Monday, February 26, 2007

OpenID Enabled

I'm OpenID enabled. Check out the Wikipedia OpenID article for a great overview. The high points include:
When you post on a blog using OpenID, the blogger's site asks your OpenID provider to log you in; when your provider verifies you, you are guaranteed a unique identity without maintaining an account for that blog.

On OpenID-enabled sites, Internet users do not need to register and manage a new account for every site before being granted access.

Sounds pretty good to me! Also, take a look at the Simon Willison Screencast on How to use OpenID.

The other thing I like about OpenID is that I can make my website/blog address be my OpenID. I.e., my OpenID is So, what do I get with this:

  • An easy username to remember that works on multiple web sites.

  • Muy OpenID maps to me, my brand.

  • No need to create yet another password to forget (there's only ONE PASSWORD) to manage.

  • My very personal OpenID URI will only authenticate to me.

  • I can change the back-end provider that does the actual authentication at any time, and the OpenID that the rest of the world sees does not change.

So, how did I do it?

1. Check out Simon Willison's article on How to turn your blog into an OpenID.

I chose VeriSign Labs as my OpenID provider, since I trust the VeriSign brand. They are the one's that will do the heavy lifting of securely authenticating me on multiple OpenID-enabled sites using my single sign-on password (yes, ONE PASSWORD!). I'm

2. Configure your website/blog software to include two additional links in the header.

I edited my Wordpress 2.1 theme to add the following two lines to the <head> section:
<link rel="openid.server"
<link rel="openid.delegate"

And, that's it! Do these two steps and you too can be OpenID enabled.

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks Brian. This is very cool, especially with it's integration with Zooomr. I set it up like yours!


    Bill Petro


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