The first steps to starting a food blog are to sign up for a hosting service and register a domain name. I’ve created a few short videos below, as well as links to everything I mention in the videos. This page does contain affiliate links.
Signing up for a hosting service is the first and easiest step. As mentioned in the video below, I currently use Bluehost for all of my hosting needs.
Once you’ve signed up for a hosting service you will want to purchase your domain name. A domain is the address of your site, so you want to choose it well as redirecting later can be a hassle. If you’re lucky, you may get one free domain just for signing up for a hosting service. Because many domain names are already registered, you may have to think cleverly to find one that works for you and is available. You can watch me walk through these steps below:
One thing I should have covered more is the Domain Privacy Service step. ICANN, the organization tasked by the government with managing domain names, requires contact information for every domain owners to be publicly listed in a Whois database. This makes it easy for anyone to find and contact the owner of a domain name. Whois lists information such as phone numbers, emails, and home addresses. Signing up for Domain Privacy helps to protect your personal information on the web. Without Domain Privacy, when you register a domain name, ICANN (the governing body for internet domain names) requires you to provide accurate contact information, which they then make available in a public WHOIS database. This makes it easy for spammers and other undesired parties to obtain your personal contact information. I didn’t sign up for this in this demo, but I do highly recommend it, having once registered a domain without doing so.
Depending on your hosting service and whether or not you have other domains to manage, you may need to go through one final step of assigning your domain to your hosting service. You will also need to do this if you purchased your domain from somewhere other than your hosting service.