WordPress and the IndieWeb



Ongoing WordPress

Maintenance and Support

Web Hosting Platform



The Explosion of Social Media

Centralized Platform Domination

One Way Data Sharing

Decentralization & Distribution

Types of Networks

Truong, Nguyen & Jayasinghe, Upul & Um, Tai-Won & Lee, Gyu Myoung. (2016). A Survey on Trust Computation in the Internet of Things. THE JOURNAL OF KOREAN INSTITUTE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION SCIENCES (J-KICS). 33. 10-27. 


What is the IndieWeb?

The IndieWeb is a community of individual personal websites, connected by simple standards, based on the principles of owning your domain, using it as your primary identity, to publish on your own site (optionally syndicate elsewhere), and own your data.

tech.lgbt - lgbtqia+ Mastodon Instance

PixelFed - Decentralized Instagram

The Four Freedoms


IndieMark Level 1

  • #ownyourdata #ownyouridentity
  • personal website
  • usable for sign-in
  • original, searchable content

Freedom of Form & Function

IndieMark Level 2

  • post notes and POSSE
  • h-card contact info
  • POSSE to silos
  • navigate across posts on site

MiCroFormats2 & h-card

<p class="h-card vcard p-note">
    Howdy, I'm <a class="u-url p-name" href="https://davidwolfpaw.com">David Wolfpaw</a>, a web developer and troublemaker. I handled WordPress maintenance and support via <a class="url fn org" href="https://fixupfox.com/">FixUpFox</a>, and speak, write, and consult about WordPress, business processes, and productivity.
    <link href="https://github.com/davidwolfpaw" rel="me">
    <link href="https://twitter.com/DavidWolfpaw" rel="me">

Owning Your Content

Publish Yourself & Syndicate

IndieMark Level 3

  • post replies and send webmentions
  • publish reply posts
  • syndicate reply posts

Publish Reply Posts

Syndicate Reply Posts

IndieMark Level 4

  • receive and display comments
  • automated webmentions
  • multiple response types
  • RSVP to events without silos

Get External Interactions

IndieMark Level 5

  • comments CRUD
  • all of Level 4
  • sending webmentions down to replies
  • currently not possible with most platforms

Getting Started with IndieWeb

  • Getting your own domain and hosting
  • Setting up a WordPress site
  • IndieAuth, Webmentions, microformats2
  • Linking to profiles online with rel="me"
  • Linking back where possible

Continuing with IndieWeb

  • Backfill your content published elsewhere
  • Post to your site, then publish elsewhere 
  • Provide for replies via Webmentions
  • Set up Micropub to manage your content

WordPress and the IndieWeb: Why You Should Own Your Voice

By David Wolfpaw

WordPress and the IndieWeb: Why You Should Own Your Voice

WordPress can be used to start a blog, make a site for a club, or power a business, large or small. WordPress can also be used as a way to document your life, and save important things for later. You can bridge WordPress to other parts of the web that you use to store all of your data in one place, without having to worry about an app, hardware maker, or social media site going out of business and taking all of your content with it. I considered myself an interloper into the IndieWeb movement, until I realized that the movement — just like the technology that powers it — is decentralized. My habit of copying data created on other sites, as well as creating a website for my lifelogging, is part of what this community is about. Come learn about how you can use WordPress to power and amplify your voice online, and reclaim the web from the walled gardens for the user!

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