Hey fellow food-lover! If you’re like me, you love to cook. I bet you also love reading food blogs.
Have you ever thought about combining your passion for food and your love of blogs into one place where you can share all of your delicious recipes?
Don’t delay any longer. Today is your day to start a food blog!
Set aside the next 15 minutes and follow these three simple steps. You’ll have your shiny new blog up and running in no time.
Ready, set, go!
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HOW TO START A FOOD BLOG
When K and I started Another Root, we didn’t know what in the world we were doing. We knew we had a passion for healthy eating and that we wanted to share that. But if you had asked us even the basics about what it took to start a blog, you’d have heard crickets… After tons of research, trial and error, and a bit of frustration — we got the blog online. Phew!
Below I’ve condensed what we learned into this quick How to Start a Blog three-step guide, that’ll get your food blog going in just 15 minutes.
#1. Set up your domain name and hosting.
Time to get creative! What do you want your domain name to be?
Mine is anotherroot.com. Deciding on the name for our blog was a bit of a process, but we had a lot of fun doing it. Our process >> Brainstorm as many ideas as possible. At one point we set a timer and just free wrote anything that came to our heads — words, phrases, anything! When the timer buzzed, we compared notes and discussed what we liked best. Once we had a couple of ideas down, we headed over to DreamHost to see if the domain name was available by entering it into a box like the one below:
Once you’ve got your domain name figured out and you know it’s available for use, you’ll get it for free if you also host your blog with DreamHost! I love free things.
You’ll need to pick your hosting plan level. There are several options to choose from, but I’d recommend the Shared Hosting to start — it’ll save you some cash, and it’s super quick to set up.
#2. Install WordPress.
Once you’ve completed the registration process with DreamHost, you’ll need to install WordPress.
WordPress is a blogging software, and it’s what I use here at anotherroot.com. The best part — it’s super easy and intuitive to use, and it’s simple to install. Win win.
Here’s what you need to do:
Log into DreamHost and find your Toolbox on the left-hand side. Click One-Click Installs.
On the next page, click on WordPress.
And then in the popup window, under Custom One-Click Installer, select the domain name you’d like to install WordPress to, and then click “Install it for me now!”.
Success! You should now receive an email with further setup details, including your Admin URL and login information — which can be changed later.
Once you’ve completed the final setup details, enter your Admin URL into your web browser. You’ll see a login screen like the one below. Enter your Username and Password.
You are now logged into your brand new blog. Congrats!
#3. Make it pretty.
Welcome to the blogosphere! How does it feel to have your very own blog?!
You’re just minutes away from sharing your world famous double chocolate zucchini bread recipe with the world. But before you do, there are a few things you can do to make your blog extra pretty.
It’s time to choose your theme! WordPress offers tons of free themes to pick from. You can browse through them here. If you’re looking for a premium theme, here are a couple of great options:
- Genesis Framework — This is the framework I’m currently using with Another Root. You’ll also want to look into available StudioPress Themes, like the Foodie Pro Theme that I use on this site.
- Elegant Themes — A little less pricy than some premium themes, Elegant Themes looks great, is easy to use and has quite a few different options.
And there you have it! You now have your very own food blog up and running. If you have any questions, feel free to drop me a line. I’d love to hear from you.