How to Choose the Best Host for your Food Blog

Things to consider when choosing your WordPress theme

Today’s post is going to be short and sweet. It’ll answer a common question from beginner food bloggers: Which is the best hosting option for your blog?

If you’re thinking of starting a food blog (whether you want to promote your business, share your recipes or start a side-hustle), deciding on a blogging platform and host are some of the very first steps

Picking a host for your WordPress food blog

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What are the options for starting a food blog?

Nowadays, food bloggers have a whole bunch of options in terms of the platform they choose to create and host their blog.

The most common platform by a long shot is WordPress. WordPress have around 60% of the of the CMS market (that’s Content Management System – basically, the platform you use to manage the content on your site), literally 28% of “the entire internet” is run on WordPress (including 14% of the world’s top 100 sites). Oh, and WordPress is also the fastest growing CMS.

That’s not to say WordPress is the be-all-and-end-all in blogging sites. The popularity of drag-and-drop style sites like SquareSpace and Wix is growing, but honestly, from what I know of them (which is, admittedly, limited) you don’t get the level of customisation with those sites that you do with WordPress.

If you’re thinking of going with SquareSpace or Wix for ease-of-use reasons, try a drag-and-drop WordPress theme like (affiliate link) Divi instead. You keep all the customisation options and control that come with using WordPress, but with a super user-friendly interface that’s the main differentiator of SquareSpace and Wix.

So, I think you can probably guess my recommendation: a self-hosted WordPress site (that’s WordPress.org, not WordPress.com) is the perfect way to start a food blog.

How to Choose a Host for your Food Blog

How to Choose the Best Host for your Food Blog

If you settle on using a self-hosted WordPress site as your food blogging platform, you’ll need a host (to fulfil that ‘self-hosted’ part).

Your host is the server where your site is stored.

For most WordPress sites and blogs, particularly at the beginning, shared & managed hosting is the most cost-effective and reliable option.

In terms of which hosting you actually opt to use, the options are almost endless but there are a few big players, from the pricy (BlueHost) to the bargain basement (GoDaddy or HostGator).

The key things you’ll want to take into account when picking a host are:

  • Price – At the end of the day, your site hosting needs to be affordable for you and your business
  • Support – How quickly can you get a response when you have a question or something goes wrong? And how helpful will that response be in actually solving your issue?
  • Security – If you have concerns about hacking, you need to be assured that your site is hosted securely, and (in the case of shared hosting) that it won’t be affected by the security of other sites
  • Speed – First impressions matter and the time it takes for your site to load is a visitor’s first impression. Site speed can negatively effect conversions & sales (your bottom line), bounce rate (how quickly a visitor leaves your site after landing on it) and even your SEO (Search Engine Optimisation – this refers to your ranking/position in search engines like Google).
  • Uptime – That first impression is doubly affected by uptime. Your site can’t achieve anything if it’s offline – how much downtime can you risk?
  • Practicality – How quickly and easily can you get started with your food blog, once you’ve signed up for hosting?
How to host a food blog in WordPress

Which Host is Best for a WordPress Food Blog?

My best advice? Don’t go overboard. When you start out, you don’t need to spend a ton of money on all the bells and whistles.

That said, I’ve opted for the cheapest bottom-of-the-barrel option before and 100% regretted it.

Poor uptime + poor customer service = a terrible experience – and not worth a couple of quid saved on hosting fees.

I use (affiliate link) SiteGround to host my WordPress sites. Lets see where they stand on those important factors for choosing a host:

Since I switched to better managed hosting option, I’ve been blown away by how much more I get done when my site is actually reliable (and how much energy I no longer spend worrying about it).

As with using WordPress.org for your CMS,  SiteGround isn’t the be-all-and-end-all of hosting options – far from it.

Have a look around, evaluate your options, and work out whats important to you. Cheaper hosts can definitely be found if you’re happy to forego some support or security options, and you can pay more if you’re looking for a totally done-for-you solution, for example).

But, if you do want to follow my recommendation? (Affiliate link) Click here to get started with a SiteGround plan, then ready my guide to starting your food blog.

Using SiteGround to host your food blog

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