RESOURCES FOR FOOD BLOGGERS
We thought it would be helpful to create a resource page that food bloggers can use to see the products and services that we use on this blog. The list will be continually evolving as we find different resources that are worth mentioning.
Disclaimer: Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links and we will earn a commission if you purchase through those links. We use all of the products listed below and recommend them because they are companies that we have found helpful and trustworthy. Please let us know if you have any questions about anything listed below!
GETTING STARTED WITH YOUR OWN FOOD BLOG
Hostgator – Hostgator was our hosting company for the first 8 months. It’s incredibly easy to use with 1-click automatic WordPress installation to kick off your food blog. You can also register your domain with them, is amazing affordable and is the perfect place to start. We HIGHLY RECOMMEND using Hostgator for your first site. Also, you can use the same hosting account for multiple domains if you plan on creating more websites
Vodien – Vodien is the hosting company we switched to after ieatandeat.com started to get 1,000+ visitors a day on a consistent basis. We are hosting ieatandeat on a dedicated virtual server. I know that sounds like mumbo-jumbo if you’re not a tech person, but the important thing to know is that a dedicated virtual server means that your blog can handle more traffic. We are on the plan that has 4vCPU and has 3GB of memory.
ThemeForest – ThemeForest Second Touch theme was the theme we used currently for ieatandeat. We did a lot of customization based on the theme with E-Alchemists.com. Themeforest had a lot of themes if you need a premium wordpress theme which is different from others.
Free Themes for WordPress – WordPress has thousands of free themes available if you’re not interested in purchasing a “premium” theme right away. It’s a great place to start if you’re looking to start your blog without spending a lot of money right off the bat. Be sure to do some research and check the theme’s rating before you download it and install it onto your blog. I would recommend looking for themes with a four or five star rating.
MailChimp – Mailchimp is the email marketing software we use to distribute our Food review newsletter (you can see the sign up form in the sidebar to the right). As a blogger it’s important to connect with your readers through all different avenues, including email, and we think Mailchimp does a great job of making that really easy.
Maxcdn – Maxcdn is the content delivery network we use to speed up our website. Maxcdn is one of the most affordable and fastest CDN services on the market.
Optinmonster – Optinmonster is the wordpress plugin that we use for our pop up. Convert visitors into subscribers and grow your email list with the best WordPress popup, exit-intent technology, and other effective lead-generation forms.