Do you want to start a food blog? Are you travelling around the world and want to have your own travel blog? I am often asked by aspiring bloggers to help them start a new blog. So in the lead up to Gourmantic’s 6th birthday and following from my previous post on Blogging… But Not As We Knew It, I’m going to share my best tips for setting up a blog.
In this tutorial post, I’m going to tell you how to create a WordPress blog in 3 easy steps. It doesn’t need to be food or travel related. It can be a personal blog, a hobby blog or a niche blog you’ve always wanted to write. I have been using WordPress as a platform for over 7 years and the setup is nowhere near as daunting as you may think.
I’m also a Bluehost customer and have been for just as long. Some of the links below are affiliate links which means if you make a purchase, I may earn a small commission. Like everything we post on Gourmantic, I only recommend companies I use and trust.
How to Start a Food / Travel Blog
Here are the three steps to get your started on your blog:
- Choose your domain name and host
- Install WordPress
- Personalise your blog
1. Choose your domain name and host
The first question to ask yourself is, what do you want to call your blog. Are you aiming to build a personal blog or an independent brand? In our case, our vision was always to build a brand so we chose Gourmantic as the name. Once you’ve picked a few options, go to Bluehost and check if they’re available. With Bluehost, you get a free domain for a year when you sign up for their hosting. The interface is easy to use, they have good help files and a 24/7chat service if you need to speak to someone and they’re reliable.
Over the years, I’ve had several blogs and websites and they’re all hosted on Bluehost. They offer various plans that don’t break the budget.
The Starter plan is the most affordable when you’re starting out and you pay in advance for a 12 months period. Click select and you’re taken to the next screen.
Enter your new domain name and if it’s available,
all you need to do is enter your account information,
and choose your package. In addition, I strongly recommend you choose Domain Privacy Registration which stops your name, address and personal details from being listed on public directories like WhoIs.
Once you click Submit, you’ll get an email from Bluehost with your login details.
2. Install WordPress
The first WordPress installation I did was a manual process that involved some nail biting. Lucky, Bluehost make it easy to install in just a couple of clicks.
Once you’re logged into BlueHost and cpanel, go to Website Builders and click on Install WordPress.
Don’t worry about the paid section. It’s easy to do it yourself with a couple of clicks. Click the green Install button,
select your domain and click Check Domain. Click you agree to the terms & conditions and Install Now.
It doesn’t take long to install and when it’s finished, click on View Credentials and you’re done!
To log in, open a browser, enter your admin url, your username and password and you’ll be looking at your new blog!
3. Personalise Your Blog
Your blog is about to become your second home so it pays to choose a theme you like instead of the default theme that comes with the installation. WordPress offers free themes here but I also use premium paid themes on other websites.
My favourite premium themes are:
- The Thesis Theme for WordPress from DIY Themes. It’s seo optimised and easy to use.
- Genesis from StudioPress Themes for WordPress. Also seo optimised, I like the admin interface and it’s easy to customise.
Now that you’ve set up your new domain on Bluehost and customised your theme, you’re ready to start writing!
Next in the Blogging Series… Food / Travel Blog Advice: 12 Tips for New Bloggers. And it’s not to be missed!
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