Many of you love to cook and would like to start your own food blog. In 2014, it’s quite simple.
I often get asked “What’s the difference between a free blog and self-hosted?”, “What hosting do you recommend?” and “Can I place ads on my blog?” etc.
I say, start self-hosted blog from the beginning, that’s what I did. You will have your own domain name (without wordpress.com at the end), can make it as pretty as you wish and be able to monetize your blog (if you wish).
To Start a Food Blog You Need:
- Web Hosting & Domain Name.
- Install WordPress.
Let’s go over the process step-by-step.
Before we go on, I just want to let you know that some of the links are affiliate links. I recommend products only I use myself and absolutely love.
1. Web Hosting & Domain Name.
Picking a name for your food blog/business is fun! Domain name tells readers what your blog is all about. Try to use main keywords in your domain name, make it short and easy to remember. For example, I blog about healthy, clean and real food recipes => www.ifoodreal.com. I wrote more on how to choose a domain name.
Once you picked the domain name, head on over to InMotion Hosting to select the hosting plan. Hosting is like renting a living space on the web for your domain and food blog. InMotion offers great rates, 1 free domain name, 24 hour US customer support, 90 day money back guarantee and free data backup. Seriously, what not to like?! I have been with InMotion Hosting for almost a year, after trying 2 other hosting providers, and couldn’t be happier.
Click on Order Now:
Then select Launch package (plenty for a beginner food blogger and that’s what I still use with 5K visitors daily traffic) and click Continue. 12 or 24 months => up to you. The longer the term, the cheaper it gets. You can always cancel.
Now you can check your domain’s availability or transfer an existing one and click Continue.
Enter your billing info. Below it you will be offered Domain Privacy. It means your personal information like name, address and phone # will be hidden from the public. In the modern world of identity theft I highly recommend it! It costs only $10/year.
2. Install WordPress.
Once you are done registering your domain name and hosting at InMotion Hosting, it is time to install WordPress.
WordPress is free and super easy to use blogging platform. I recommend choosing it over Blogger. That’s what I use with iFOODreal. You can install plugins, pick any of many free themes and have a highly customizable blog later, if you wish.
Another cool thing about InMotion Hosting is an extensive library of WordPress Tutorials. Go to Support Centre and click on WordPress Tutorials.
To install WordPress, login into your Account Management Panel (AMP) and click over to the control panel (cPanel). Watch tutorial How to log into your cPanel.
Once in cPanel, scroll down to Software/Services and click on Softaculous. Here is helpful tutorial from InMotion How to install WordPress using Softaculous.
Then hover over WordPress and click Install.
Fill in the WordPress information and click Install. Click image to enlarge.
The following info is necessary:
You will see this window. Do not leave the page, just wait.
And then this window will pop up. Click Return to Overview.
You will see you WordPress Installation in your Current Installations.
You should receive an email that installation has been successful. Now go to your domain and check out your blog. Cool, huh?!
Next step would be to login into your Dashboard. You can do so by adding /wp-admin at the end of your domain name, for example www.foodblogforme.com/wp-admin. A screen like this will show up:
Enter username and password you chose during the installation process. Please note, it’s not the same as your AMP or cPanel login information.
Once you’ve set it all up, drop me a line and I’ll stop by and check out your blog. I always get emails from beginning food bloggers asking for suggestions. I do not mind sharing my knowledge and experience, as you can tell from my income reports.
Also, feel free to check out my Blogger’s Resources page where I list other Tools of Trade I use with iFOODreal.