Digital Identity, Open source, Technology, Web building, WordPress adds support for OpenID

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I think I might have jumped the gun on this one. Ok, I did. It seems that for now, is only an identity provider and not a consumer, meaning that you can use your blog address as an OpenID but you can’t yet log into with your OpenID. My bad.

In talking to Matt last Friday at the Adaptive Path party, I asked him when OpenID was coming to — the hosted blogging service — and he replied “Monday”.

Well, a day late but hardly a dollar short, has added bi-directional support for OpenID.

What this means is that you can both sign in to using your existing OpenIDs (making a “consumer”) as well as use your URL (for example, as an OpenID elsewhere, making an iDP or “identity provider”.

The FAQ entry is pretty descriptive and I’d recommend you take a look at it. now joins a growing array of service providers offering support for this grassroots-driven authentication protocol.

No word on when OpenID will hit core of the WordPress project, but there are already two great efforts driven first by Alan Castonguay and more recently Will Norris — which point to a positive future between the two open source initiatives.


9 thoughts on “ adds support for OpenID

  1. Is it really bi-directional? I don’t see the consumer support information in the FAQ there; I just see provider support. Would love to see consumer support!

  2. maique says:

    i’ve been waiting for the oportunity to use my wordpresscom login as openid.

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  4. Yeah, I don’t see any way to “log into” using my regular OpenID either.

    Shame really, since this now means that the Provider:Consumer ratio is even higher. (I personally have more OpenIDs than there are sites I can use them at, I think)

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