If you want to start a food blog but don’t know where to start, you’re in the right place. In this guide, I’ll walk you through the process of starting your own food blog, step by step. We’ll keep things simple so you can get your blog up and running with minimal frustration. But be aware, creating a food blog and succeeding as a food blogger are two different things. If you’re looking to compete in Google with your recipes, you’ll want to check out our article on becoming a competitive food blogger after you’re done reading this article. Without further ado, let’s begin.
When starting your food blog, you have two options:
1. Hire a web designer to build your site for you. The website you need should only cost a few hundred dollars. If a designer quotes you a cost greater than $1,000, you’re spending too much. There are plenty of designers out there who “specialize” in designing food blogs, but you need simplicity so don’t break the bank with one of them just because they “specialize” in designing food blogs. A group like Buddha WP can get your blog up and running for $500 with no strings attached. Additionally, you can check out the designers listed on Upwork. Just create a free account and create a job ticket. You’ll get lots of responses from qualified web designers.
2. Design your site yourself. In this article, I’ll explain how to create your own self-hosted WordPress website below. You can expect to spend as little as $2.95 per month for hosting, plus the cost of a theme (free to $59). This website is built on a $59 theme from ThemeForest. Since you’re just starting out, it’s my recommendation that you start with a free theme from the WordPress repository and upgrade to a premium theme in the future (6-12 months down the line).
How to start a food blog: step by step
Listed below are the fundamental steps for setting up a self-hosted WordPress food blog that will scale with you as your blog grows. Your blog will have your own domain name and design that fits your niche. When creating your food blog, I recommend following these steps to give yourself a proper launch.
1. Name your blog and purchase a matching domain name
Domain names should be short, recognizable, and typically end in .com (yourdomain.com). With most domain name providers you can expect to pay $15 per month. Most domain name providers also host websites, so keep this in mind for step two.
2. Choose the right web host
A web host stores your website’s files and makes your blog available for the world to see. Stay away from those who say they offer free hosting, and avoid WordPress.com hosting. Reliable hosting for your food blog will cost $2.95 and up. I can personally recommend both SiteGround and GoDaddy. Both of these web hosts are reliable and offer quality hosting and support.
3. Install WordPress
WordPress accounts for over 34% of the world’s websites. In other words, jump on the bandwagon because WordPress is second to none. It’s a free open-source CMS (content management system) that is developed by a community of talented developers and contributors. If you don’t know how to install WordPress, your host will help you with that. Just call or message them and state your request.
4. Select and install a theme
To reiterate what I mentioned earlier, start with a free theme from the WordPress repository. You can search, browse, and select a theme from within your WordPress dashboard under Appearance > Themes. If you’re intimidated by this task, just use the default theme that’s already installed and activated for you. You can change it down the line after you’re more familiar with the WordPress dashboard.
5. Write your first recipe
Write and publish your first recipe. Once completed, create a realistic blogging schedule and stick to it.