and way to confusing!
But it doesn’t have to be. I’ll take you through how to set up your food blog in 4 easy steps.
Ready? Ok, let’s go!
Step 1 – Choose your blogging platform.
This is the absolute first place you have to start. And since there are lots of platforms to choose from, make sure you choose wisely.
My platform of choice is WordPress, just like a ton of other people (see the pie chart below).
It’s massive! They have countless plugins, add-ons, and themes.
Plus it’s super easy to use and doesn’t take a coding degree.
The pie chart above (courtesy of ProBlogger.net) breaks down the different platforms and the percentage of people who use them.
And WordPress came in with 56% of the pie! I told you they were massive.
Another comparison, by Startablog123.com does a fantastic job comparing the best blogging platforms through overall function, features and finally pros and cons.
It makes it really easy to figure out which one will be the best fit for you and your blog.
Step 2 – Choose the web hosting service for your blog platform .
This step also requires lots of consideration. Self-hosting or a free alternative? This is where you decide if you want to pay for your blog or grab a free one. Just remember free isn’t always pretty, but it is free.
The downside of a free blog is:
- You don’t get to choose your own domain name.
- The name you get will not be pretty.
- You will be very limited with what you can do.
- You don’t own your blog, someone else owns it.
On the other hand if you choose to self-host… Then you need to choose wisely.
A full-blown article, done by Consumer-Rankings.com, does an excellent job of comparing the various web hosting services from price to disk space to user ratings and Shivarweb.com does an outstanding job of comparing two of the hosting heavy-weights, BlueHost.com and GoDaddy.com, as well as posts to numerous other hosting comparisons they’ve done.
Step 3 – Setting up a blog on your own domain.
By now you should have chosen a blogging platform and a hosting service. My blogging platform is WordPress and I have it hosted on BlueHost. I have nothing but great things to say for each.
BlueHost has THE BEST customer service I’ve ever encountered. I’m just sayin…
WordPress is by far the easiest blogging platform to install. Most (if not all) web hosting services have a “one-click” install for WordPress.
I would definitely recommend the whois privacy (it will keep all your personal details, like your name, address, number and email private) and also definitely the automated backups (this will save your website in case anything fails or disappears and so you don’t lose any, or very little, of your blog).
Now that you have WordPress (or whatever platform you’re using) installed, all you have to do to start blogging is login to your site with your WP-Admin page. Which typically looks like this…
And create your first post. The layout will look a little foreign at first but you will easily get used to it after a bit. 😉
Step 4 – Designing your blog (This is the fun part!)
Now you get to make your blog come alive! There are lots of free themes available through WordPress or you can buy a theme for around $40.
It’s up to you and what you envision for your blog. There are not right or wrong answers here. Only a lot of choices!
Just go to Appearance >Themes and choose the style or theme you like.
A few final tips…
Make sure your blog is a reflection of you and your personality. That it conveys the look and feel of what you want it to.
If you have a specific niche, make sure it shows. Don’t use a baking theme if your blog is about hiking. It will confuse your readers.
Keep it clean, simple and easy to navigate.
Your readers will thank you!
That’s it. See I told you it would be easy and simple.
But, if for some unforeseen reason you still have questions or are just not sure about something… Send me an email or leave a comment in the section below and I’ll be happy to help with any problems you encounter.
Happy Blogging! 🙂