I have successfully enabled picklewagon.com as a delegate for my OpenID. This has been something I have been wanting to do for a while. It was a lot easier than I thought it would be.
What is OpenID?
OpenID.net says it best:
OpenID eliminates the need for multiple usernames across different websites, simplifying your online experience.
You get to choose the OpenID Provider that best meets your needs and most importantly that you trust. At the same time, your OpenID can stay with you, no matter which Provider you move to. And best of all, the OpenID technology is not proprietary and is completely free.
For businesses, this means a lower cost of password and account management, while drawing new web traffic. OpenID lowers user frustration by letting users have control of their login.
For geeks, OpenID is an open, decentralized, free framework for user-centric digital identity. OpenID takes advantage of already existing internet technology (URI, HTTP, SSL, Diffie-Hellman) and realizes that people are already creating identities for themselves whether it be at their blog, photostream, profile page, etc. With OpenID you can easily transform one of these existing URIs into an account which can be used at sites which support OpenID logins.
How I Did It
I first had to do some research on exactly what I needed to do to make this happen. I found a few sites that ultimately helped me.
- OpenID for Non-SuperUsers – Sam Ruby gets a little geeky in this simple how-to.
- claimID OpenID help – already having a profile on claimID made this a good reference.
After learning what I needed to do, I had to enable my blog by finding and adding the necessary plugins.
- WP-OpenID – lets users log in to a blog or leave comments using their OpenID.
- OpenID Delegate WordPress Plugin – add OpenID delegation abilities to your blog, thus allowing you to sign in to various OpenID supported sites using your blogâ€™s URL.
Why I Did It
Now I can use my site to login to OpenID enabled sites. I have already started my identity/brand here on my blog and continue to add to it.
It’s part of my goal of owning my data.
And while I was OpenID enabling my site, I made it possible for others to use their OpenIDs.
Many people already have an Open ID and don’t know it. I know lots of people with Blogger accounts. Blogger is Open ID enabled. Many sites provide this service. I just wanted to do it from my own site.