Saturday, December 29, 2007

How to Use Your Blogger URL as an OpenID


Blogger did away with the URL stamp in comments, but it did quickly implement OpenID on December 13th as I found out from CyberCelt. Here are the usual ways to get an OpenID:
AOL openid.aol.com/screenname
LiveDoor profile.livedoor.com/username
LiveJournal username.livejournal.com
Orange (France Telecom) http://openid.orange.fr/
SmugMug username.smugmug.com
Technorati technorati.com/people/technorati/username
Vox member.vox.com
WordPress.com username.wordpress.com
But that doesn't do any good for folks on Blogger who'd like to use their blog URL. If you already have a LiveJournal, Vox, VeriSign or MyOpenID account, check out Simon Willison's directions. If not, here's a method that will work:
  1. Get a Yahoo account if you don't already have one.
  2. Sign up for an account on idproxy.net using your Yahoo account.
  3. Once you have logged in, the bottom of your idproxy.net dashboard should say:
    You can also use your own site as an OpenID.
  4. The directions will say to insert two lines code after the head tag of your website. You can add this directly to your Blogger template. Be sure to add the closing slash '/>' as Blogger enforces XHTML.
  5. Now you can make comments and leave your Blogger URL under the OpenID identity. This works with blogspot.com blogs as well as Blogger blogs hosted under a separate domain name.
  6. Be sure to log into idproxy.net before leaving comments as that makes the process run smoother.
If you don't already have a Yahoo account, you can sign up with MyOpenID and follow the directions from Sam Ruby.

4 comments :

Christine said...

I missed this whole controversy! And frankly, I don't even totally understand it! I should probably be embarrassed, but that's how clueless I am.

Found you from FuelMyBlog, BTW.

melissa said...

Thanks for this!

CyberCelt said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and sharing the OpenID story. I am moving my blogs off Blogger. To change a policy without doing anything but putting it on the Blogger buzz blog is a travesty.

orient-lodge.com said...

My blog is based on Drupal and I added the ability to use OpenID on that a while ago. I'm glad to see that Blogger is now supporting OpenID. It would be nice if they could tie OpenID to Gravatar, perhaps using something like ClaimID which links OpenIDs and email addresses. (Gravatar is based on email addresses). I wrote a blog post about that today.

Also, I knew about most of the sites supporting OpenID, except Technorati. Somehow, I missed that they support OpenID as well. I've added my Technorati OpenID to my ClaimID profile.

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