- Adopted a WordPress theme that’s both fully compatible with IndieWeb protocols and microformats and visually appealing to me. Specifically I installed and switched to IW26 — David Shanske’s fork of the WordPress 2016 standard theme.
- Enabled support for IndieAuth, WebMention and MicroPublish endpoints by adding the right <link> elements to my home page. As part of that learned how to use the Microformats parser on microformats.io to examine and debug my own settings.
- Set up an .htaccess file in my site’s home directory with rules to properly handle redirection to https: and to dereference the www. prefix to site URLs. Made the appropriate matching adjustments in WordPress and my Dreamhost admin panel.
- Developed a better understanding of WordPress Post Kinds (after all, David wrote the plugin), customized the set to fit what I’m likely to use when I post, and tested a few.
- Added rel-me connections to my blog for Flickr and Instagram using the WordPress widget.
- Tested use of Quill as a micropublishing client. Successfully posted a note to my blog from Quill in Firefox on an Android phone.
- Tested WebMention support thanks to Jack, resulting in a series of comments on our respective sites (and also highlighting a formatting bug he was able to fix on his custom WordPress theme with some help from David).
- Added Syndication Link support and tested it by posting a review to TripAdvisor.com and a companion note on my blog reference that review.
This got me over the WordPress vs. IndieWeb theme problem I’d been struggling with and hoped to resolve today, and a lot more overall IndieWeb functionality as a bonus. Thanks to David & Jack’s help I’m comfortable asserting that you can satisfyingly bring IndieWeb to a WordPress site, though more compatible themes and onboarding resources would both be big wins.
(Oh, and this is a test of link syndication, another part of my IndieWeb Summit 2019 hack day experimentation. That means you should see a small TripAdvisor icon (green binoculars) associated with this post. If you click on that icon you’ll go to the full review on TripAdvisor.com)
I don’t have a rich collection of mission photos, videos, and artifacts, or the time to find and weave any into my mission timeline, something I knew other folks would be better positioned to accomplish. Ben Feist and team have done precisely that in creating Apollo 11 in Real Time so I’ll also have that open continuously between liftoff on July 14 and splashdown on July 24.
Last night I watched Todd Douglas Miller’s “Apollo 11” documentary on CNN (which released it) and it brought back vivid memories of July fifty years ago. I expect I’ll watch it several more times over the course of the next three weeks — highly recommended.
Happily both July 14th, liftoff day, and July 20th, landing/EVA day, fall on weekends so I expect I’ll set aside time both those days to reconnect with the event that was such a powerful and formative part of my youth. Might also be a good time to build a few space-themed model kits I’ve squirreled away, attend a Splashdown 50 event on the nearby USS Hornet (which recovered the Apollo 11 capsule and crew) or just listen to the official mission mixtape.
(This is a repost from my Instagram account back on Father’s Day, and appears here now as a test of syndicating my Instagram feed via my blog via the magic of OwnYourGram.)
If you have a chance to talk to your Dad today I hope you’ll take advantage of the opportunity. Miss you Dad, love you always.