1) HOSTING & DOMAIN NAME
Now, select the package which you want to buy.When ever I buy shared hosting from Bluehost, I opt for 3 years plan, as I get it for as low as $4.95/month. Since Bluehost is an old and reliable WordPress Webhost, this investment is better than paying next year renewal fees with no discount.
2) CREATING WORDPRESS BLOG
- After complete installation, type your website url to browser and add /wp-admin to end of link. You will redirected to wordpress admin panel
Choosing a theme can make or break your food blog. It is essential to have a blog that is user-friendly to visitors. Designing a good food blog really depends on what you want to spend to start it up and keep it maintained. If you are just getting started and don’t have a fortune to spend, WordPress offers free themes. Just be sure to choose one that is clean looking and user-friendly. Within a few months when you are ready, you can choose these themes which happen to be the most popular. Using WordPress provides many advantages to blogging. Advantages include content management with a vast number of plugins, themes, and frameworks that enrich the content both for the site’s administrators and well as for the average readers.
The Thesis Theme: Highly recommended. Thesis has smart design controls and a pretty solid user platform. Thesis is setup so when the developers update the theme version, you don’t have to worry about the compatibility of your design. Thesis is versatile and easy to adapt to many different needs. Developers are continually working to add functionality and help is always available.
Genesis Framework: This theme was designed as a highly customizable, user-friendly theming system able to adapt to virtually any unique website need or browser. Features include: built-in search engine optimization (SEO), great security features, standards-compliant coding, pre-packages designs that are ready to go, excellent customer support, consistent updates for WordPress changes, programming-free theme modifications, fully wedgetized layouts and display options, themes for personal, small business and corporate uses. Great for content that matters, search engine optimization that is central and theme choice. You can browse other themes on StudioPress.com.
StudioPress Theme of the Month – Foodie Theme: She’s sleek and svelte with her minimalist approach and clean design, but she sure packs a punch when it comes to features.
Themeforest Themes: great themes for good blog check here too.
WordPress SEO: The first true all-in-one Search Engine Optimization solution for WordPress, including on-page content analysis, XML sitemaps and much more.
Akismet: Akismet is quite possibly the best way in the world to protect your blog from comment and trackback spam. It keeps your site protected from spam even while you sleep.
ZipList Recipe Plugin: A plugin that adds all the necessary microdata to your recipes, so they will show up in Google’s Recipe Search
WordPress Popular Posts : Showcases your most popular posts to your visitors on your blog’s sidebar.
Login LockDown: Adds some extra security to WordPress by restricting the rate at which failed logins can be re-attempted from a given IP range.
Contact Form 7 : Contact from Plugin. You can contact with your visitors via Contact Form plugin
Pinterest “Pin It” Button: Add a Pinterest “Pin It” Button to your site and get your visitors to start pinning your awesome content!
5) FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY
RECOMMENDED SETUP FOR UNDER $1000
RECOMMENDED SETUP FOR UNDER $2000
RECOMMENDED SETUP FOR UNDER $3000
– ACCESSORIES FOR PHOTOGRAPHY
Canon RS-80N3 Remote Switch
The tripod helps you get better pictures (especially when the light is low) and this remote switch helps even further, tripping the shutter without moving the camera.
Crumpler 7 Million Dollar Home Photo Bag
or me, Crumpler 7 Million Dollar Home Photo Bag is the perfect size. It fits my camera body with any of the lenses attached plus 2 more lenses, a flash if needed, batteries, filters, memory cards – basically anything except the tripod and laptop.
You will need lots of memory cards, especially if you’re shooting RAW.
If you have some extra money to spend and are looking for the best lighting possible, these photography lights are impressive.
Now that you are ready to start your own food blog, here is a great Ebook on learning to style, bake and photography food for the website. They also share tips on where to edit photos and a how to guide.
Hi guys! Chances are if you are on viewing this page, it means you are interested in starting a food blog. Food blogging is a lot of fun but it can be hard work, yet very rewarding. I’m here to provide the basic steps needed to start a food blog or any blog for that matter. Other blogs cover this topic frequently but it is nice to have options. We will show you where to get started with food blogging online and will show you what you will need to photograph food. The best advise I have is to stop thinking about it and start your blog as soon as possible. If you have the passion and drive to do it, it will be rewarding! It is important to note that having an awesome camera does not mean you will have the best food photos. Simply have a better camera means that images will be sharper. You will have more options to create the perfect image with a better quality camera than with an iphone or a point and shoot camera. Learning to style food is important and because you are photographing it, you will be handling it a lot. Being creative and introducing photography props is important. This is best learned over time. I’m always learning new things. Check other food blogs for inspiration on how to style food with props. Look for a section on this subject soon. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask and I will do what I can to help.
Growing an audience can be a roller coaster. All it takes is one or two really great posts that will carry your blog to the next level. It is important to stay consistent. Having new material is essential. Publishing posts 3-4 times a week can make a difference. Just remember it is not the quantity but rather the quality of the posts that will attract and maintain viewership.
Social Media Advantages: Using social media is key. Having a user friendly website with plugins and widgets for Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, ect will grow your blog. This material should be easy to share across social media. All it takes is a key individual to share your work to their network and your blog will see an increase in visitors. You should also post to these social media websites often. Part of blogging is growing readership and relationships. Create an account for your new blog and start sharing with the community.
Community Involvement Advantages: The blogging community is such a great place to grow your viewership. View other bloggers websites and comment often. Let other people know you are out there. It gets your name out there. It is also good to build relationships within the blogging community. This takes time but be constant. Comment on posts you love or have found the most helpful. Fellow bloggers love great comments and they will notice when you create a great post! Others love to read comments and will likely follow your link to your blog.
Link Party Advantages: Get involved in Link Parties. Link Parties are a great tool to use that allow you to link up you posts to a host blogger. That host blogger is allowing you the opportunity to get noticed by their audience which is an awesome advantage to gain more viewers for your blog. It is also a great way to get the blogging community involved with one another. It’s a great way to meet other people and develop friendships. Here is a website with numerous Link Parties that are happening and is always updated; LinkyHere.com. Also, Google “Blogger Link Parties” and look for more directories.
Studying Website Statistics: Installing Google Analytic for your website is helpful. It allows you to see what posts are the most popular, how often you come up in Google Search and for what. It provided website statistics on how many views you are getting throughout the day. This is most helpful when determining what time of day your viewers are tuning in. It makes it much easier to produce new material for the website and to know how it will perform. Also, watch the viewership grow when posting the material in social media websites. It’s a great feature to have and if you use it correctly, you can learn how to maximize your blogging potential and grow.