Tutorial Set up an Indie Website using Known on Amazon Web Services

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In this tutorial, we will walk through every single step to set up a full-featured Indie Website in the Amazon Web Services cloud. We will be using Known, a web application that is natively aware of the Indie Web.

Some of this tutorial might look a little geeky, but we are documenting every step and you should be able to follow through without problems even if you are not a geek.

You will need: You will get:
  • A Macintosh, Linux or Windows computer with a web browser.
  • About an hour of time.
  • A small budget:
    • hosting by Amazon is likely free for one year, less than $10 per month thereafter
    • domain name varies, often $8.00 to $17.00 per year.
  • An Indie Website you control at the domain name of your choosing.
  • Secured by HTTPS.
  • Running on the Amazon cloud.
  • That syndicates all of your posts to Facebook and Twitter, and pulls comments people make there back on your site.


Here is what we will be doing:

  1. Tutorial: Find and purchase a great domain name for your site
  2. Tutorial: Sign up for an Amazon Web Services account
  3. Tutorial: Set up a new Amazon cloud server, and log in
  4. Tutorial: Set up DNS so your new domain name points to your website
  5. Tutorial: Install Known
  6. Tutorial: Configure Known to your liking
  7. Tutorial: Write your first Known post and syndicate it out

Click on the first item, and work your way down! Before you know it, you'll be on the Indie Web.

Additional Resources

For additional information on Known please see any of the following pages:

Topics Getting Started with Known
Content Plugins VideoRecipeReviewsFoodWatchingReactionsJournalRead
Syndication plugins TwitterFacebookFlickrFoursquareLinkedInSoundCloudLinkedIn (alternate)WordPressTumblrDiigoGithubKnown CrosspostDiasporaIRCIndieSyndicatePinboardArchive.org/WayBackMachinePnut.ioMastodon
System and Security HTML Output sanitisationTwo Factor AuthenticationSitemap.xmlBitly URL shortenerOAuth2 ServerNIST PasswordsAkismetMatomo for Known
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