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