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New Survey of Simplest Way to Have an Indie Site was a session at IndieWebCamp SF 2019.

Notes archived from: https://etherpad.indieweb.org/simplest

IndieWebCamp SF 2019
Session: New Survey of Simplest Way to Have an Indie Site
When: 2019-12-07 14:30



  • How do we setup and build a site with ease?
  • There are many academics who want to host and hack their own stuff. We need to target them and make it easier for them upload content.
    • In a portion of academia there is the A Domain of One's Own aka DoOO which is broadly run by Reclaim Hosting, who tested it out of University of Mary Washington
  • What is considered an indie web site?
    • depends on your use-case
    • Starts with a domain and ownership/control of one's URLs


Steps to setup a site

Minimum set of requirements so you can connect with others in the indie web community.

  • Register domain
  • Hosting
  • Authentication
    • Twitter
    • Github
  • Add Content

Persuasive reasons to setup your own site

  • Own your own content independently of third party silos
  • Aggregate content from multiple sites to draw traffic to personal site
  • Keep all of your content in one location

Two ways to use the indie web

  • Post on your site and then publish on third party sites
  • Publish somewhere else first, then use third party APIs to pull into your own personal site
  • Negatives
    • If you're not on their site they will shut down
    • There is GDPR
  • Microblogging

Wants something as simple as Github pages to sign up and create content

Is Indie Web at scale a thing? Do we want to grow the indie web?

  • The core of the indie web community is building things for themselves, but how do we create a user-friendly experience for a big audience
  • The number of people who have indie web sites who are non-technical is small
  • Interested to see how we can grow the indie web beyond technical people
    • Greg Greg McVerry will be using Known sites and Glitch with middle school and high school students
    • Teach the non technical to be technical


  • Come up with a simple way to set people up without reading the instructions, create a guided tutorial
    • Ben tried to do this with KNOWN


  • Host photographs on your own personal site, take a small slice of the indie web, post your pics in a way that you have a full record in everything you ever took
    • people at the lego league challenge were blown away by ability to post videos and pics... Good idea
  • Connect with local art organizations. Many artists sick of Etsy/Instagram...Teach them to build their own

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