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OpenID

Finally a decentralized way of signing into multiple services is here. Now with Yahoo and Google supporting OpenID looks like it is going to take over the world and replace other authentication systems. (good by .NET passport !)
I was using my OpenID URI http://freebird.myopenid.com for sometime now & wanted to use my domain as my OpenID.

how to use blog URL (blogspot) or a domain as OpenID URL

  1. Sign up for an OpenID with a ID provider. (http://myopenid.com is what I am using)
  2. open the index.html or template of your blog / website and add the following to head section.

<link rel=”openid.server” xhref=”http://freebird.in/wp-content/uploads/2008/02/server”  />

<link rel=”openid.delegate” xhref=”http://freebird.in/wp-content/uploads/2008/02/freebird.myopenid1.com”  />

The advantage of this method is that our OpenID will remain the same and we can change the ID provider.

In the case of a wordpress blog, we can edit the header.php file of the active template and add the above in the head section.

Enabling OpenID for wordpress blog

  1. get OpenID plugin for wordpress from here
  2. follow the instructions to activate the plugin
  3. if needed, edit the comments.php file of your template as mentioned the README file

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  1. Pravi,

    I do not disagree with you there. My intention was to point out that Yahoo! by itself has a huge presence and once MS acquires it, by proxy, MS will be on the table at OpenID. And traditionally MS does not play well. I’ve not followed the OOXML debate too closely, but that is once instance that comes to mind 🙂

  2. yea very much. Actually I was reasearching about something so that I can write that as the 100th post. I was not able to gather enough information. So decided to proceed with other things.