Blogging can be a very exciting and rewarding hobby to venture into and can with the right mindset and work become a stream of revenue. In this article we'll go into some of the different ways there is to get started with blogging.
This will not be a definite guide on how to set up a blog with a particular blogging software but rather a guide to figure out how you should go about creating your own blog, as there are a lot of different ways to set up a blog - each option having its own benefits and shortcomings.
If you are interested in finding out how to make your own cooking blog, you can read our article on how to start a food blog.
Seen from the outside, a blog can appear as a simple thing since it is just a nice way of displaying organized blog posts on the internet. Though that is not entirely correct, as there are often times a lot of things in play when setting up and running a blog, for example:
This is the reason why it is a good idea to first assess how much time and energy you are willing to invest in starting a blog, as different ways of building up a blog can require different levels of skill and patience. Let's go over some of the most common ways of starting up your own blog:
Listed above is some of the most common ways that you see people create their blogs (with 1 and 2 being the most usual ones).
Using a hosted platform such a WordPress.com, Wix or Squarespace can for most people be the easiest and most straight forward way to get started with your own blog. It often takes a few clicks in order to get a pre-built solution up and running which includes a frontend and an admin dashboard where you can write and manage your content. These platforms usually also have a mature and developed plugin ecosystem which makes it a breeze to cover features such as SEO, translations and additional requirements (for example recipe cards for a cooking blog).
The steps for creating a blog using a hosted platform are pretty straight forward:
As it appears, creating a blog using hosted platforms does not take much energy and time to get started, but it usually comes at the price of a higher price tag (usually in the form of monthly or annual subscriptions). Both the platform where you are gonna create your blog is gonna cost you money but also plugins and themes can also come with a price tag.
Another downside of using a hosting platform is that you may not have as much control over some of the low-level technical aspects as you would if you would manage your own hosting - which leads us to the next way of creating a blog.
Self-hosting means to aquire and manage your own hosting for your blogging software and is often times a more budget friendly alternative to using hosted platforms. First let's swiftly go over what hosting essentially is and why doing it yourself can both have benefits and drawbacks.
When creating a self-hosted blog, you should be prepared to spend a little more time messing around with some more technical staff than if you used a blog hosting platform. This chapter will not go into too much detail on what and why when it comes to self-hosting your own blog (eg. going with shared hosting, a VPS or dedicated server). We advise that you do your own research in regards to this though still continue reading as we will still go over some of the most important tasks to go through when self-hosting.
Here are the most basic steps to take when starting a self-hosted blog:
The benefits of hosting your own blog is that you have full control over your hosting and which software is running on it. Apart from that self-hosting is usually a cheaper option rather than using managed hosting platforms and you have the option to up/downgrade your hosting plans depending on your usage.
The drawbacks to self-hosting your blog is that it requires more technical skill and can become tedious and time-consuming if you run into trouble. You also have more things to look after and is usually the one being held accountable if something goes wrong.
While this is in somewhat the same genre as the previous chapter about self-hosting your blog, creating your own blog from scratch can be a whole adventure in itself and usually is for the more brave people.
When we say creating from scratch, we of course don't mean re-inventing the wheel on everything from the bottom up. The most common ways of creating your own blog from scratch are:
Just like the previous chapter about using prebuilt software for self-hosting, creating your own frontend (and/or backend) can have financial benefits over using a managed platform. A lot of developer-oriented hosting providers such as Netlify, Heroku or Vercel offer free hosting on their lower tiers which makes it possible to set up and run a blog on a very low budget. Like previously mentioned this comes at the cost of needing a lot of technical experience and can take away a lot of time that could have been spent writing and producing content for your blog instead.
There is rarely just one solution to anything when it comes to the internet and creating your own blog definitely not one of them. With different pros and cons to each option, it is a good idea to make up with yourself and do your own research before venturing into either using a more expensive hosted platform or developing your own blog from nothing.
If you are looking for a good way to start up your very own cooking blog, we advise you to check out Wasabee, which is the quickest and most purpose-built platform for creating, managing and making your own recipes visible to the world.
Wasabee is the easiest way to get up and running with a food blog and provides both hosting and an admin panel for creating recipes.
Unlike traditional content management systems (CMS), a headless CMS comes without a frontend to consume your content and makes it possible to create your own custom frontend that uses the data of your headless CMS. A headless CMS often times also lets you define custom models and fields so that you can be flexible and in full control of your data.
The diffence between the two is that WordPress.com is a managed solution that allows you to setup a WordPress site in minutes without having set up your own hosting and blogging software. WordPress.org on the other hand is a way to download the WordPress software to be installed on your own server in order to self-host WordPress.
It can be difficult to start a blog completely for free as many hosting solutions, themes and plugins can often end up costing money. Some hosting providers offer free tiers that you can use, but staying on the free tier usually requires that your blog does not gain much traffic and has low bandwidth. Apart from the hosting there is a huge variety of free plugins and themes that can be utilized to personalize and optimize your own blog on a budget.