How to Start a Food Blog

Step by Step Guide
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Welcome to the guide

Your talent in the kitchen speaks for itself. Your family, guests, co-workers, and the random recipients of your goodies know and confirm this. But why not open it up to the entire world? Why not teach people how to be creative in the kitchen, to dump takeout food habits, and even teach them to eat and live healthier? You need a mouthpiece for this, and since most people would rather check for recipes online than buy expensive cookbooks, it is probably high time you started your own food blog!

We at First Site Guide take pride in offering niche-oriented blog tutorials and guides, and we just couldn't skip the vibrant world of food blogging. Not only have we devised a guide for you with all needed information for the green one, but we have provided it with screen caps and step-by-step descriptions, so you could feel immediately at ease, and even work with your intuition and creativity. What is more, we have spent quality time with lots of prominent food bloggers and discussed their passions, motivation, and about their experience back when they were anonymous or just starting. Their priceless advice helped us shape up this guide - and offer you realistic and at the same time rewarding blogging experiences for the foodie newbie.


Top Food Bloggers have contributed to this guide by answering questions from our conducted survey.

The beginners guide to successful blogging

What you will find in our Beginner's Guide to Blogging Success is a blueprint that takes you from learning the basics of blogging to becoming a knowledgeable and talented blogger. This has been designed to help you achieve those goals in an easy to read, step by step way

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Getting started: Step-by-step blog setup process

Action steps:

1. Get a domain & hosting

Sign up for a reliable hosting account to get started.

2. Install Wordpress CMS

Follow the easy 1-click install process.

3. Your blog is live

Welcome to the web, you can start blogging instantly.

Recommended WP themes

Free themes

Food & Diet is a simple, minimalist and responsive WordPress theme, with two columns in content, and three columns in footer. Suitable for a blog-based website, online magazine, or portfolio website.

HappyFood is an amazing free WordPress theme, great solution for blog about cooking. The theme comes with two sidebars, vertical menu, slider, custom widgets and lot of other powerful features provide a great base to build on.

Veggie Lite is simplified free version of our premium WordPress theme Veggie. Theme is perfect for creating food-related websites. It is a great fit for recipe websites, blogs, magazines and more.

Premium themes

Foodica is perfect for creating food based blogs, magazines and recipe websites. Six colour schemes, a beautiful featured slider and carousel and WooCommerce integration mean Foodica is featured packed to help you stand out.

Daily Dish theme is a modern magazine-style layout built on an optimized mobile responsive platform. The spacious frame highlights your online publishing for a wide-screen world, and the sleek social features will help to build your audience fast.

Foodie Pro is the most flexible Genesis Theme to date - with a minimalist style and plenty of color and typography options. She's sleek and svelte with her minimalist approach and clean design, but she sure packs a punch when it comes to features.

Recommended food blog plugins

KitchenBug - a creative way to look at your recipes allowing for constant formatting throughout your blog, as well as adding nutritional value information, and allowing users to print your recipes in a print-friendly format

List Category Posts - automates an archive page for all your recipes, nested under their categories (e.g. all posts under main courses, all posts under desserts, etc.

Shopeat - transforms your recipes into shopping lists for your visitors to download on their smartphones

Simple Converter - placed in your sidebar, allows users to shift between US and metric systems for recipe measurements

Instagram Image Gallery - creates sidebar galleries for specific #hashtags

Photospace Gallery - full-screen gallery view

EWWW Image Optimizer - quality & loading time of photos

Bottom of every post - a great way to add sponsored links

Digg Digg - a floating bar of popular social media sharing options

Pinterest Hover Pin-It Button - easy pin-it button for your images