Discover how to create a food blog on WordPress and share your passion for food with the world! Our guide covers everything you need to start blogging today!

Are you a food lover looking for a way to share your passion with the world? Do you dream of creating your own food blog but aren't sure where to start? Look no further! 

In this handy  guide, we will walk you through the process of how to make a food blog on WordPress – the most popular and user-friendly platform for bloggers. From getting your domain name and web hosting, to installing essential plugins and choosing the perfect theme, we've got you covered. 

Whether you're a seasoned blogger or just starting out, this step-by-step guide will provide you with everything you need to know to start a food blog. Plus, we'll share tips on how to monetize your blog and turn your passion for food into a profitable business. 

So grab a cup of coffee, get comfortable, and let's get started! 

1. Get a domain name, URL & web host 🌐

Your domain name is your blog's online address, and it's essential to choose a name that's both memorable and relevant to your food blog's niche. 

When picking a domain name: 

  • Keep it short, easy to spell, and reflective of your brand ✅
  • Avoid using numbers, hyphens, or any other special characters ✅
  • You can also use free domain name generators to come up with ideas ✅

Once you've settled on a domain name, it's time to buy the URL! You can get your URL and your hosting plan all at the same spot with Bluehost


2. Install WordPress 🕒

The next step is to install WordPress, a user-friendly and free Content Management System (CMS) that's perfect for beginners.

Fortunately, many web hosts, including Bluehost, offer one-click WordPress installation, which makes the process super simple and quick!

If you're unsure about how to complete this process, visit this detailed tutorial to guide you through it.

No matter what web host you're using, and no matter your level of experience, installing WordPress should take less than five minutes.

3. Choose a theme 🎨

WordPress themes are a critical aspect of your website design, especially for food bloggers. They define your website's appearance and are responsible for features like fonts, colors, layout, and more. 

Fortunately, there are plenty of options to choose from, including free food blog themes (these can include free WordPress themes) and premium WordPress themes. Let’s cover the pros and cons of each. 

Free food blog themesPremium WordPress themes
👍 ProsQuick and easy to set up
Provides a basic framework for your site
More features and flexibility
Greater customization options
Offers advanced features for better website functionality
👎 Cons
Limited customization options
May lack advanced features
Requires investment

For food bloggers who want a theme that's specifically designed for their niche, a premium option like Foodie Pro theme is the way to go. 

Foodie Pro

This theme comes with pre-designed blogger templates and features that cater to the needs of food bloggers. Plus, they can save you time and effort that you would otherwise spend on web design. Premium themes can also save you from spending more on expensive website templates or blog templates.

4. Install essential plugins 🔌

Search engines like Google prioritize websites that offer a seamless user experience, which is where premium WordPress plugins come in. These plugins are designed to add extra features and improve your website's functionality with ease. 

For food bloggers, there are many recommended plugins that can enhance your blog's performance, including recipe card plugins. 

In researching the right plugins for your needs, ✨ Tasty Recipes ✨ is one such plugin that offers all the necessary features for starting and developing your food blog.

Tasty Recipes

While it's tempting to install all the plugins that catch your eye, it's best to stick to the essential ones. Installing too many plugins can slow down your site, which can lead to a poor user experience and lower search engine rankings. 

If you want to make sure your food blog offers the best user experience and ranks well in search results, check out our recent blog on the 10 Best WordPress Plugins for Food Bloggers.

5. Start blogging ✍️

With your hosted WordPress site set up and your blog design in place, it's time to start creating content! 

As a food blogger sharing delicious food recipes, Tasty Recipes is here to help you create engaging and organized content. Here’s an example of one of our 6 recipe card themes used by Pinch of Yum:

Recipe card

Tasty Recipes makes your content more shareable with social sharing buttons built into your blog posts. These buttons make it easy for your readers to share your content on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, which can help you reach a wider audience.

To get started, consider looking at other food blog examples to get inspiration for your own content. You can also try experimenting with different types of posts, such as recipe roundups, or product reviews – which leads us to our final step of monetization. 

6. Monetize your blog 💸

As a food blogger, there are several ways you can monetize your food blog and make money from your passion.

Affiliate marketing is a great way to earn some extra cash by promoting products that you love. You can use Tasty Links to create and manage affiliate links within your blog content. If someone clicks on the link and makes a purchase, you'll earn a commission. It’s one of four plugins we’ve made that is specifically designed for food bloggers!  

Plus, when you use Tasty Recipes, Instacart is a built-in feature of your recipes. If someone clicks on your recipe’s Instacart link, you will earn a commission for every order they place. Instacart offers members of its affiliate program a 5% commission rate. 

Find out more here 👉 Food Bloggers: Earn Revenue With the Instacart Affiliate Program

This is what it looks like on your recipe cards:

Instacart Button

Another way to make money from your food blog is through Google AdSense. By displaying ads on your WordPress food blog, you'll earn money every time someone clicks on an ad. Just keep in mind that the revenue from ads is generally lower than other forms of monetization.

There you have it!

That’s it! You're now equipped with everything you need to start a food blog on WordPress. 

With this guide, we hope we’ve helped you with selecting a domain name, choosing the right web hosting platform, and customizing your blog with a food-specific WordPress theme and plugin.

And with monetization, you can turn your passion for food into a profitable business and share your love of cooking with the world.

Start your food blog today! With WP Tasty's plugins, there's no risk to give them a try. We're so confident in their quality and effectiveness that we're offering a 14-day money-back guarantee

If for any reason you decide that our plugins aren't the right fit for your needs, we'll happily refund your purchase. So why wait? Start enjoying the benefits of WP Tasty's powerful plugins today!

Looking for more information on how to start a food blog? Check out our blog post 25 Best WordPress Food Blog Themes.