[How to] Create your own Digital Identity with OpenID and WordPress site or blog

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There might be many reasons why your need your own digital identity. Digital identity in terms of your blog or site representing as you in the entire cyberspace. If you have a WordPress blog or site, you can use the URL of your blog as a digital identity, the usage might be many including OpenID appreciation which allows you to log in to sites that support OpenID. Basically, OpenID is an open standard that allows users to authenticate to websites without having to create a new password.

Digital identity is a psychological identity that prevails in the domains of cyberspace, and is defined as a set of data that uniquely describes a person or a thing (sometimes referred to as subject or entity) and contains information about the subject’s relationships to other entities ~ Wikipedia

Okay, here is why I would want to make my WordPress blog an OpenID provider (exclusively the user rights can be managed by the site admin.)

  • Setting up my blog as an OpenID provider means I have one more alternative way to login/link to 3rd party services that support OpenID.
  • Revealing your site as a promo (in a sort, right?) rather than email address to harvest to the spammers.
  • Future safe – portability option in case you want to switch the OpenID providers.
  • You list your needs…

How to make WordPress blog an OpenID?

The OpenID Provider allows authorized users to use their author URL as an OpenID, either using their local WordPress username and password, or by delegating to another OpenID Provider.
OpenIDing your WordPress blog with a plugin from DiSo Development Team
OpenIDing your WordPress blog with a plugin from DiSo Development Team

Step 1. Install a WordPress plugin “OpenID” developed by DiSo Development Team and also install another plugin “WordPress XRDS-Simple” by the same developer – this provides framework for other plugins to advertise services via XRDS.

Step 2. Activate the plugin and open the OpenID Settings to allow authorized users to use their author URL as an OpenID. If you are a single author or the only admin, you can use the entire blog URL.

OpenID provider settings in WordPress
OpenID provider settings in WordPress

Step 3. Ensure all the settings are performed in the System status as shown in the screenshot here.

System Status displayed by OpenID delegation
System Status displayed by OpenID delegation

Voila, ain’t that simple. You can confirm that your WP blog now works as an OpenID provider for you – check your WP blog’s login page or find other blog’s login using OpenID page to see if it works!

 

Login using OpenID in WordPress login admin screen
Login using OpenID in WordPress login admin screen

 

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