The IndieWeb is a community of individual personal websites, connected by simple standards, based on the principles of owning your domain, using it as your primary identity, to publish on your own site (optionally syndicate elsewhere), and own your data.
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Learn more about IndieWeb standards
- Webmention - to notify other websites
- WebSub - to get real time updates on other sites' new content
- Micropub - to publish to your site with an ease
- IndieAuth - to authenticate with your website
- Microsub - (experimental) to follow others, collect posts, read, and interact with them
- POSSE - Publish (on your) Own Site, Syndicate Elsewhere
- PESOS - Publish Elsewhere, Syndicate (to your) Own Site
- other methods of cross-posting
- have more than one such personal domain.
- use your own domain for purely a professional identity facet, preferring to keep anything personal off the internet/web. That's totally fine.
- Have an h-card on your home page with your contact info.
- Link to "other profiles" from your home page with rel=me.
- Use your domain as your identity with IndieAuth.
- Appreciate and practice IndieWeb principles
Content hosting possibilities
- You own your own domain but use Tumblr.com or WordPress.com or some other hosted content solution to publish content (like posts) on your site. You own your permalinks so you can change hosting and (with some work) keep your permalinks working.
- You use a full-service web site hosting service and have them maintain a WordPress or other CMS install and databases for you.
- You use a web hosting service and maintain your own WordPress or other CMS project install, backup your content (files and/or databases) etc.
- Just having a subdomain on a content hosting site, e.g. person1.blogger.com, person2.wordpress.com, etc. They still own your permalinks.
- Just having a profile page on a content hosting silo, e.g. twitter.com/person1 flickr.com/person2
- In both cases you're still subject to their policies on names and they could trivially give your name/identity away, e.g. as what happened with danah boyd and zephoria.tumblr.com (recovered only after public outcry), or the Tower Bridge on twitter.com/towerbridge (involuntarily re-assigned without notice).
- Already got an indie website? Measure your IndieMark and add support for more levels!