2021/homepage

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2021 homepage is an expansion of the 2019/homepage project, a proposal to update some language and layout on the homepage to address identified barriers and reach various audiences, incorporate the three-way-entry route into the IndieWeb as per the 2019 proposal, and add more visual elements.

Why Update the Homepage

Desired Outcomes for the Community

  • Visitors rethink their approach to using the web and consider what a better web would look like
  • More people of all skill levels follow IndieWeb practices
  • More people of all skill levels and disciplines attend IndieWeb events
  • More developers build their own IndieWeb friendly projects
  • More developers contribute to existing IndieWeb projects and specifications
  • More people contribute to the wiki
  • Recruit more diverse participants, especially women and non-binary people, people of color, and non-developers
  • Maintain inclusive, respectful community and conversations
  • Add other desired goals...

Goals for the Homepage

  • Clearly explain what the IndieWeb is
  • Make the case for why the Indie Web
  • Make it clear how people can participate in various aspects of the Indie Web:
    • How they can go IndieWeb for their own web presence
    • How they can contribute to building the IndieWeb
    • How they can participate in IndieWeb conversations and meet other people in the IndieWeb
  • Provide entry points to the wiki
  • Promote upcoming IndieWeb events
  • Show some people who participate in the IndieWeb as social proof, a way for those interested to "dive in" to examples of IndieWeb websites, and demonstrate that it’s actively used
  • Add other goals for the homepage...

Goals of Proposal

  • Make homepage more welcoming to non-developers (while still welcoming developers)
  • Incorporate "three tiers" options for getting started from 2019/homepage project
  • Provide a little more context and explanation of the IndieWeb and ensure key info is clear upfront, before sending people into the wiki, events, and chat
  • Reduce the friction of getting started
  • Address barriers to participation
  • Use more inviting language and replace niche terms like "selfdogfood"
  • Add more graphics / visuals to the homepage to make it more visually engaging
  • Add other current goals for updating website...

Barriers to IndieWeb Participation

  • Awareness of the IndieWeb
  • Perceived difficulty of joining / implementing
  • Lack of clarity around what "joining the IndieWeb" entails
  • No single path / plug and play option
  • Possible perception that it’s "for" or mostly developers
  • Add other barriers to participation...

Who's It For and What Do They Need

Audience of Homepage

Developers

Developers who are interested in building their own projects and/or contributing need to:

  • understand how the IndieWeb is different from other projects they may have encountered (specifics?)
  • understand how they can make their own website IndieWeb friendly
  • learn about IndieWeb standards, protocols, and tools, and how they can create their own or contribute to existing ones
  • see examples of IndieWeb websites and projects by other developers
  • Add other needs...

Bloggers and hobbyists

Bloggers and website hobbyists who already have their own website (self-hosted or using a service like wordpress.com) but are interested in owning their identity across the web need to:

  • understand what the IndieWeb is and the benefits of participating
  • learn how they can update their current website to be IndieWeb friendly
  • learn how to use a CMS such as Wordpress to set up an IndieWeb friendly website
  • see other people using the IndieWeb at their skill level
  • Add other needs...

Social media users

Social media users who are fed up with Facebook and Twitter and other silos owning their content, but don't have their own website yet need to:

  • understand what the IndieWeb is and the benefits of participating
  • learn how they can use a service such as Micro.blog to get started quickly
  • see other people using the IndieWeb at their skill level
  • Add other needs...

Businesses

Businesses or organizations who are considering making their project Indie Web friendly need to:

  • understand what the IndieWeb is and why their sites / tools / projects should support it
  • learn what would be needed to be IndieWeb friendly
  • see other businesses and organizations that support the IndieWeb
  • Add other needs...

Add other key audiences...

Proposed Homepage Text (Draft 1: 2021-06-26)

[ NOTE: links, formatting and graphics to come in next draft ]

Control your identity. Own your content. Escape corporate silos.

When you post something on the web, it should belong to you, not a corporation. With the IndieWeb, you can stay connected with your friends and family, and break free of corporate sites that treat you like a product and don’t care about your personal information.

