What the Indieweb really needs is some practical, plain language documentation to lead end users through the forest of plugins, jargon and bailing wire setups to get the mainstream blogger to the promised land of Indieweb goodness.

Example: If I use Jetpack to post to Twitter, will that give me all the same Indieweb Webmention, commenting type goodies as using Brid.gy?  If not, what specifically won’t work?

It’s all fine to say “Install this and don’t worry” but then Bridgy suddenly breaks and won’t post to Twitter.  What then?  Will Jetpack do just as well?

And what about G+?

I know some have been diligently trying to provide guides to this stuff  but there are problems.

  1. To many links in the chain. Weakest link breaks, then we have a Scudhunt trying to find which link is broken.
  2. There are X number of ways to syndicate (crosspost) content. What are the strengths and weaknesses of each way?
  3. Indieweb plugin by plugin practical guides for WordPress. Like the problem of empty Titles on microposts and WordPress wanting to assign a number as the title. Getting around that.
  4. What works best for what.
  5. Don’t send me to Github.  That’s for developers. You don’t want the general public bouncing around there.

The point is if the Indieweb is ever going to grow beyond a small niche thing for developers it really needs some refining, documentation and streamlining. Their goals are noble, their efforts worthy but barriers for broader adoption do exist. And we are hitting those.

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If you have a WordPress blog and would like cross post and interact with GNU.social, Mastodon, Friendica and more, try OStatus Plugin.

I have not tried this.

It looks like you can do a bit more than just crosspost.  Good luck.

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Testing WordPress plugins that remove of hide titles. In this case Title Remover.

Replied to Reads, Listens, Watches, and Editable Webmention Types and Avatars in the IndieWeb WordPress Suite by Chris AldrichChris Aldrich (Chris Aldrich | BoffoSocko)
I’ve been meaning to write regular updates to highlight some of the useful changes in the functionality of the IndieWeb suite of WordPress plugins, but never gotten around to it. There’s been a few really interesting ones lately, so I thought I’d start. Observant watchers who read through eith...

This article inspired me to install the Post Kinds plugin for WordPress.  This is a reply. I have no idea if and how this works but I reckon Chris Aldrich will forgive me for experimenting. Let’s see if it works.

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Thinking of converting your WordPress blog into an Indieweb compliant instance?  Setting up a new install of WordPress is complicated enough as it is and making your blog work in an Indieweb manner can sound – complicated.  Fear not, there is a pretty easy way: Indieweb WordPress Plugin.  This plugin is really all you need to get started.  It will gently lead you through the steps of finding specialized plugins that make the Indieweb stuff happen.  It just makes the whole process easier.

I am still going to  give this an Intermediate skill level.  If you are a complete beginner to WordPress, get to know the basics of your WordPress control panel first and also blogging basics, then worry about the Indieweb stuff later.

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