If you've gotten here, it's probably because you like to cook and you love reading food blogs. So, what prevents you from creating a blog of your own?

Perhaps you think to start a food blog is something that is complicated, expensive or impossible due to your lack of knowledge of the web. That's a lie! Creating a food blog is neither expensive nor complicated. The only tasking thing is how to create contents that excite and hook your readers. If you think that you already have these content ideas, what are you waiting for?

By following this guide that we have prepared on how to create a food blog in 3 easy steps, in 20 minutes, you will have your blog and be ready to start!

In addition, every recommended tool and service in this article has been tested, evaluated and shredded. If we recommend a certain hosting provider, a WordPress content manager or a certain template, it is because we truly believe that it is the best.

How to create a food blog in 3 easy steps

The guide consists of the following three steps:

  • Domain and hosting
  • Choosing the template for your food blog
  • Set up WordPress

1. Domain and hosting

The first step to creating your kitchen blog is to choose the domain name. That's the .com, .net or what have you. For this purpose, we recommend registering a .com domain. It is the most recognized internationally and it will help you in ranking better all over the world.

The name should be attractive, catchy, be food-related and sound like it is written. This may seem obvious but many people use certain names, use scripts, remove vocals or things like that. This is a serious error, since it will always be a hindrance for your audience to memorize your URL. We should make it as easy as possible for people to come to our blog more often.

Therefore, take this decision calmly. Look at different possibilities, consult with friends and family, but above all, take a name that you like and you are passionate about.

There are more hosting provider services that there are domain-registering services. Among these, you'll find the likes of BlueHost and HostGator, which we totally recommend due to their user-friendly features. Meanwhile, if you're not ready to purchase a domain, you can start with the free hosting service which is available on WordPress. The disadvantage is that what you'll get is a .wordpress.com site which will make your URLs long. In addition, there are many limitations with the WordPress free-domain account, since it is not a premium service after all. The WordPress-based hosting plan is very suitable for a blog when it starts. As your traffic or your content grows you can then think of expanding and moving to a premium service, something which is easy to do on WordPress.

After deciding to do this, you will be asked if you want to register a domain and check its availability. This is where you should check all those possibilities. Don't forget that the .com sites are the best.

Domain name check

Once you have chosen your domain and the contract time (one year is fine), you can choose the CMS to install, in this case, WordPress. A CMS (Content Management System) is the content manager. The advantage of using WordPress and your own domain is that the blog is yours 100% and does not depend on another company or organization. Also, to create your cooking blog and learn, WordPress is perfect. It's as simple as you want, but if you want to complicate it, you have all the freedom in the world.

We can continue with the purchase process and in a few minutes time, we will have our domain and our hosting ready. Well, left with the template design, yeah, you already have your own blog!!

2. Choosing the template for your food blog

The next step you must do is choose the template of your cooking blog. That is, what is the appearance that you are going to like best and that will be suitable for your kitchen niche.

If you do not have knowledge of HTML, CSS, and PHP, you should opt for a ready-made template. On the internet, there is an infinity of this option – some are basic and others are more complete. Remember to choose a specific template for WordPress. In ThemeForest on WordPress, you will surely find the one you like.

One we can recommend to you for this purpose is the Studiopress Brunch. They take full advantage of WordPress and the design is perfectly oriented to a publication of recipes and articles. They also attach great importance to the image, which is suitable for a cooking blog.

Once purchased, you will download a .zip that you must upload to WordPress. We will explain this in the next step.

3. Set up WordPress

To access the WordPress dashboard of your food blog, you must go to the following URL: forexample.com/wp-admin, replacing "forexample.com" with your domain name. Once inside, we begin with the installation of the template which can be accessed by going to Appearance> Topics> Add New. Next, we have to select Upload Subject then locate the downloaded zip of our purchased theme and load it.

After this, we have to set up the general WordPress. You go to the Dashboard> General tab and establish all the information about your new blog. This consists of the site title, tagline, WordPress address, site URL, email address, time zone, membership, site language, et al.

You can start writing your content in Posts> Add new. After this, you're only minutes away from sharing your super recipe for double chocolate cookies, marshmallows, peanut butter and so on with the rest of the world!


Published by Joseph Nicholls