WordPress is open source blog software used by many on the indieweb as well as a blog hosting service.
One of many IndieWeb Projects, WordPress is web software you can use to create a beautiful website or blog. Estimates are that WordPress powers 20% of sites for which the content management server is identifiable.
If you're interested in jumping into the IndieWeb, and you've chosen WordPress as your tool of choice, great! Here are instructions that follow the step by step, ground up approach of IndieMark.
As you complete each step, try plugging your site into indiewebify.me. It will give you instant feedback, confirming that it's working or helping you fix it if not.
If you already have a WordPress site, you can add some of the elements below.
If you do not have a site...We'll assume you already have your own personal-domain. After that, you'll need web-hosting. There are plenty of good options. WPEngine is one of the best for both beginners and advanced hackers. #WordPress.com hosting service is solid and easy to use, but limits you to pre-approved plugins and themes.
If you need help getting your WordPress site set up for the Indieweb, try the WordPress Outreach Club.
Adding Indieweb Support/Elements to a WordPress Site
Main article: Getting Started on WordPress
Many people already have a WordPress site and want to enhance it. Here are steps/plugins to add IndieWeb support to a WordPress site.
The Indieweb Plugin is a plugin that helps you install various Indieweb-themed plugins. It is designed for newcomers to quickly get up and running.
Individual articles bloggers have written about setting up their sites with indieweb support:
Security and Spam Protection
Main article: WordPress/Security
WordPress is a popular target for attacks and spam due to its popularity. It is important to keep your installation updated and take some basic steps to protect yourself.
Main article: WordPress/Plugins
There are many good WordPress plugins. Here are some recommended for Indieweb use and by Indieweb people.
The safest place to download free themes is the official Wordpress Theme Directory. A 2011 study found that almost every other source in the top 10 Google results contained malicious code (a 2014 update says the situation has improved but still recommends caution).
Once you have a theme, you'll want to add microformats 2 support if possible.
Many services will also fall back to the original microformats standard, which many WordPress themes support. Some themes support microformats or other semantics. Microformats 2 is not supported by WordPress or the majority of WordPress themes.
Rather than a theme uf2 is a plugin that attempts to add microformats2 data to an existing theme though as the author admits it is very limited and recommends using a theme that supports microformats natively.
Main article: WordPress/Development
Several projects are actively under development for use in WordPress. Plugins/themes considered complete enough for widespread use will appear on this page.
For common conventions of data storage in WordPress to ensure interoperability, see WordPress Data.
For brainstorming on development of Indieweb themes/plugins for WordPress and discussion of common conventions to ensure interoperability, see WordPress Development.
People using WordPress
Main article: WordPress/Examples
People using WordPress on their primary or other sites as well as people who formerly used WordPress.
Problems with and criticism of using WordPress software from an IndieWeb perspective.
ComplexityThe apparent complexity of using and maintaining WordPress has gotten bad enough (or people have gotten tired of it enough) to make people write plain HTML instead
@kevinmarks @t ive resorted to writing blog posts by hand (html and all!) because i hate wordpress. been looking into hakyll tho
Jetpack Requires Login
Jetpack is a popular plugin that incorporates a large number of features and services from WordPress.com into a self-hosted WordPress site.
The plugin requires a wordpress.com login. While the service provided, such as their stats service, would require a login, many of the plugin features, such as infinite scroll, contact form, etc do not. But to use any of the features, you must log in.
Security and Maintenance Vulnerability
Main article: WordPress/Security
Like any system with widespread adoption, WordPress is a target. It is important to keep your site updated with the latest version of the software and any plugins. WordPress has a limited automatic update system.
Fatal Error memory exhausted
WordPress seems to run out of memory on servers sometimes, and give a message like:
Pages can not have numeric slugs
WordPress does not allow numeric page slugs, making it difficult to set up pages representing a year, such as
POSSE to WordPress
POSSE reply to WordPress
It's possible to post a reply to a WordPress blog post on your own site, and then POSSE your reply to the WordPress blog post's comments section, as well as POSSE your reply with threading to anywhere that WordPress blog post itself was POSSEd to, e.g. Twitter.
Indie Web Examples:
Tantek reply POSSE
Tantek Çelik has started experimenting with manually POSSEing reply posts to WordPress blogs to their comment sections. E.g.:
Aaron Parecki occasionally manually POSSEs reply posts to the comments section of WordPress blogs. E.g.:
WordPress.com hosting service
Wordpress.com is a blog hosting service that runs the WordPress open source software.
Main article: WordPress.com