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Making IndieWeb Friendly WordPress Themes: An IndieWebCamp Popup Session

The IndieWeb WordPress community could use some more theme options.

Let’s get together as a community and host a theme raising (a play on the idea of the old barn raising). We can all work/hack together to make some of the popular WordPress themes more IndieWeb friendly. We’ll discuss methods for adding the necessary Microformats and best ways to indieweb-ify a WordPress theme.

Either bring your own favorite theme or work from one on a list.

All levels are welcome!

Beginners and those without coding experience are welcome/encouraged to attend. We’ll try to help newcomers learn to begin tinkering with some WordPress theme code. If you don’t have a GitHub account yet, you might create one beforehand and we’ll show you how to use it for development, but even without it you can still do a lot with just a text editor.


When: 2020-09-26 9:30 – 11:30 AM (Pacific) / 12:30 – 2:30 PM (Eastern)
Event page:
hashtag: for social media and used to create an Etherpad for the session:
Etherpad for note taking during the session
Streaming video/audio platform: Zoom (link to come)
Demos: Yes – when we’re done, show off how well your new hacked theme works on your site.


Newcomers can post a comment on this post below or reply yes via Twitter to Or you can feel free to just show up on the morning of the event.

If you feel able, RSVP at Meetable or post an indie RSVP on your own website.


Bring your own theme or a theme you’d like to make more IndieWeb friendly by adding Microformats v2 support. Ideas for possible themes can be found at

(Optional) Create a GitHub account which you can use/learn during the process. Those who don’t want a GitHub account can simply use their text editor of choice to modify the relevant theme files.


We’re always happy to have additional help! If you’d like to volunteer or help organize and run the session, please touch base with Chris Aldrich or David Shanske in the IndieWeb Meta chat room.

I look forward to seeing everyone there!


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Chris Aldrich

I'm a biomedical and electrical engineer with interests in information theory, complexity, evolution, genetics, signal processing, IndieWeb, theoretical mathematics, and big history. I'm also a talent manager-producer-publisher in the entertainment industry with expertise in representation, distribution, finance, production, content delivery, and new media.

33 thoughts on “Making IndieWeb Friendly WordPress Themes: An IndieWebCamp Popup Session”

  1. WordPress fans and theme developers: Interested in improving the Microformats v2 markup in your theme(s)? We’re hosting a free hands-on workshop on September 26 to discuss and implement best practices, tips, and tricks. (Beginners welcome!)

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  2. For those who might want to extend the IndieWeb support for their website(s), we’re hosting a free workshop on adding proper Microformats v2 markup to your theme on Saturday, September 26.

    I’ll note that Google also uses this mark up for SEO purposes in addition to feed readers and other parsing tools that use it for various purposes.

    Our intention is that this session be accessible to non-developers, non-coders, or those who want to begin learning about themes in general, so beginners are welcome.

    We’re planning on recording the session and saving notes for those who can’t make it or who might want to watch it again.


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  3. Sally Thoun says:

    Thanks for allowing newbies. I’ve put it in my calendar. See you on the 26th!

  4. Bill Bennett says:

    I can’t attend, and anyway I wouldn’t be much help. Yet I’m intensely interested in this. Will it be recorded for later viewing?

    1. Yes! We recorded it. The video and notes can be found on the wiki:

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