WordPress and the IndieWeb


Using WordPress as a decentralized communication platform


The IndieWeb is a community of individual personal websites, connected by simple standards, based on the principles of owning your domain, using it as your primary identity, to publish on your own site (optionally syndicate elsewhere), and own your data.

There are a variety of WordPress-plugins implementing these standards and principles, to help people to stay independent. Most of these plugins are very basic, have no or only little documentation with a poor user experience. Help the movement to mature and gain a broader audience.


The goal is to improve the current landscape of plugins and themes (UI/UX, design, documentation or code) or to add IndieWeb functionality to existing ones.

One of the most popular IndieWeb-plugins is the Webmention-plugin, which can be described as the successor of Pingbacks and Trackbacks. Webmentions are a key building block of the IndieWeb movement and a decentralized way to communicate across multiple blogs. One specific goal might be to have that plugin in a final and end-user-friendly state.


Are you interested in WordPress? Want to make sure that the independent Blog will become/remain an alternative to the silos of modern Social Networks? Do you have design, UI/UX, documentation, writing or developer experience? Then we’d love to work with you on an IndieWeb version of WordPress!


Matthias Pfefferle is leading the WordPress Development Team at IONOS. In his spare time, he works on all things Open Web. He helps to make WordPress compatible with the IndieWeb and the Fediverse, to have a simple, open and easy to host alternative to the big and mostly closed Social Networks.