Here’s a list of what I use to run this food blog.
As a web hosting service, I use Bluehost. It’s the best option when you are just starting out with a great price and support 24/7. It’s nice to know that whatever issue may arise with your website you can go directly and start a chat with them to help you out.
The theme and design of my website are by Feast Design Co. they specialize in food blog theme designs used by the top food bloggers. I love their themes because they’re neat and minimal leaving enough space for the food photos to shine.
To take food photos I use a Nikkon D3400 which is one of the most affordable, great quality cameras you can find. It’s currently on offer along with a 64GB Card + Case + Flash + LED Video Light + Tripod + Tele/Wide Lens Kit which is really all you need to get started!
What took my pictures to a whole new level though is this Nikkor 35 mm lens. It takes nice and sharp photos with great depth of field. Takes awesome pictures of portraits too if you’re looking for a lens to use other than photo shooting food.
To edit my food photos I use Lightroom. It’s an Adobe program that specializes on photo editing. If you learn how to use it you’ll be able to make your photos look like they were shot by a pro. And no worries, you can find plenty of tutorials to get started online. Skyler from weeattogether.com has plenty of photography and Lightroom editing tutorials.
You may also check my article on How I Improved My Food Photography if you’re just getting started.
The recipe plugin I use on my blog is the WP Recipe Maker. I love this plugin because it takes care of everything. And most importantly it automatically formats recipes with metadata making them ready for Google search. Another thing I love about this plugin is that you can use the template editor and create your own unique recipe card that matches perfectly with the design of your website!
As a marketing tool, I use Tailwind. With this tool, you can schedule your content to be published on social media like Instagram and Pinterest. You can pick the time of day you want your content to be published and see analytics on what your audience likes. It really loosens your hands as you can spend 1 hour of your day and schedule content for a whole week! Also, Tailwind is what helped me grow from 400 visitors a day to 3000! So I highly recommend using Tailwind for promoting your blog.