My IndieWeb Journey Part 1: Web Server and CMS Choices

I have to begin this post by first saying how I’m glad I found the Independent web and the fantastic community which surrounds it. There are too many people to name at the moment, so I’ll just mention those who I can think of off the top of my head. Thanks go indisputably to Greg McVerry who has replied to a lot of seemingly odd questions with detailed answers, providing just the right amounts of both technical detail and the reasoning behind concepts. I also appreciate those who have been providing hands with noticing weird oddities on my site, as well as providing feedback on how I might be able to fix random issues that crop up here and there.


Initial Research


I first started looking around the web for something other than the mainstream content that continues to propagate,  around eight months to a year ago, when I discovered my first Mastodon Instance. the link above points technically to my second one, or at least the second one I grabbed an account for, with the first being the flagship instance run by the developer of the software itself. I spent several months on his instance, and eventually left, finding it too busy, and with too many folks following me from instances I was not interested in. I’ve kept to my current one ever since. Then I found the IndieWeb through various articles, though if I could remember them, I would link.

I saw the similarity between the fediverse and the IndieWeb immediately, and it got even more interesting when I discovered their ability to be linked together. That’s when I began looking around for sites that showed off the concepts. The internet will be a much better place when every single site unquestionably supports responses from everywhere, not just from siloed walled gardens, as is the case seemingly today. I’m a member of this movement, and I intend to remain. Keep reading and walk with me on this adventure.


Creating my Site (May 2019)


After finally coming to the decision to join the movement, the issue of how to create my site came to the forefront. I’ll be the first to admit that my web design capabilities just are not there, so I needed something that could be used in light of that very situation, which could be scaled up to something better and more advanced as my programming knowledge grows.


Between WordPress And Known


My options in light of the amount of support given for IndieWeb concepts, to make up for the lack of design and development knowledge, fell between two; either WordPress or Known. As you can see here, I went with WordPress, but that’s mostly because I’m more familiar with it from other projects. I will probably try Known, as well, though, for the experience if nothing else, and I could end up switching it to my primary site in future. You never know.For a web server, I went with IIS, seeing the fact that I’m more familiar with it, and plus, I am sick of conforming to industry standards when they aren’t required. I shouldn’t have to on my personal site.