Getting Started on the IndieWeb
Perhaps you relate to all the reasons why you should be on the indie web but you're not sure how.
Here are a few simple steps you can take to get you on your way to being on the indie web. Each of these steps is a just a bit more challenging and will make you a bit more indie.
Zeroeth, connect with indie web experts and pioneers:
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.
Main article: personal-domain
First, you need your own personal online identity:
Why? All the reasons listed in why. This is the key first step to joining the indieweb.
Bonus: get your own personal short domain name
A Place For Your Stuff
Second you need a place for your stuff.
The easier, free, but limited path is to use a free service as Transitional Steps.
However what you really should do is get your own web hosting provider.
Sign up for web hosting
Domain sign-in and Contact info
Third, write a simple home page with links to your other profiles and your contact info marked up in h-card.
Upload a simple HTML index.html home page to get started with your hCard and rel="me" links to all your other social network profiles.
Main article: How to set up web sign-in on your own domain
Advantages: while you're not sharing your content on your own site (yet),
This is a small but important step to declaring your independence from content silos.
Fourth, set up content publishing on your domain.
Main article: permashortlinks
Optional: set up your personal URL shortener.
Why? A personal short domain is key to creating permashortlinks which help:
Publish (on your) Own Site, Syndicate Elsewhere
Set up syndication so copies of your Indie Web 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.
Add h-entry to your posts
Add the h-entry microformat markup to your posts.
Why: this will enable post information discovery on your permalinks, which is useful for a variety of things. Right away other indieweb sites will be able to recognize comments, likes, and reposts from your site and display reply contexts for your posts. All you have to do is 1) link to their post somewhere in your h-entry and 2) let them know you've written a response, of course. Some sites let you send them a link directly (usually via a form in the comments area). For others, you can use IndieWebify.me's webmention sender to send out the notifications (webmentions) for you.
Check Your Site
Test your markup with the Microformats Parser and make sure what you see in the JSON output matches your posts.
Check your site with indiewebify.me.
Port old silo content to your site
Optional: once you're setup with 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 another indiewebcamp wiki
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