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How to set up web sign-in on your own domain

You must be this independent in order to contribute:

  1. you must have your own domain, and
  2. have figured out how to set up web sign-in.

Setup Instructions

1. Link to your various social profiles on your home page

On your home page, link to your profiles and add the rel="me" attribute to the links.

This may look something like the following:

<ul>
  <li><a href="https://twitter.com/aaronpk" rel="me">@aaronpk on Twitter</a></li>
  <li><a href="https://github.com/aaronpk" rel="me">Github</a></li>
  <li><a href="https://google.com/+aaronpk" rel="me">Google</a></li>
  <li><a href="mailto:me@example.com" rel="me">me@example.com</a></li>
  <li><a href="sms:+15035551212" rel="me">(503) 555-1212</a></li>
</ul>

If you don't want the links to be visible, you can use link elements in the head of your your homepage instead of visible links:

<link rel="me" href="https://twitter.com/aaronpk" />

Note that visible links are preferred over invisible data, see antipattern:invisible metadata for why.

This wiki uses indieauth.com to authenticate you. See indieauth.com for a list of which of your services it can use to log you in.

2. On each service, ensure there is a link back to your home page

You'll need to verify that each service has a link back to your home page. For convenience the "edit profile" links for all the supported services are below.

To authenticate using App.net, you’ll need to verify your domain with them.

Logging in via Persona (with an email address) and SMS don’t require you to add links anywhere, but instead verify your identity via Persona login or a short code sent to your phone, respectively.

3. You're done!

That's it! You're done! Now you can use your domain to sign in to any sites that support web sign-in!

Try Logging In to the Indiewebcamp.com Wiki


Known Issues

  • 2014-01-18: It is worth noting that, for setting up your Google+ profile, you have to add your homepage as "Other profile" rather than as (or additional to) "Contributor to" (which is needed for Google authorship).
  • …add specific issues here, along with date and solution

Why

See Why web sign-in.

See Also