Let's create a food blog! I figured many people want to start their own blog but aren't sure how to get started. Creating your own blog is much simpler than you might think. Just follow these 3 steps and start writing your own food blog today!
How to create a food blog in 3 steps
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Hosting plans start at as little as $5.99 a month and they will even give you a free domain!
Here is how to get started and install InMotion hosting : Go to InMotion Hosting and click on the order now button. ( See below) Next, choose the hosting plan that best fits your needs and click continue.
I find that the launch plan works well enough for most. However, if you have bigger plans, want to host more than 2 websites, or create a forum of some type, the power or pro plan will be a better choice for you.
Now comes the fun part. Choosing your domain! Hopefully you have brainstormed a couple of domain names that you like. Many of them might not be available because someone else already had the same idea. Keep trying until you find the domain name you are happy with. Once the domain of your liking is available, click on continue.
You will now have to fill in your personal information and billing information as well. Make sure to check the "I agree" button and then click on "Purchase Account". InMotion will then complete the rest of the setup for you and give you a call verifying your information.
Once your registration and setup is complete at InMotion Hosting, you are ready to install wordpress! You need to first login to your InMotion account (AMP LOGIN in the top right hand corner of the home screen). Once you are logged in, find the Softaculous button and click on it. This will take you to the screen (below). Hover over the WordPress icon and click on install.
This will take you the WordPress setup page. Fill this out accordingly. Make sure you write the site name and description of your website as well (this doesn't need to be long). Choose a username and password. Write this down somewhere, you will need this to access wordpress and your blog! Check the limit login attempts, to safeguard your blog against hackers.Once it is installed you can access your blog and wordpress by going to your wordpress admin login page. This will be Http://www.yourdomain.com/wp-admin
Once you go there you will see this wordpress login page. Enter your Username and password that you wrote down here:
YAY! Now you are a proud owner of your very own blog! How does it feel? Pretty amazing right? One last step and you are ready to get started!
Even if you have the best recipes in the world, they won't do you a whole lot of good if your blog doesn't look the part. WordPress offers a lot of free themes to choose from. You can find them here.
However, you can take your food blog to a whole different level with some premium themes. I've found that these are some great options:
- Genesis Framework and Foodie Theme from Studiopress - This is the theme and framework that I use right now and am completely happy with it. There are endless possibilities that even I haven't fully used. Using the genesis framework, compared to just using a regular theme, lets you edit and speed up development of your site without having to know much about coding. It also already has some built in widgets and a great support system in case something isn't working right. Once you have the framework you can choose a child theme. In my case I used the Foodie theme but Studiopress also offers many others. Definitely worth a look!
- Themeforest also a great number of WordPress themes that seem to be a bit cheaper since they don't use a framework. Many of these are also specifically made for food blogs like the iCook theme, Cookingpress, or Pico Food.
- Elegant Themes is also a great choice. Their themes are clean and really look quite stunning. Check it out!
Once your blog looks pretty, it's time to get started!
Already have a food blog or need more help? Check out my list of helpful food blogging links.
Please be aware that some of the links above are affiliate links meaning I earn a small commission from a sale at no extra cost to you. I do this to cover the costs of my blog but only recommend items I have used and can truly recommend.
If you have any other questions about setting up a food blog or need help please feel free to leave a comment below :)