START A BLOG

Cooking is something I love to do! Being able to blog my recipes and share with others has turned my love into a passion

If you’ve thought about combining your love of food and your love of blogs-

Today is your day to start a food blog!

Put things on hold for the next 15-20 minutes and follow the three steps below. You’ll be up and running with your own food blog before you know it.

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Let’s go!

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HOW TO START A FOOD BLOG

 

THE THREE STEPS TO FOOD BLOGDOM:

  1. Domain Name and Hosting
  2. Installing WordPress
  3. Making it Pretty

 

1) DOMAIN NAME AND HOSTING

This part is fun!

What do you want your domain name to be?

Mine is (um, obvi) thethinkitchen.com. Here’s what worked for me –> Brainstorm as many different ideas as possible. Once you’ve thought of some possible names, head to Bluehost to see if your domain name is available by entering it in the box:

Starting a Food Blog - Picking Your Domain Name

If you’re asked to pick your plan level I’d suggest the Starter Plan, which is paid in one lump sum instead of monthly, but it’ll save you quite a bit of cash.

Bluehost Plan Options

You’ll also need to host your domain name. Hosting is like renting space on the web to display your blog. Bluehost has great rates and gives you your domain name for free if you decide to host with them.

Bluehost Package Information

2) INSTALLING WORDPRESS

Once you’ve completed registration with Bluehost you’ll need to go through the process of installing WordPress.

WordPress is a blogging software. It’s the software that I use for thethinkitchen.com. The best part is that it’s SUPER easy to use and it’s also super easy to install on your website.

Here’s how:

Login to Bluehost and find the Website Builders section. Click on the WordPress logo.

Wordpress Install for Bluehost

On the next page click the “Install” button in the “Do it yourself FREE” section.

Installing WordPress on Your Food Blog

Click the “Check Domain” button.

Bluehost Check Domain

Check the terms and conditions box and then click the “Install Now” button.

Bluehost - Install WordPress

Once you get the message that says “Your install is complete!” you’ll want to click on the “View Credentials” button and write down your Admin URL, Username, and Password. You can change these to something more memorable later, but you’ll need them for your first time logging in.

Type your Admin URL 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.

You’ve officially logged into your blog. Congrats!

3) MAKING IT PRETTY

Hello Fellow Food Blogger! You officially have your own food blog!

Now you’re able to share your favorite recipes!

Before you jump into the kitchen there are a few things you can do to beautify your blog. It’s time to pick your theme! WordPress has tons of free WordPress themes to pick from. You can scan through the options here. If you’re looking for a premium theme, check out these options:

 

 

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