The IndieWeb is a people-centered alternative to the corporate web

The IndieWeb is a community of people who use their individual personal website as their primary place to publish and primary identity for interacting with others online. Read more →

Why join the IndieWeb?

  • Control your experience on the web and connect with people on your terms.
  • Post what you want, when you want, without being hidden by the algorithm or censored.
  • Send people to your own website instead of third-party sites.
  • Own your content, so you won’t lose it if (when) a company goes out of business.
  • More reasons to join the IndieWeb →

How does the Indie Web work?

You use your own website as your home base on the internet. Instead of posting directly on social media platforms, post on your own site. Then, syndicate the content to the sites you want so people you’re connected with there can read it. Their comments get sent back to your website, so you have a complete record.

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Who’s the Indie Web for?

There’s a place for everyone in the Indie Web! The IndieWeb is a diverse, inclusive community of people from around the world with a broad range of skills and interests, united by the vision of a better web and the goal to control our own content.

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Go Indie

Publish your content on your own website, and syndicate elsewhere (POSSE) to reach your connections. IndieWeb offers standards and tools to let you build your own home on the web.

  • Want something that just works without a lot of tinkering? Get going in minutes with an IndieWeb-friendly service.
  • Want to personalize your home on the web without coding? Use an IndieWeb-friendly CMS on your own domain. (Or, IndieWebify your existing Wordpress install.)
  • Want to build your own site? Integrate IndieWeb principles and standards into your own website.

[ Visually, envision having these side by side in colored blocks with a little icon for each ]

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  • IndieWeb principles

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Translations

Use current text.

Questions / feedback about draft text

  • It's probably too long - are there any sections that are less essential to have on the homepage and would fit better on another internal page?
  • Is the description of what the IndieWeb is useful and accurate?
  • Does this feel like a good representation of what the community is all about?
  • What's missing from the current homepage that needs to be kept front and center?

Potential Graphics

  • People - if we're going to call ourselves a people-centric web we really should show some people ;) Could take a variety of forms like:
    • Static grid image including a lot of people
    • 3-5 "Testimonial" style features showcasing individuals (opt-in of course) with a quote about why they like the Indie Web - could be swapped out periodically but that takes maintenance ;)
    • More prominent / larger photo of IndieWebCamp
    • Facepile of a lot of people with links to their websites (opt-in)
    • Set of mini-testimonial/quotes - like how some websites pull in tweets from people using their products
    • Add other suggestions for showing people...
  • Visualization of how the IndieWeb works on an individual level - could be more conceptual and decorative, or specific with visual representation of how a tweet could be syndicated to Twitter and replies synced back, etc.
  • Visualization of how the IndieWeb works on a broader scale - many individual websites communicating with each other - I think this would be better at a more conceptual level - could also use a mushroom and hyphae graphic if shrooms win the mascot pick
  • Logo soup of IndieWeb friendly businesses (like in current footer but could do it in color / higher up / include non-sponsors)
  • Three icons representing the three "routes" for having an IndieWeb website - with a mushroom mascot could use three different mushrooms of different types and colors, or a single mushroom up to a huge bunch, or zooming out from a single mushroom to a mushroom on a log to a broader forest scene (maybe even with fungus underground)
  • Embedded video intro to the IndieWeb (is that possible?)
  • Sidescroller collection of website features to help people check out examples in practice (is that possible?)
  • Add other graphic ideas...

Contributors

  • Tracy Durnell - happy to contribute writing and create graphics, but would want input / review by others (especially organizers and developers), and don't know the capabilities and limitations of wiki layout and content well so would appreciate help on that front
    • thoughts above are coming from my background in marketing and social marketing, plus my own experience last year visiting the website for the first time and coming to understand what the IndieWeb is and does
    • I am not a developer so I had to guess what the goals there are
    • I’ve tried to reflect what I’ve heard from coming to IndieWeb conversations but am a relative newcomer and don’t have a great understanding of all the "infrastructure" of the IndieWeb
  • Add yourself here… (see this for more details)

Next Steps

  1. Make sure the barriers, audience and goals accurately reflect what the community wants – is this the appropriate audience and pitch for the current time?
  2. Identify most important info to include and pages to link to
  3. Get feedback on and revise the draft text

See also