All the reasons on why and more.
What should be on your indie web site home page?
Your homepage should have some basic information about you:
- icon / profile photo
- communication links (aim: mailto: tel: etc. see  for some UI brainstorming on this)
- other about / contact information, e.g.
- Links to silo profile URLs, approximate location, short bio, categories/tags
- marked up with h-card (see Indiewebify.me to verify, validate)
- web-sign-in support
- rel-me links to your other identities on the web
Your home page is the URL you share with people, therefore it's useful to set it up with:
- role - brief summary of what it is you do
- discovery of what else you have on your site
- Your local time
- Last seen (last checkin/location post)
- upcoming events
- disclosure - disclosures of various types, e.g. cookies or analytics tracking
Next, it's quite popular to have:
See the Stream of Updates below for some inspiration.
If you show a stream of recent posts on your home page, it may also be useful to show a small navigation interface for your archives.
More: archive navigation.
Among early 2000s bloggers it was popular to also have on your home page:
Some interesting indieweb home page examples of simple contact/about information (e.g. hCard), maps for location, live IM status etc. - probably worth expanding and document each of these:
- http://scottbullard.com/ - phone/email links with more: http://scottbullard.com/more.html
- http://www.jaredhanson.net/ - live IM status on Jared's hCard
- http://npdoty.name/ - map as background centered on his current location
- old adactio.com (pre-2012)
- http://jasonpark.me/ - made to look like graphically browsing a computer filesystem
That and most recent blog post:
That and occasional blog posts:
Stream of Updates
All that and most of the content they post online as a stream:
Mixed/composite feed examples with complete posts:
Streams of partial posts / summaries:
Streams of only names/titles of posts:
- Pelle Wessman http://voxpelli.com/ – links to separate feeds for bookmarks and social interactions
- http://2015.aaronparecki.com/ (2012-2015)
Things which could go on homepages which aren’t currently implemented, or are underimplemented. Sometimes there is an intent to implement.
- payment links/buttons
- local weather/daylight (extra context)
- people I’ve mentioned recently
- tags I’ve used recently
- actions like subscribe, contact, add to address book
- latest comments
I might be adding links to /me (my profile page) and /about (about the site, license info, powered by, hosted at, etc.) to my homepage. --Sandeep Shetty
When signed-in to your own site, it might be useful to have:
- reader - integrated reader showing posts from others you follow
Webmention to homepage
Webmentions sent directly to home pages could serve a number of use-cases:
- notification of a person-mention (like an indieweb @-mention) on a post somewhere else
- invitation to an indie event
- notification of a new private message received
- allowing other people to tag you in photos or posts
Silos don't technically give you access to their home page, but they do typically provide you with something resembling a home page, albeit typically at a path (not at the root), and they call it a profile. Though they really should be providing subdomains instead of profile paths.
As an example, Twitter let's you customize your profile page with:
- icon - upload (min/max resolution/bytes?)
- header image - upload (min/max resolution/bytes?)
- bio - 160 character text field, @ and # auto-linked.
- website - auto-linked URL
- location - ??? character text field.
Articles and posts about homepage design and features:
- 2012/UK/Demos - specifically, General discussion / UX thoughts.