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If you do anything, and what definitely should be your first step even before buying a domain name, is to join Food Blogger Pro. Even if you don’t want to have a FOOD blog, it will help with any type of blog. Over 300 video tutorials that walk you through step by step. Seriously. When making my website I’d keep one browser window open with Food Blogger Pro telling me how to set up something as simple as a permalink (if you don’t know what this is another reason to join), and my other window open following each instruction from Bjork, step by step, because I really knew nothing and otherwise would have been totally lost.
SiteGround is excellent web hosting. SiteGround has easy and fast website building, free and smooth website transfer, and managed services for WordPress users. They also host WooCommerce and other venues so at least give them a look. Trust me, it’ll be worth 5 minutes of your time.
I love WP Recipe Maker. I’ve tried a few different recipe Plugins and for this website WP Recipe Maker was the best choice. Why? Because I like the way you can change what fields are on the recipe card. I needed a recipe plugin that had a recipe submission option and this is the only one I found. Plus their customer service? I seriously have written them probably 35 times with questions when I was trying to format my recipe card (Hey! At times we all need help with this stuff) and within hours I’d get a reply. Not the typical form letter saying “we’ll get back to you in 24 to 48 hours”, but an actual person who would reply. (Thanks Brecht!!!!).
Tasty Recipes is an awesome recipe plugin for WordPress blogs. It really is SUPER easy to use. You can change the color and style of the recipe card. I used Tasty Recipes for my first WordPress food site. The only reason I did not use them again this time was I needed the recipe submission feature so that other plant powered recipe creators could submit their recipes to my website for posting. Plus I like the metric conversion and serving size adjustment that WP Recipe Maker offers (however, Tasty Recipes may have updated theirs to do the same by now) Both plugins are awesome. It just really depends on what style and features you are needing and prefer.
Tasty Pins is A MUST have if you want visitors to your website to pin your recipes, which you DO!!!! Tasty Pins is a very inexpensive and a no brainer for bloggers that want to grow their blog. Not just food blog, but ANY kind of blog. Pinterest has all KINDS of bloggers on it (but I’m sure you already know this!) I consider Tasty Pins a necessity for any blogger. And for $29 a year how can you go wrong.
Tasty Food Photography. Oh My Gosh has this eBook helped me!!! I knew NOTHING about taking food photos. For $29, it is TOTALLY worth it. The book not only instructs you on how to use lighting, props, etc., it has photos that show you how using a little light versus a lot of light on the same photo look, so you totally get it. Tasty Food Photography is paramount. If you don’t believe me go to Pinch of Yum on Instagram or their website and see what Lindsey achieves with her food photos. She’s the author of Tasty Food Photography, she’s grown her blog into almost 1 million followers on Instagram. She knows what she’s doing folks. Seriously consider purchasing Tasty Food Photography.
WP Rocket is consistently voted the best caching plugin on WordPress. It speeds up your website to where there are no more “lag” times. I use WP Rocket. This is my second purchase with them. Absolutely no complaints and WP Rocket does exactly what they promise.