I’ve been working on a series of walkthrough posts that outline how to IndieWebify a WordPress site. I presumed the initial setup would be fairly straightforward because a) I have a vague idea of what I’m doing, and b) a suite of plugins already exists. Boy-howdy, was I wrong.
I have WordPress and I installed all the appropriate plug-ins. I followed all of the directions in the Getting Started with WordPress parts of the Wiki. But these were the pieces that were missing that only recently did I get together:
- Sharing links in a POSSE way and having them actually look good
- Posting notes to Facebook and Twitter without weird link previews or my Gravatar popping up
- Sharing on mobile
I wouldn’t ask your average social media user to do all the things I had to do to make this happen. As Eli says,
…the IndieWeb is at an exciting inflection point.
I’m immensely grateful for all the help I’ve received getting started, but I do hope that over time people won’t have to be as dev-headed as me to jump in. I am a far cry from any sort of developer, but I do have a lot more knowledge of how the web works than I think most people do. If it was tricky and took me a year to get it to do what I wanted, I can’t imagine what a challenge it will be for them.