Dr Nic

OpenID for WordPress

This blog – nay, this InterTubes HomePage – runs on WordPress.

This website allows you to comment. Like a blog. Let’s call it a blog. That’s shorter than “website”.

To comment you’ve got to fill in your name and email and website every… single… time…

Well, I don’t have to, because I have an account.

So I completely forgot about everyone else’s plight. That is, until one young soldier Rodney Ramdas, ask a good question:

hey is there an openid enabled commenting thingy [for your blog]?

OpenId logo

So I found OpenId plugin for WordPress.

Now you can create an account on my site using OpenID and never have to fill all that crap in again.

UPDATE: See comments below for how to use your blog domain name/url as your OpenID url. As it is this url that is appearing below people’s names, and that’s not what you want. That is, I can use drnicwilliams.com as my OpenID, even though it is actually http://drnicwilliams.myopenid.com/.

You can check that you’ve setup up your blog as your OpenID with this helper site.

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25 Responses to “OpenID for WordPress”

  1. rodney says:

    It works ! Pow pow.

  2. Dr Nic says:

    @rodney [via] – Cool; it shows the little icon. The url is your openid url. Perhaps if you setup the domain openid proxy thing and update your account it will show your domain url.

    Add something like the following into your <head>:

    <link rel="openid.server"   href="http://www.myopenid.com/server" />
    <link rel="openid.delegate" href="http://drnicwilliams.myopenid.com/" />

    Then your blog url can be used as your open id url. Nifty.

  3. Ok, so I’ve done that now as well. I feel so much better now. Thanks Nic !

  4. Stephan says:


    And of course all DrNic. groupies from Holland should use http://www.mijnopenid.nl!

  5. Dr Nic says:

    @Stephan [via] – if you want to use your domain as your OpenId, see the instructions above, and then recreate your account here. Hopefully it passes through your name.

  6. pinupgeek says:

    @nic this wp plugin is pretty neat. Notice how I’m now not defacing your blog with my nasty url plastered all over it.

  7. Dr Nic says:

    @pinupgeek [via] – it was a blight indeed.

  8. Chris says:

    I couldn’t get my OpenID associated with my domain until I added

    <meta http-equiv="X-XRDS-Location" content="http://chriswarren.myopenid.com/xrds" />

    to the header as well.

    Thanks for the tip, this is great.

  9. Chris says:

    is what I had to add.

    And apparently it didn’t work… What did I do wrong? I’ll try my OpenID URL this time.

  10. If you would like to run your own corporate OpenID server — at Atlassian we recently put out an OpenID enabled version of Crowd.

  11. Dr Nic says:

    Here is a helpful WP plugin so you can use your blog url as an openid. It generates the correct head code for you.

    An example of the HTML to add to your head is on OpenID.com.

  12. Keith says:

    This is an excellent idea!

    Is there a list anywhere of all participating “OpenID” sites?

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  14. denise says:

    Dr Nic OpenID for WordPress…

    I found this page interesting and linked to it from my blog….

  15. Dr Nic says:

    Ok, now I’ve added the OpenID login field into the comment section, so no needing to “login” – you just specify your OpenID url and comment and go. If I’d read the plugin instructions I would have seen this… doh!

    All I had to add to my comments.php theme was:

          <label for="openid_url_comment_form">OpenID Identity<br />
            <input style="background: white url(http://drnicwilliams.com/wp-content/plugins/wpopenid/images/openid.gif)
                  no-repeat; background-position: 0 50%; padding-left: 18px;"
          			 type="text" name="openid_url" id="openid_url_comment_form" size="28" tabindex="0"/>
        <h4>DIY details</h4>

    just before the login fields itself.

    For more details, read the plugin’s README.

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  17. Psyonic says:

    I think I got this all working… very cool.

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