Indieweb for Education

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Indieweb for Education is the application of indieweb principles to one's personal site with a particular emphasis on use cases for education, pedagogy, research, academic samizdat, and collaboration.

While the general principles of indieweb can apply to anyone's site, in an attempt to help foster the next generation of potential IndieWeb adopters who may be focused on teaching, education, and research, whether at the K-12, undergraduate, graduate, post-doc, or other levels, we're compiling some specific hints, tips, pointers, and examples which may be germane to these particular audiences to assist in their motivation and adoption.

In addition to the material below, be sure to see getting started, which is an excellent place to start for all people.


Naturally any project could be used for educational or research purposes, but the following either are geared toward the academic/research spaces, or are heavily used by them and have a relatively rich ecosystem of additional functionality or plugins to expand their use specifically toward these areas. New users, particularly those of generations 2+ who may not be programmers/developers by nature may be advised to take a look at one or more of these for their base functionality.


Main article: Known

The Known CMS was built as an opensource Indieweb project from the ground up, but the business side of the project is geared toward the education market, thus making it a convenient choice, particularly for classroom and collaborative use. Known's education specific page has some great motivation for using indieweb in learning and research environments.

Topics Getting Started with Known
Content Plugins VideoRecipeReviewsFoodWatchingReactionsJournal
Syndication plugins TwitterFacebookFlickrFoursquareLinkedInSoundCloudLinkedIn (alternate)WordPressTumblrDiigoGithubKnown
System and Security HTML Output sanitisationTwo Factor AuthenticationSitemap.xmlBitly URL shortenerOAuth2 ServerNIST PasswordsAkismet
Import and Export Flickr ImportFile PickerMoves Import
Misc plugins Chrome ExtensionGist SupportUserColorsPushoverKnownTracksMarkdownInstagramShimLightboxEmoji renderingShort ProfileCleverdevil CustomizationsMastodonEmbed
Themes Han Shot FirstMaterialNature
Assistance Join the #indieweb chatIRC and other chat optionsKnown channelKnown Dev Google GroupOfficial DocumentationDevelopment on Github


Main article: WordPress

WordPress is a commonly used CMS in general, but there is a large and engaged community of educators, researchers using it for a variety of academic specific plugins and functionality.


The list below isn't specifically indieweb related, but are plugins, some with an indieweb flavor, which people interested in these areas may find useful.


Topics Getting Started on WordPressAdvanced WordPress Set UpPluginsThemesExamplesWordPress with BridgyDevelopmentDataSecurity
Primary Plugins Indieweb PluginWebmentionSemantic LinkbacksMicropubIndieAuthPost KindsSyndication LinksWebSub plugins
POSSE Plugins Social Network Auto PosterJetPack PublicizeBridgy Publish pluginWP CrosspostTumblr CrosspostrMediumDiasposter
PESOS Plugins Keyring Social ImportersDsgnWrks Twitter ImporterDsgnWrks Instagram Importer
Other Plugins Webmention for (Threaded) CommentsIndieWeb Press ThisWordPress uf2OpenIDSimple LocationIndieweb ActionsPressForwardYarns Indie ReaderWhisperFollowblogroll2email
Themes SemPress • (SemPress Child Themes: SemPress Lite, SenPress, and Index) • ZenPressIndependent Publishermf2_s
Assistance Join the #indieweb chatIRC and other chat optionsWordPress Outreach ClubTroubleshooting TipsWordPress channel
See Also WordPress related wiki pagesWordPress.comAWS Tutorial


Main article: Omeka

Omeka is a CMS built on a LAMP stack and designed for scholars, museums, libraries, archives, and enthusiasts to create complex narratives,share rich collections, research, exhibits, and digital projects.

Domain of One's Own

Main article: A Domain of One's Own

A Domain of One's Own (or DoOO) is a project at University of Mary Washington that allows students, faculty, and staff to register their own domain name and associate it with a hosted web space, free of charge. With their Domain and corresponding web space, users will have the opportunity and flexibility to design and create a meaningful and vibrant digital presence.


Main article: Grav

Grav is a flat-file CMS built on PHP, with Twig templating, and YAML + Markdown for storing articles (YAML for metadata, Markdown for the content).

Paul Hibbitts has some Grav related resources available with regard to education.

MLA Commons

MLA Commons is a scholarly network for MLA members. Users can discover the latest open-access scholarship and teaching materials, join language and literature discussion groups, build a WordPress Web site for a class or conference—or to showcase your own work—and grow your readership by uploading materials to CORE, our open-access repository. This is a growing "open" network in academia that allows for Gen2+ users an easy way to create websites (particularly WordPress based sites), generally for academic purposes.

  • Its flexibility compared to self-hosted WordPress may be limited, but it could be a simple way to join a larger network of academics for additional work related functionality.
  • An inexpensive MLA Membership is required for full functionality on the platform. Compared to domain registration and hosting, the cost becomes a net positive when bundled with their other services.
  • Set up is fairly similar to or EduBlogs in terms of site flexibility, though it does provide interaction with a large network of other academics.
  • No support for webmentions (yet)
  • Not all themes properly support microformats


ScholarlyHub intends to be a paid platform to allow people, especially teachers and researchers, to own their own content and data and share it freely. While not specifically identifying as IndieWeb, many of their core philosophies are very IndieWeb-centric. In early 2018, they are attempting to raise €500,000 by 2018-31-07 to build what looks like a Gen2+ platform.

Your donation will help launch a new scholarly social network which is entirely non-profit, member-run and open access. ScholarlyHub will not trade in users' data, will protect scholars’ independence from conglomerate publishers’ market-oriented needs, and will make scholarship visible and accessible across disciplines and throughout the world.

Science Sites

Science Sites, Inc. is a Massachusetts 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization which was founded and directed by science writers to bring a journalistic approach to content strategy and website creation. Their goal is to "help scientists and scientific organizations engage with new media and best showcase and share their work online."

They believe that:

"Too many brilliant researchers with too much important research have no acceptable web presence. We believe that improving how their work is represented online will bring greater attention to their research and advance the public's appreciation and understanding of science."
  • Websites appear to be based on the SquareSpace platform
  • They provide hosting and maintenance and do charge for building sites for clients apparently in the $1K+ budget range
  • Their target market is for Gen2+ people.

Indieweb Examples

A group of people closely identified with the areas of research, teaching, academia, other:

Twitter List of Indieweb Participants related to the education space.


People working in the space and at least tangentially knowledgeable or aware of indieweb:

People are heartily encouraged to look into the depth and breadth of other examples on the pages spanning the remainder of the wiki.

Group Teaching Examples

Related Conferences

Articles relating to Indieweb and Academe

Resources related to teaching/pedagogy/research

See Also