Cucumbertown is the world’s only food blogging platform. Its not just a food blogging platform, but also a livelihood source for bloggers. Well, that rings bells now. Doesn’t it?
Here’s a food blog on Cucumbertown. You can start a food blog like this, write posts, recipes etc. And it’s free. Without any costs.
The heart of Cucumbertown’s is a rich set of tools like RecipeWriter that’s intricately woven together to make the experience extremely simple. And of course beautiful. If you are not a food blogger, you can follow food bloggers and get their updates. You can even view all this in a beautiful feed.
When you start getting serious about food blogging, Cucumbertown has a dashboard and analytics tools that’s incredibly powerful.
How much does it cost to port my blog to Cucumbertown?
It’s absolutely free of cost, if you decide to retain your existing theme or choose from one of our available themes. If you want a custom theme done for you then, it will depend on how much the designer will charge.
What will happen to my subscribers in Blogger / Wordpress?
All users who have subscribed to your Blogger/Wordpress blog through emails will be migrated to your Cucumbertown powered blog as followers.
What will happen to the traffic to my old blog?
It will remain unaffected. All the traffic will be redirected to the blog hosted by Cucumbertown. The redirection will happen only after full verification and approval by the author.
Do the urls change? If yes What will happen to the old recipe urls that I posted in social networks and indexed by Google?
Yes the urls would change. This is because the way urls are generated on blogger or wordpress is different from the way the urls are generated by Cucumbertown. The old urls will remain unaffected and will be redirected to the right post. So the traffic from earlier promotions on social media will not be affected. The new URL’s will look something like this: www.indugetscooking.com/chicken-in-oyster-sauce-recipe. If your old URL’s conform to this standard, there will be no change.
Can I make changes to the theme ? Can I configure the blog theme myself?
Changes can be made to theme only upon request to the design team.This may however change in the future and themes will become customisable by the author.
What if I want to migrate my blog without any changes to the existing theme?
We can pretty much port your existing theme without much change. In fact, creating a new theme is a lot of work; as much work as creating a new website. Page load time is one of our major concerns and we also focus a lot on making the themes mobile responsive. Once all the aspects come together we can port the blog with the current theme.
The blog is going to be hosted free of cost, so may how do you plan to cover your cost of doing this?
Here’s how we are going to be doing this. We are going to monetize the majority of the blogs hosted by us and make this into a livelihood for the author. The platform takes the cut of the revenue (like Google Adsense, YouTube etc.) and we live off it. This is a bit like the way Gmail, YouTube etc. work. Since we will be monetizing a majority of the blogs, we will also able to buffer supporting blogs that want to remain free (that’s how wordpress, tumblr, blogger etc. work).
Can you give me some details about how you would be monetizing my blog and how I would benefit from this? I am assuming that one model would be through banner ads on the blog. If this is the case, would I have control over the ads that can be displayed on my blog?
Monetizing food blogs is our primary goal. In the next 4 months we’ll be focusing on banner ads, affiliates and a bit of premium content.
When it comes to banner ads, you won’t be able to choose the type of ad. This is primarily because we are tying up with ad networks and don’t have choices around it. They put in ads based on their inventory. You can of course choose not to put ads at all.
What would happen to my blog if Cucumbertown decides to close down?
We are part of Cookpad, the largest recipe network in the world and worth over 2 billion USD. So the chances are pretty slim :-)
But if this ever happens you’ll be able to download a standard XML dump of all the webpages with all the content including comments that you’ll be able to port to another blogging platform. It should be pretty easy except for the specific features that are targeted at food blogging.
What would you expect from me and my blog in return for hosting my blog?
Pretty much nothing. Blogger does not expect anything from you. Nor does Gmail.
But we do want our bloggers to grow. Increase their traffic. And one day monetize. We’ll provide tools, analytics etc. Our success lies in making this a livelihood for the blogger. If you choose not to, its fine with us too :-)
Can I expect reliable and reasonably quick tech support service? Is the tech support service based in India?
Expect tech support like you would with any other web service. But we are not a bespoke services agency doing custom tech work. We respond around the clock to most issues and ensure up time, bugs, feature request etc.
The tech team is in Bangalore.
Do you have limits regarding space and bandwidth for food blogs on Cucumbertown?
Would you require me to pay for any service connected to my blog in the future?
Not for any of the services being provided currently. But in the future when we have premium features, say Advanced Analytics, that give suggestions on content to write or CDN features to make you site very fast , it will come at a cost. But none of the existing salient features on the site will be paid. Like blogger, wordpress etc.
Do you have provisions for backing up or would I have to do that elsewhere?
We have an internal mechanism to backup the blogs with several redundancy layers. So you can ensure your data is pretty safe.
Regarding my blog, if I make the shift then will I lose anything from my blog in terms of content? Would all the matter on my blog be reconfigured automatically to fit the new look?
Do you host only food blogs? I'm asking because I have a domain for my photography portfolio which is now hosted elsewhere and I am looking to move it. Would I be able to add that on?
Yes. Only food blogs. That’s the niche that we pretty good at. So expect features like this: Calorimeter on top on recipes, servings meter, ingredient substitute, bookmarking for recipes (for audience), ingredient name localizer etc. These are very specific things for food blogging and don’t apply to other verticals.
How do I get a domain?
You can purchase a domain name on sites like Name.com, Namecheap, Go Daddy etc and have it hosted by Cucumbertown. If you have any doubts regarding this write to us at chef [at] cucumbertown.com. We will be happy to help.
Once I get a domain name, how do I point to Cucumbertown?
Once you have a domain name , go to the Settings tab on your Cucumbertown account. Copy and paste or type in the domain name under Domain Configuration. This way you will have your own domain hosted by Cucumbertown. In case of any difficulty, you can also reach out to us on chef [at] cucumbertown.com.
Can I have a blog without a domain name? What about hosting?
You can have a blog on a Cucumbertown subdomain. It will be like this: your-blog-name.cucumbertown.com. And hosting for all blogs is free of cost and handled by Cucumbertown.
What's up with the name Cucumbertown?
It happens to every single one of us. In between our hectic schedules, jumping from one meeting to the next, in a busy world where we are meeting people but rarely understanding them, all it takes is a moment.
A moment, which slows us down, and removes our masks. Which strips us down and makes us vulnerable.
It could be the way someone talked, the way someone laughed, or the smell of rain on green grass. It could be the smell of hot coffee on a really cold day, or it could be a phone call from someone long past.
We believe all these moments take us to a happy place, a place where everyone knows everybody. Where everyone talks with a smile on their faces and time comes to a standstill.
You might call it nostalgia. We call it Cucumbertown. Welcome to our journey.