[wp-hackers] Should OpenID be in WP core?

Elias Torres elias at torrez.us
Wed Mar 7 18:50:18 GMT 2007


I'm new to the list but I'm a WordPress user and developer (helping with
Atom Publishing Protocol - app.php) and have been following the OpenID
[1] development for which I would like to restart the discussion
[2,3,4,5,6]. See also [10]

OpenID is an open, decentralized, free framework for user-centric
digital identity. The purpose would be for users to authenticate for
both publishing entries and comments in WordPress installations. Very
similar to what TypeKey does, except in an open non-proprietary way.

There's currently an open ticket on Trac [7] to support OpenID for both
accounts and comments. In the comments you'll notice a great start [8]
from Alan J Castonguay. I think that it's fair to say that we could wait
and see for the adoption of the plugin before adding it to core, but I
think that it'll take a long while before we have enough users using
this style of adoption.

If WP were to have this in the core, it should not only be a consumer,
it can be an authentication provider, so if I blog at http://torrez.us/
then I can use that identity to comment on any other OpenID-enabled
WordPress and many other sites that are starting to offer OpenID support.

If you would like to see how simple is to support OpenID providers, you
may read Sam Ruby's post on OpenID for non super users [9].

Also, it's worth noting that WordPress.com is already a provider of
OpenID identities [11].

Anyways, I'm just trying to restart the discussion.



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