Multi-site Indieweb is a hybrid approach to Indieweb in which a wide range of people have two (or more) indieweb enabled platforms for a multitude of reasons.
- Surely there's a better nomenclature for this concept and it will surely grow as generation 2+ join the movement and begin experimenting. What are other (better?) potential names for this idea?
- Is it a good/bad idea? What are the pros/cons?
People may have one or more reasons for using multiple IndieWeb enabled platforms in tandem, some of which may or may not include:
- Eating what you cook on one project (usually evolving), while simultaneously enjoying the immediate benefits of other (potentially more robust projects) while also testing out alternate UX/UI configurations.
- Having a broader array of posting options and functionalities, while still owning their content
- Personal implementation of some features can be daunting (particularly for Generations 2+) and the overriding value of the IndieWeb philosophy has them doing what they can to be a part of the movement
- They got carried away with owning all the things
- They highlight different parts of their online identity through their different sites. Examples:
- One site highlights their personal life, another one highlights their professional one, and another for their very obscure hobby etc.
- there are people who run static site generators and don't need a complete rebuild all of their website for a single note posting.
Chris Aldrich uses WordPress on his primary site, but utilizes Known for shorter form content, particularly for status updates and mobile workflows on a secondary site. The WordPress site was one of his first and was primarily longer form content. While it was relatively indieweb-able with plugins, in the early days Known provided a lot more bug-free indieweb experience, particularly for syndicating short form content out to a variety of social silos. With some additional recent development on his WordPress site for better separation of content and additional methods of subscription so that readers/followers weren't inundated with content they might not necessarily want to read, more content is being generated from WordPress, but he still prefers to use Known in particular for short form replies which send better formed webmentions due to some quirks in his WordPress theme and associated plugins.
Jeremy Cherfas has multiple sites with various levels of IndieMark on various platforms. He's a self-professed member of Generation 2 or possibly 3. At the moment I have project-specific sites running under WordPress (fornacalia for bread making, Eat This Podcast for podcasting, and the Agricultural Biodiversity Weblog, a kind of news-aggregator where a colleague now provides most of the content and I manage the site). None of the WP websites is currently IndieWeb enabled. Two of the sites have Twitter users as well. All this is historical and predates me learning about IndieWeb, and I am still not sure how best to integrate everything, or even whether that would be worthwhile.
Pelle Wessman has both voxpelli.com and kodfabrik.se, both static pages. The first one is newer and the home of his personal blog. The later one is older and home to his freelance/professional profile and, for legacy reasons, his e-mail and his online identity.
Martijn van der Ven
Martijn van der Ven separates his blog on licit.li from his online identity on vanderven.se/martijn/. The latter has expressed his identity for over 10 years and that will never been taken over by a blog or other type of website.
Aaron Davis uses Read Write Respond as a place to record longer posts and reflections, Read Write Collect to collect together disparate parts of the web in the one place and Read Write Wikity to organically grow ideas.
Some may ask, why two websites? I’ve had a lot of time to think about what I felt my approach to a blog would be given what I know and love about social media and how a blog that combined the short form, link sharing, and longer form may look like. It was easier for me to start that fresh than trying to redesign/relaunch my existing website to accommodate that. Sometimes, it’s easier to build a new house than to rehab an old one. I also had some time to think about the original intent of the TLD. Commercial = .com, Organization = .org, Network = .net. So, my other website is for commercial purposes. This one is to build a network.-via http://www.patrickrhone.net/site-notes/
tomasparks uses Jekyll to generate my website and publish it to GitHub_Pages which has a 2Gbyte limited for each free repo, I dabble in different hobbies/projects which has its own section on my website with its own theming.
hibs structures her personal knowledge management system as a reflection of the information architecture of her ideas. Uses a multi-site strategy to publicize the ideas that are ready to see the light of day – views it as creative compartmentalization.
- Main hub is at sarah-hibner.com, a static site built with HTML & CSS
- Writes about short-term design and development topics at practicing.design, a static site built with Hexo, a Node-based framework
- Writes about long-term media studies and alt-transportation at outer-outer.space, a static site built with HTML & CSS
- Also maintains a digital garden for book notes and excerpts at meet-me-in.space, which is a static representation of a self-hosted Node version of TiddlyWiki
- 2016-12-18 : RSS Feeds: A Crowded Stream (Using multiple feeds to break out content and allow more subscription options) (archived)
- 2020-04-05 : Yet another domain move (archived) (now down to two domains; subtly commiserates with readers who must be constantly changing where/how they follow him)
- Example pages of individual projects have additional examples of people doing this
- https://twitter.com/SaraSoueidan/status/1277299199684509698 (replies have some interesting perspectives)
- "I'm preparing for a couple of articles and I feel they might deserve their own domains. This is making me rethink some of the other content on my site — I might simplify it and move some of it to (an)other dedicated domain(s)." @SaraSoueidan June 28, 2020