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The IndieWeb is a community of independent & personal websites connected by simple standards, based on the principles of: owning your domain & using it as your primary identity, publishing on your own site (optionally syndicating elsewhere), and owning your data.

Get started

Want to get started on the IndieWeb? See:

Learn more about IndieWeb

Learn more about IndieWeb standards

  • IndieAuth - to authenticate with your website
  • Webmention - to notify other websites, for peer-to-peer comments, likes, and other responses
  • Micropub - to publish to your site using a variety of clients
  • WebSub - to get real time updates on other sites' new content
  • Microsub - (experimental) to follow others, collect posts, read, and interact with them

Learn more about syndication and cross-posting

  • POSSE - Publish (on your) Own Site, Syndicate Elsewhere
  • PESOS - Publish Elsewhere, Syndicate (to your) Own Site
  • other methods of cross-posting

You can

You might

  • 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 or 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.

Not IndieWeb

  • Just having a subdomain on a content hosting site, e.g.,, etc. They still own your profile and your permalinks.
  • Just having a profile page on a content hosting silo, e.g.
  • 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 (recovered only after public outcry), or the Tower Bridge on (involuntarily re-assigned without notice).

Move forward

  • Already got an indie website? Measure your IndieMark and add support for more levels!

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