Want to start a food blog but don’t know from where to begin? We know how frustrating it can be to deal with all the technical stuff when you are ready to share those killer recipes with the world.
Sure, you have heard about things like “Domain Name,” “Wordpress” and “Hosting Services,” but if all these sound as foreign to you as reciting poetry in another language, we have got you covered.
In this tutorial, we are going to show you how to start a food blog with WordPress and Hostgator.
Whether you want to start it as a hobby, or you wish to become a more successful food blogger, this guide will ease out your technical difficulties.
Here are some basics you need to know before taking the plunge.
You don’t have to be a geek to be a successful blogger. These days, the blog industry has lots of tools to assist you at every stage of blogging.
There are three basic requirements for running a food blog:
A domain Name
This is the name of your blog or an address needed to access your content for instance example.com. Take time and think hard about this one as it’s not the easiest thing to change. Although, you can do so, but it’s quite a pain especially when you are on the web for long. An ideal blog name should be descriptive, memorable, short, and easy to spell. Avoid misspelled words at all costs.
A Hosting Service
You will also need a reliable host to run your domain name. Hosting in simpler terms is renting space on the web to display your blog. We recommend Hostgator as it offers great rates along with fast performance, 24/7 support with live chat, easy WordPress installation, and excellent server uptime records.
Content: And of course, you need some great content to share.
Now let’s see how to install WordPress on Hostgator in no time
WordPress and Hostgator is an awesome combination whether you are starting out your first blog/site or fifth. In non-geek terms, WordPress is one of the most easiest and powerful self-hosted blogging platform in existence today and Hostgator is one of the most known and reliable web hosting companies.
With just one click WordPress installation, Hostgator makes it very easy to start a self-hosted WordPress food blog. You can do so in less than 5 minutes. In this guide, we share How to Setup a WordPress Blog with Hostgator Hosting. Give it a browse.
Set Up a Hosting Account with Hostgator
Creating a hosting account on Hostgator is insanely easy. Just follow these simple steps to get started.
While the “Hatchling Plan” is more than enough to start and host your new blog, we recommend the “Baby Plan” as its overall better value.
But for the sake of the tutorial, we are assuming that you don’t own a domain yet and are going to register a new one with Hostgator. Once you have typed in your desired name, it will show whether it is available or not, followed by the available domains with different extensions.
While registering, you will also be offered a ‘Domain Privacy Protection’ service which costs a few dollars per year. It helps to hide your personal contact information from public view. If it’s not much of a concern with you, simply uncheck the box ‘Add Domain Privacy protection’ and save those hard earned dollars.
Note: Hostgator offers some additional services for some extra cost. Uncheck all these additional services as you do not need them to create your food blog on WordPress.
Steps to Install WordPress on Hostgator cPanel
Now whenever you will enter your domain in the address bar, you will see something like “Index of” page. This means that your blog/site needs a platform to get started. Like mentioned before, WordPress is the world’s most popular blogging platform, and here you can create any kind of website, from a simple blog to a full-featured business website.
And getting started with it is quite easy. There are 2 ways to install WordPress on Hostgator cPanel- Quick Install powered by Mojo Marketplace or manually. In this tutorial, we will cover the QuickInstall method as it’s a bit easier than a manual installation, and it only takes a few minutes.
1. Firstly, login to your cPanel. You can find the cPanel link, Username, and Password in the email sent by Hostgator.
2. Once you have logged in to the cPanel, scroll down and click on QuickInstall under software/services.
3. This will take you to the QuickInstall page powered by MOJO marketplace. From the left side click on ‘Wordpress’ under ‘Popular Installs.’ Here you will get the latest WordPress version to install.
4. Now you will be required to fill the form to get started with the installation. Make sure to follow the instructions.
==> From the drop down select the domain name for which you want to install WordPress. If this is your first blog then you will have only one option.
==> Admin Email: Put your email here. If you ever forget your Username or Password, you can get it on this email.
==> Blog Title: This is the name of your blog. You can change it later if required.
==> Admin User: This is the Username for your WordPress Dashboard. Security tip: Avoid using “admin” as username.
==> First and Last Name: This will be added to your admin profile. You can change it anytime after install.
5. Now click on “Install WordPress” button to complete the installation.
6. Once it is installed, it will display the message “Your install is complete. Click Here to view your notifications” on the header.
7. Now check your mail inbox. You will receive an email from HostGator containing your WordPress login details (URL, Admin URL, Username and Password).
8. Click on the Admin URL (http://yourdomain.com/wp-admin), type in your username and password and click on ‘Log in’.
Voila! You have installed WordPress with Hostgator, and you are good to go.
You are just minutes away from sharing your famous dessert recipe with the world. But before you get those baking utensils out, there are a few things you can do to beautify your food blog.
Yes, it’s time to pick a theme. WordPress offers tons of free themes to pick from. In fact, there are many that are meant primarily for food bloggers.
And if you haven’t heard this one before- you will be happy to know that you can change the theme of your blog at any time you like, but, as usual, it will take a bit of work.
We recommend the following to look for in the WordPress theme:
It should be well designed: The theme should suit the overall aesthetics and offer the features you want.
Theme should be responsive: Responsive designs offer an optimal viewing experience to your site visitors, irrespective from device they are visiting-computer, tablet, or phone. That means your visitors will not have to bother about zooming in or out to read your recipes-the text will already be a legible size.
User friendly theme: Goes without saying that look for a theme that offers built-in design options so that you don’t have to edit the codes to change the basic stuff. The theme should make it a breeze for you to change the logo, color scheme, and more. This will save you a lot of time that you can otherwise utilize to tweak your recipes.
Backed by awesome support: Trust us, when you experience technical troubles, community forums and/or responsive support teams are invaluable resources.
The final word: You can begin with a free WordPress theme, but we recommend that you save up some cash for a premium paid theme such as ‘Foodie Pro Theme’ from a reputable provider.
The overall time and headaches that you save in the long run will make it money well spent.
And, for now you are all set to blog. Happy blogging!!!