I’ve had this blog for a few years, and up until recently it was a hobby and place to keep track of my recipes. In January of 2016 I decided to take this food blogging thing to the next level because I have so much fun doing it! Here are some really great tools to consider if you are thinking about becoming a blogger:
Web Hosting Service
Before you can download Word Press, you will need a web hosting service. My service of choice is HostGator, I have been using them for several years, the service is reliable and their customer service is very patient when dealing with non-techies like me. Plus, if you sign up you will receive 20% off! Once you sign up with Host Gator, you will easily be able to download Word Press, and you will be ready to go!
Next, you will need a theme for your blog, Word Press has several free themes to choose from to start out. Even though they look great, I found that many of them can be limiting . I decided a few months ago to upgrade to a paid theme, and my choice was Studio Press. They have an excellent selection of themes to choose from, and two that are geared to food bloggers are Foodie Pro , and Daily Dish. The themes are all very professional looking and are easy to use.
When I first started blogging, I was taking pictures with my phone, and soon realized that wasn’t going to cut it. I purchased a DSLR Camera last year, and my photos improved tremendously, but they they still needed help. I am not a photographer, nor do I aspire to be. My love is making honest to goodness delicious food. All of the pictures on this blog are way the food REALLY looks before we eat it. I don’t spray it or play around with it until it’s not edible – that’s just a waste of good food! BUT it is VERY important to have quality photos and access to an editor. If you have shopped around, you know that the fancy editing software can be pretty expensive. That’s why I decided to use PicMonkey. PicMonkey is free for the basic service, but you can upgrade to a premium level which costs about $33 per year with a free trial to start, and it’s well worth it. In addition to editing, you can make collages out of your photos add text and designs, it’s an excellent choice to start out.
If I did not sign up with Food Blogger Pro I would still be spinning my wheels. In my opinion, this is a must if you are serious about food blogging. I have learned so much from this membership site I am confident that it will pay for itself over and over again. The site has video courses to help you set up your blog, build traffic, social media, monetize and there is a a community forum that offers plenty of support from fellow food bloggers.
**In the spirit of full disclosure, there are affiliate links on this page, which means that I may get a commissions if you decide to purchase from any of the links. These are products s & systems that I use and love myself, so I know you’ll be in good hands.