Getting Started on the Indieweb
Perhaps you relate to all the reasons why you should be on the indieweb, but you're not sure how to get there.
Here are a few simple steps you can take to get you on your way to being on the indieweb. Each of these steps is a just a bit more challenging and will give you more independence.
Join our chat room to connect with other indieweb people who have a variety of experience:
Why? This step alone will help you quickly get questions answered about next steps. It's not required, but will almost certainly accelerate your progress.
Get a personal domain
Main article: personal-domain
You need your own personal domain to serve as your online identity:
Why? All the reasons listed in why. This is the key first step to joining the indieweb.
Get a place for your content
You need a place for your content.
The easier, free — but limited — path is to use a free service as described in Transitional Steps.
However, ideally you should get your own web hosting provider.
Sign up for web hosting
You can also self-host on your own server. Interesting to hobbyists are the many Small Computers available that can be used as servers, including Raspberry Pi, Beaglebone Black, Intel Galileo, and a host of other small, low-power computers.
Set up your home page and web sign-in
Main article: How to set up web sign-in on your own domain
Create and upload a simple
The website http://indiewebify.me/validate-rel-me/ has a handy tool to validate that your domain name and profiles are linked together correctly.
Why? This ensures that it is easy to see that your profile on the social networks are all the same person as your domain name. This will also allow you to sign in to sites that support IndieAuth — like this wiki!
The website http://indiewebify.me/validate-h-card/ has a handy tool to validate your h-card.
Why? When you publish content, you can link back to your home page using rel-author and your authorship information can be retrieved from the h-card.
Advantages: While you are not yet publishing content on your own site, at this point you have:
These are small but important steps to declaring your independence from content silos.
Publish content on your domain
Browse the indieweb projects page, pick one, and install it.
Add microformats to your content
Add the h-entry microformat markup to your posts.
The website http://indiewebify.me/validate-h-entry/ has a handy tool to validate your h-entry.
Why? This will allow other people's software to easily read and understand your content. This is useful for a variety of things like recognizing comments, likes, reposts, and displaying reply-contexts for your posts.
Publish (on your) Own Site, Syndicate Elsewhere
Main article: POSSE
Set up syndication so copies of your IndieWeb content can be published (semi-automatically) to social silos. By setting up POSSE, you can have your posts pushed to specific silos with a personal permalink/permashortlink or citation identifier back to the original on your own site.
Why? By POSSEing your content to silos, you allow those that read content on those silos to continue seeing what you have to say, while you retain ownership and control of your content on your own site.
Remember: Incremental progress is OK and encouraged! POSSE does not have to be totally automatic to be effective. If there is not a pre-existing plugin for your platform, try simply posting on your site and sharing to silos manually (include a link back to the original). This will help you figure out what works for you and what is worth the effort to automate.
Optional / Bonus Steps
Port old silo content to your site
Once you are posting on your own site and POSSE'ing out content to social silos, port your old silo content to your own site with permalinks on your site. Typically this involves a one-time export and batch import process. Here are some popular social content silos:
Set up a personal URL shortener
Main article: permashortlinks