There are a lot of great tools out there to help you be a better food blogger. I want to share some of the resources that I have found and that I use! Remember, just because it is a great fit for me, that does not mean it will be a great fit for you, but I hope that some of these may help you.
Before you get started, you will need to secure hosting, and while there are a lot of companies out there offering all kinds of deals, cheaper is not always better. I use Blue Host for SimpleFood365 because they offer the flexibility and stability that we need. There are a lot of options with Blue Host, including shared hosting, VPS hosting, and private servers. You have to decide what is right for you but I’m using a VPS and love the speed and support that comes with it. Give them a try or take a minute and check out their site for details about the programs and see if they are a good fit for you! For me, they have been a great solution but not everybody has the same needs. If you do head over there, click the link here. (I get a little bonus when you do and that helps pay for this site.)
Food Blogger Pro has been one of the best resources I have ever had. Joining so many other food bloggers there, I have been able to learn and share information that benefits the entire community. The classes and deals they offer are great, and without a doubt worth the cost of the monthly subscription. If you are looking for one thing to get started with, this is the one I recommend above all else! Connect, learn, and share with the bloggers that are trying to build their sites just like you are.
Tailwind is one of the easiest ways to schedule your pins on Pinterest. The platform includes a great set of tools that allow you to track pins, repins, comments, and more. I use it to schedule many of the pins from the site to the group boards I contribute to as well as to pin to my own boards. This is a tool that I don’t have to use, but it saves so much time that it is entirely worth the monthly cost of $15.00 — and Food Blogger Pro offers a discount code for it if you are a member!
HootSuite is one of the tools I use the most here. It allows me to consolidate all the social media in one place and monitor the interaction with users better. The platform allows you to schedule posts to Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and Instagram. And with a plugin from Tailwind, you can even monitor, edit, and schedule pins for Pinterest through the dashboard.
Of all the tools I use, this one is a favorite. You can start free (with up to three social profiles), and there is a 30-day free trial of HootSuite Pro that you can try. Give it a look if you want a scheduling solution for social media.
Theme and Framework
This website is built on WordPress and Powered by the Genesis Framework from StudioPress Themes. The Foodie Pro Theme was built by Shay Bocks and is a theme used by many food blogs because it is very clean, easy to use, and versatile. The support is good and it works well with the Genesis Framework, so for a reasonable amount of money, you can get both and set up a great blog right out of the box!