How to Start a Food Blog

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I get a lot of emails asking me questions about how to start a food blog so I thought I would make a post about it to make it easy for anyone who may want to start one. If you have been thinking about starting one then you should because it is really simple to set up. Of course tending to the actual blog can take some time but not enough that you will not be able to keep up. So before I get into all that, let’s go ahead and start with the basics.

1. Hosting and Domains
You need to pick a name for your blog (but I bet you already have one in mind) and your domain needs to be the same exact name. I was lucky because my husband chose Ya Salam Cooking and I loved it. You do not want to pick a really hard or long name but something that has to do with your blog. When I first started this blog I named it The Middle Eastern Cook but I knew how bad and was and asked for help. When I thought of that name I was meaning the food I cooked, but it sounds like I was speaking of myself and I am obviously not Middle Eastern.

So great you already have your name so it’s time to choose what platform you want to use. There are a lot of varieties out there now such as Squarespace, type pad and Tumblr but I’m just going to discuss Blogger and WordPress. I started this blog back in 2007 on Blogger because that was all I knew about. I used it just fine for several years and I finally made the switch to WordPress.org this past year. WordPress.com and WordPress.org are two different things and you can read more about that here. Blogger is a great way to start out and learn more about blogging (plus it’s free) but I am so happy with WordPress.org and I wish that I would have made the switch years ago. You can just do so many endless things with it.

If you sign up for WordPress.org then you will get to choose your own domain name and that comes with it. However, if you get a free Blogger account it will have blogspot at the end of the name but you can also buy the domain elsewhere and then redirect the blog so you can use your own link. Also WordPress.com will leave wordpress after the name just the same. I recommend using your own domain name because it looks professional and that is what we’re all after anyway right?

I am a HUGE Bluehost supporter they are who I use for both my blogs and my family business site. Bluehost is a hosting company and if you do decide to get WordPress.org then I recommend going with them. I have never had any issues with them, they make everything simple plus they are online 24/7 ready to help you live. You can check out Bluehost here for yourself.

2. Installation
I have already covered this step by step here. Trust me it is so simple.

3. Design
Now you will have everything ready to go and all you need is to make it look pretty. You can search the net and find a lot of free themes or you can hire a designer (hello I am a designer).

You all can check out my resource page for many more tips and also if you have anymore questions whatsoever feel free to ask because I love to help anyone out that I can. I plan to share many more posts on starting a food blog so I hope you check them out.

3 Responses to How to Start a Food Blog

  • ThisGirlBlogs says:

    I know WordPress provides a lot more control over your sites but I’m just so comfortable with Blogger that I’m too scared to make the swap!

  • Penelope says:

    I feel the same way about blogger too.

    But do you have any advice about starting a photo blog? I love the idea of a cooking blog but there are already so many experts – like you – already out there :)

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