How to Start a Food Blog

Curious on how to start a food blog? Here is how I did it.

Looking on how to start a food blog? Here are steps and resources to make it easy for you. From blog hosts to suggested themes, here's how to start a blog.

The Bewitchin’ Kitchen™ has been around since 2009. However, I didn’t treat it seriously and as a business until 2013. I can’t help but think that if I implemented any of the blogging tools that I know of now, then that things would be different. So don’t make my mistakes and do it right the first time (maybe I should write a post about then vs now?).

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How to Start a Food Blog

1. Buy a domain

Bluehost: I buy all my domains through Bluehost.

2. Get a host

  • Bluehost: If you’re starting out, use Bluehost. The Cpanel is easy to work with and installing WordPress only takes a few clicks.
  • Liquid Web: In 2015 I switched from Bluehost to a dedicated server with WiredTree (now known as Liquidweb). It’s a middle of the road price range. I was paying $55/month (USD).
  • Flywheel: I recently switched to Flywheel. Flywheel was recommended to me by both my ad agency and my designer. The customer service is incredible! They took care of everything and didn’t stop until I was 100% happy. Not only that, but my site speed has improved by a lot. I’m so impressed!

3. Install

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Once you are in the cPanel of your host, scroll down to WordPress, click it and then and click install.

How to install wordpress to start a food blog.

This is what it looks like on WiredTree, it looks a bit different on Bluehost but it’s the same idea.

How to install wordpress to start a food blog.

Make sure you save the admin URL (this is where you login to your blog), username, and password. You can change your password later in the users section of your dashboard.

4. Food Blog Themes

This step is fun (or it is for me). The Bewitchin’ Kitchen™ has a custom blog design (Purr Design, I highly recommend her) but when you’re starting out I recommend purchasing one of these themes:

Note: every single one of these themes runs on the Genesis framework. You will need to purchase and install Genesis before you install any of these child themes:

  1. Pretty Darn Cute Design
  2. Restored 316 Designs
  3. Elegant Themes
  4. Studiopress

5. Get a recipe plugin

The recipe plugin I use for The Bewitchin’ Kitchen is a custom install from my designer. Before I had my custom design, I used Easy Recipe Plus but it’s been brought to my attention that they’re no longer relevant. I asked SEO expert Casey Markee from MediaWyse for three that he recommended and he gave me one:

  • WP Tasty: Created by the Lindsay and Bjork from Pinch of Yum and Food Blogger Pro, this recipe plugin has all you SEO bases covered (plus it looks pretty too).

Another blogging tip I recommend? Open a separate banking account, it makes it easier to track income and expenses. Personally, I use Tangerine. There are no fees and there is a lot of freedom. If you sign up and use my orange key (41319312S1) Tangerine will give us both $50 if you make a $100 deposit. Free money is always a good thing.

Check out these food blogger resources to enhance your blog. I talk about what online course I take, what tools I use to make food blogging easier (like Tailwind), and I list what gear I use for food photography.

More Blogging Resources:

Disclosure: This guide on how to start a food blog contains affiliate links.