IndieWeb for business
IndieWeb for business is the use of an indieweb site or section thereof for business purposes, to post professional products or services, announcements, reminders, and generally interact with business clients, instead of social media silo posts and pages.
- Example: Yoga (suggested donation) event posting: http://tantek.com/2017/197/e1/sunday-yoga-presidio
- Product page with its own website
- Business page with h-entry on the (small) blog
- Dedicated business page describing services, no current Microformats markup
While not technically a for-profit business, Chris Aldrich has a website for a non-profit book exchange (aka Little Free Library) which he uses for outreach to communities in traditional social silos. In particular it leverages POSSE and backfeed via Bridgy to help support the library and its mission.
- Author who uses his site to write about his process and sell books including a book about the IndieWeb entitled Kill Process.
- A Glass blower. Kevo Marks up his gallery in h-product and uses [https://snipcart, a jQuery plugin that parses HTML data for third-party store). Kevo also uses Known as a company blog and syndicates all his artwork from Instagram using OwnYourGram.
- A traditional e-commerce website with webmention capability could accept reviews from sites on particular product pages and display them not as traditional comments (or replies) but in a product "Review" section. Since webmentions are bi-directional reviews could be more thoroughly audited and provide much more than the simple identities that are given on traditional e-commerce sites currently.
- One might use acquisition posts and webmentions to cross link products on websites to create "Verified Purchase" statuses for more reliable reviews.
- 2019-04-17 : Fixing the financial dilemma at the heart of our broken tech industry (archived)
- 2018-01-14 Ben Werdmüller: Indie Communities and Making Your Audience Known
IndieWebCamp sessions related to business:
- There was a session at 2015/SF/Schedule but it wasn't well documented
Companies offering IndieWeb as a Service
While there are a variety of companies that offer services used by IndieWeb sites for web hosting, domain registration, or other functionalities, the following are more consciously offering their services with indie web use in mind:
- micro.blog a website and social service which natively supports IndieWeb building blocks including microformats2, Webmention, and Micropub.
- Known was a company focused on the education market that offered hosted versions of WithKnown.
There are also a number of individual consultants that can help people build IndieWeb capable sites and technology.