IndieWeb Twenty Fifteen Theme

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IndieWeb Twenty Fifteen Theme or iwtwentyfifteen is an IndieWeb friendly forked version of the annual WordPress Twenty Fifteen theme that has improved support for microformats version 2. It is a relatively clean, simple, and responsive design which is well suited for use as a personal website.

Child Theme

It is recommended, but not necessary, that one use this theme in conjunction with a child theme so you can make your own changes and customizations if necessary.

IndieWeb Examples


Microformats 2

Rough outline of the changes from the original:

  • Modified the header.php file to remove the erroneous hfeed microformat that was being put on all pages.
  • Changed the archive.php page to add h-feed and hfeed to create the appropriate feed pages (I need to doublecheck this in an actual reader, but it looks good on the page and seems to parse properly.)
  • In the functions.php file, I’ve wrapped the_content in e-content, wrapped the_excerpt in p-summary
  • In the functions.php file, I’ve added a filter that will add h-entry to the correct place.
  • The meta data section of posts created by inc/template-tags.php has been modified to provide an h-card on posts. While not shown visually on the page, if users have a gravatar associated with their user account, it should be found by parsers and is able to be displayed when leaving responses on others' sites.

Thanks to improved microformats support, this theme should be more compatible than most for use with Bridgy and particular publish functionality. The Syndication Links plugin is a simple way to enable Bridgy publish functionality, if desired.


The function.php file has a snippet for automatically approving Webmentions. This can be commented out for those who may have spam issues in the future.


  • The footer includes badges to show support for IndieWeb and Microformats. If one adds the Webmention plugin, a line at the bottom of the footer.php file can be uncommented to reveal the Webmention badge as well.

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This theme is still compatible with the WordPress customizer and has a few built-in options for changing the theme's colors as well as adding header and background images to personalize it to one's taste.

To do list

  • For better Syndication Links plugin compatibility, move the syndication links meta into /inc/template-tags.php
  • For better Simple Location compatibility, move the Simple Location meta output into /inc/template-tags.php
  • If/then statement in footer.php to check for Webmention support to automatically show that badge which is currently commented out.
  • Code for declaring microformats support to other plugins?

See Also

Topics Getting Started on WordPressAdvanced WordPress Set UpPluginsThemesExamplesWordPress with BridgyDevelopmentDataSecurity
Primary Plugins Indieweb PluginWebmentionSemantic LinkbacksMicropubIndieAuthPost KindsSyndication LinksWebSub plugins
POSSE Plugins Syndication LinksSocial Network Auto PosterJetPack PublicizeWP CrosspostTumblr CrosspostrDiasposterMastodon AutopostBridgy Publish plugin (deprecated) • Medium (deprecated)
PESOS Plugins Keyring Social ImportersDsgnWrks Twitter ImporterDsgnWrks Instagram Importer
Other Plugins ActivityPub PluginAperture Refback pluginIndieWeb Press ThisWordPress MF2 Feeds PluginWordPress uf2OpenIDSimple LocationParse ThisIndieweb ActionsPressForwardYarns Indie ReaderWhisperFollowblogroll2emailWebmention for (Threaded) Comments (deprecated)
Themes SemPress • (SemPress Child Themes: SemPress Lite, SenPress, and Index) • AutonomieIndependent PublisherIndieWeb Publishermf2_sTwenty Sixteen IndieWeb-friendly forkIndieWeb Twenty Fifteen ThemeDoublescores
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