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The WordPress.org repository has over 30,000 plugins. There are more outside of the official repository. While not all plugins are expressly designed for Indieweb, some can be used regardless with little to no adjustment.

WordPress Plugins are plugins that can help make your site more IndieWeb friendly.

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Webmention Support

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Webmentions are also part of the core IndieWeb building-blocks. They let you send and receive replies, likes, etc. directly from your site.

To add webmention support to your WordPress site, install the Webmention Plugin

To further enhance webmentions:

alternatives

wp-webmention-again provides an async alternative webmention sender/receiver, using WP Cron for both, but it's yet to see a stable release. It also doesn't do any comment formatting.

Kinds of Posts

WordPress supports several different ways of organizing data. To support different kinds of posts, you can try the Post Kinds Plugin.

The Post Kinds adds a taxonomy to the post type in Wordpress allow for posts to be classified as a reply/like/repost etc. This allows archives to be generated for these kinds of posts as well as support to add the appropriate markup.

Publishing to Your Site

Micropub for WordPress implements a Micropub server endpoint.

Indie-WebActions implements webactions and a basic posting UI.

POSSE Plugins

Along with personal-domains, POSSE is one of the cornerstones of the IndieWeb. In short, instead of posting to social network silos, you post to your own site and then copy to the silos.

You can POSSE manually, but most people automate it. WordPress has many plugins that do this. A few of the most popular are found below.

Multi silo plugins

These plugins have the ability to target multiple silos simultaneously:

Single silo plugins

These plugins focus on POSSE to only one target silo each:

rel-syndication

If you POSSE, it's good practice to include rel-syndication links on your WordPress posts.

The Syndication Links plugin is designed to support both manual and automatic entry of rel-syndication links. It is extensible to add support for plugins and has support from Tumblr Crosspostr, Diaposter, Medium, and WP-Crosspost, as well as having integrated support courtesy of rel-syndication plugin for SNAP, Bridgy Publish, and Social.

Alternatively, you can try the rel-syndication plugin for that (Currently only supports the Social plugin, the GitHub mainline has minimal support of Tumblr, Twitter and Facebook for NextScripts' SNAP ).

Also, if you are writing status updates that will be duplicated in the content share boxes in your edit post screen, there is some handy code here to autofill those share fields to save copy/pasting them from the content WYSIWYG.

If you also want to go the other direction and pull your social network posts and data back to WordPress, there are PESOS plugins too. To start, try Lifestream.

PESOS Plugins

In case POSSE is not available - for example, due to API limitations like in case of Instagram - there is always the option to pull in your data from other hosts using PESOS

IndieAuth

Install the IndieWeb plugin to add rel-me links to your WordPress site!

In order to use your own domain name to sign into other websites, you will want to add support for IndieAuth. This requires the appropriate rel-me link(s) appear on your homepage.

Once you have rel-me links set up, head over to indieauth.com and sign in to test that you've set things up appropriately!

Alternatives

If you don't want to add a plugin, you can follow the instructions for adding social media buttons or the documentation for using text widgets. You can also add rel-me links to a custom menu by enabling the Link Relationships under Screen Options on the custom menu page.

More details for setting up rel-me links can be found at https://indieauth.com/setup.

The IndieAuth-Links plugin is another option, though as of 2015-12-03 the plugin has not been updated for two years and is only confirmed compatible up to WordPress version 3.7.11.

If you want to support Indieauth for logging into your own site, IndieAuth for Wordpress which allows users to sign in with their domain instead of a username and password.

Backfeed

Even if you're POSSEing or you're adding manual syndication urls ( for example, with Syndication Links plugin ) you probably want to pull comments and likes on the social network posts back to your site. This is called backfeed.

Some of the POSSE plugins have built-in functionality to do this for some networks.

Other options:

  • Bridgy - another option is Bridgy, a service that automatically sends webmentions for activity on your POSSEd posts inside silos (before starting to use Bridgy, make sure you first install the webmention and semantic-linkbacks plugins described below).
  • Keyring Reactions Importer - a generic, extendable plugin in early stage, on top of the Keyring plugin. It can auto-imports reactions for every post with syndicated links ( see readme of the plugin ) by polling, based on chained scheduled wp-cron events, so it may become heavy. Currently supported networks:
    • Facebook - comments & likes
    • Flickr - favorites & comments
    • 500px - likes, favorites, comments - requires an additional worker for Keyring )
    • Instagram - comments & likes
    • ... and anything you add

Reader / follower plugins

Other Indieweb Plugins

Here are a few more plugins you might want to try. Many require FTP or other more technical setup.

Plugins that May Be of Interest to Indieweb Users

Past or old tech plugins

Criticisms

Many Indieweb Plugins are developed on Github and not pushed or maintained in the official Wordpress.org repository.

While the Indieweb Plugin allows Github repositories to be downloaded and installed, the Indieweb plugin does not support update notifications.

To encourage adoption, more Indieweb plugins should be pushed and regularly updated through the usual means by which WordPress plugins are installed.

There is also an experiment to use composer as alternative to the WordPress plugin directory.

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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 PublishWP CrosspostTumblr CrosspostrMediumDiasposter
PESOS Plugins Keyring Social ImportersDsgnWrks Twitter ImporterDsgnWrks Instagram Importer
Other Plugins Webmention for (Threaded) CommentsIndieWeb Press ThisWordPress uf2OpenIDSimple LocationIndieweb ActionsPressForwardWhisperFollowblogroll2email
Themes SemPress • (SemPress Child Themes: SemPress Lite, SenPress, and Index) • Independent Publishermf2_s
Assistance Join the #indieweb chatIRC and other chat optionsWordPress Outreach ClubWordPress channel
See Also WordPress related wiki pagesWordPress.com


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