OK, so you want to start a food blog, and you’re ready to buy your domain and hosting and get started, but wait: How do you buy your domain and hosting? Is it hard? What if you’ve never done this before? I totally remember asking the same questions and it was only through the help of another blog friend that I got my fledgling site up and running on the quick. The good news is the process is not hard, and you can absolutely do it, even with limited Web-building knowledge. To prove it, here’s a super simple step-by-step guide (with screenshots!) for doing it with Bluehost. If you have any questions after reading this, you are also always free to contact us.
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How to Start a Food Blog with Blue Host
When it comes to starting a food blog with Blue Host, you need three things: (1) a domain name and hosting, (2) WordPress (not the only option out there but it’s the one we like best and it’s free!) and (3) creativity to make it look the way you want it to look. Let’s explore these basic steps:
1. Get Your Domain Name and Hosting at Blue Host.
What do you want to call your blog? What do you want its website URL to be? When I was naming Food Loves Writing, I knew I wanted to combine interests in food and in writing and the name sort of stuck with me. Sometimes I’ve wished I went with something simpler like one word that relates to the kitchen, but FLW is us now. When it comes to your own site, the sky’s the limit—as long as the domain name you like isn’t already taken.
Go to BlueHost.com and click the giant “get started now” button at the middle of the page. The next screen will give you various options for your hosting package, each of which includes your own domain name.
Generally speaking, it makes sense to go with the “starter” or “plus” plan, but obviously it’s up to you. So let’s say you go with the “starter” plan. Click that column and you’ll be taken to the page where you can name your domain.
If the domain you want is already being used by someone else, BlueHost will tell you to try a different option—and keep doing that until one is available. Eventually you’ll find something that nobody has yet and be able to move forward with your new site! The next screen will ask you to fill out your account info with stuff like your name and address and what plan you’re selecting. This is also where you’ll enter your billing information.
2. Install WordPress.
Here’s the part that confused me most when I first started my blog: installing WordPress. The nice thing with Blue Host is it offers a one-click setup option from within your account. So after you’ve picked your domain and hosting and set up your account, you can log in to your Blue Host account. This will automatically take you to your control panel, where you can scroll down until you see this:
Click the “Simple Scripts” button and scroll down until you see the “WordPress” button. That’s the one you want (so easy!). Click it!
On the next page, click the big green “install” button to begin adding WordPress to your new domain. You’ll get prompted to answer a few questions—when it asks where to install WordPress, choose the domain you’ve just purchased. Mark that you’ve read the terms and conditions, click the accept button and boom: WordPress is installing.
Once it’s completed the install, BlueHost will give you a couple links on your screen, one to your domain (go there and you’ll see a barebones WordPress site) and one to your login page (where you can go to start playing around, using the provided username/password also on your screen).
From this point forward you have entered a magical world that can take up many long nights and weekends searching through WordPress themes and playing with codes and adjusting fonts and colors. I can’t even begin to scratch the surface with all the details available in this world, but I will say this: have fun! You now have your site up and installed and it’s up to you what you make of it!
Ready to get your own food blog? Head over to BlueHost.com now!