💬 Replied to: Re-thinking the Homepage

“I’ve spent some time recently thinking about what I want out of my homepage. I don’t have a clear answer, yet but I’ve been taking some steps toward it. There are a couple things influencing my current homepage design.
First, inspired by Jonathan LaCour, I’ve been importing old Facebook posts into m…”

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I’m really enjoying the redesign. I find it a lot easier to read, and it’s given me some ideas for overhauling how I present the information on my own homepage. Great work, Eddie!

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Thanks Chris!

Webmention.io is definitely my plan for adding webmentions initially, and will probably be the step 3 article (IndieAuth is step 2 and being drafted right now).

If, or rather, when I look into writing a plugin to send webmentions I might bring receiving into it as well… but the more I look into Webmention.io, the more I think I’ll just keep things simple by having it continue to handle all of the receiving.

Thanks for adding the wiki page – I’ll be sure to add links and other information as I finish writing it up!

💬 Replied to: Today’s Project: Backup all Pages

“A platform move for this blog is coming.  WordPress is frozen on ver. 4.9.9 which is fine by me, but untenable in the long term because eventually I will start missing needed security upgrades.  Also, I’m beginning to suspect that my Indieweb stuff is not working everywhere with everyone and I’m not willing to put the time in tracking down where the problems are on a platform I intend to leave.”

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Last time I exported from a WordPress site, pages were included – you can either export them separately, or as part of “all content” – but it’s definitely good to have a manual backup, just in case!

I definitely feel your frustrations with IndieWeb on WordPress. I’ve had so much trouble and spent so much time getting things setup “just so,” and I’m still not quite there. I’m sure it would’ve been fine if I’d stuck to one of the recommended themes and default plugin options… but then I wouldn’t be running my site. Even though a lot of my issues appear to be fixed now, half the time I still don’t trust things not to break seemingly at random.

Add to that small frictions like how hard it is to post a like/reply/bookmark type of post from mobile, and frustrations start to mount up.

Have you decided what you’re moving to yet?

💬 Replied to: State of the Indieweb in WordPress

“All of these items reflect the coming together and polishing of a complete Indieweb experience. As we move into the end of the first month of 2019, here is what I personally am hoping to see.”

This is a nice summary on where things are, and where they might be heading. As someone who has only jumped into the world of “IndieWeb in WordPress” at the end of 2018, it helps give me some context.

The idea of giving interested users more choice when it comes to integrated themes is the main reason I have been chipping away at getting my own custom theme ready for release.

As part of that effort, I’ve been working with the IndieWeb “toolbox” of plugins quite closely. If I can free up a bit more free time, then I would love to use that experience to help with improving documentation.

Thanks for all your efforts in 2018, David – I know I’ve benefitted from them!

💬 Replied to: Grant Richmond: My New Posting Workflow

“Just wanted to say that I’m enjoying the stuff you’re sharing on Indieweb.xyz! The ‘boots’ quote the other day. A nice contribution to the book quotes sub.

You mentioned having some difficulty with my scraper getting identified as a malicious bot or something—any idea why I might be triggering Wordpress in that way? I can train it better.”

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Thanks! I do worry sometimes I’m “the new guy” flooding the site with links every couple of days… ? IndieWeb.xyz has been invaluable to me lately, helping me to explore how people are using IndieWeb ideas and tools – and in giving me some cool stuff to read!

The parsing trouble I was having seems to have been entirely down to the WordFence plugin. It was consistently blocking anything coming from the indieweb.org hosts too. Unfortunately the free version of the plugin doesn’t give the best information or options to diagnose/fix issues. As near as I can tell, the issue seems to have been POST requests made with either a missing referrer or user-agent?

I’ve disabled WordFence for now (I think it was overkill for my little site anyway) and most of my issues have disappeared. I have a lingering issue where sending Webmentions is intermittent, but that’s probably user error on my part 🙂