Jan 24, 2008 by Matt | Posted in Domains
Well, it looks like OpenID may be catching on. (I’m still not sure if that’s a good thing, though.) Now, wouldn’t it be cool if you could use your website’s domain as your OpenID URL? It’s easy to do. I’ll use my ID as an example.
First, create an OpenID at any provider of your choice. (You can find a list of providers here.) The URL I ended up with is redwallhp.myopenid.com.
Next, decide what you want your customized URL to be. Do you want just your domain, like mydomain.com, or will you set-up a subdomain (or subdirectory)? I ended up picking my new personal blog at matt.ntugo.com.
Now you just need to add two lines of code to your header.
<link rel="openid.server" href="http://www.myopenid.com/server">
<link rel="openid.delegate" href="http://redwall.hp.myopenid.com/">
Replace the italicized part of the first line with the URL of your provider’s OpenID server. A quick Google search will help you find the right URL (e.g. openid.claimid.com for ClaimID users). Replace the italicized bit of the second line with the OpenID URL your provider gave you.
And your done! You can now use your domain as your OpenID URL. This has the benefits of being easy to remember, and you can just change those lines of code if you decide you decide to switch from MyOpenID to ClaimID.
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