How to Use Your Own URL, Not's, As Your OpenID


OpenID Sign announced today that you can use your blog URL as an OpenID. That means you can log into sites supporting OpenID using that URL. You just enter the URL, click on the sign in button, and you’ll be directed to to sign in if you’re not already and to confirm that you want to pass your identity to the site. Note you must be an administrator on the blog you’re using, and the OpenIDs belong to a blog as a whole not just one user on the blog, so it probably won’t work so well for blogs with multiple users.

This is great if you use a custom domain name like mapped to but not so great if you’re just using’s basic URL. As we move towards a world of single sign-on, you will want to be in control of your identity. Ideally, your OpenID username (which is expressed as a URL) will be under your control and will represent you independently of any particular platform or service. It should use a domain name you own–probably if you are fortunate and/or foresightful enough to have it.

If you do own a URL you’d like to use as your OpenID, with or someone else as your OpenID provider, that’s pretty easy to do:

1. Sign up with an OpenID provider such as LiveJournal, MyOpenID, or

2. Delegate OpenID handling from your home page (e.g., index.html) on your OpenID domain to your service provider by adding this to the <head> section of the HTML (example given for

<link rel=”openid.server” href=”″>
<link rel=”openid.delegate” href=””>

To find the OpenID server name to use in the first link, go to your OpenID page at your OpenID service provider, do a “view source” on the page, and search for “openid.server” within the text. You’ll see the server specified right there. The URL in the second link is just your URL at your OpenID provider. Now, should you ever want to switch OpenID providers, you just edit your home page. Your OpenID username stays the same.

Once you’ve done this, you should be able to login at any OpenID-enabled services, but not, unfortunately, blogs themselves. is only an OpenID provider right now; it doesn’t not support OpenID logins itself.



Great article. You should write more about this topic because most of us are interested in the subject.


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sir, I am a novice, I am not able to understand what is the use of url

Judi Sohn

@What, it’s like when you register your own domain. If your hosting provider goes south, you can be up and running somewhere else (assuming you’ve backed everything up) in as long as it takes to for your new name server info to propagate.

If you use your own domain as your OpenID, you are not held to the whims of whatever OpenID provider you are using. Let’s say MyOpenID closed up shop tomorrow, as unlikely as that is. You immediately start using WordPress (or MyVidoop, or LiveJournal, or Bloglines, etc.) as your OpenID provider and all it takes is a change of 2 lines in your own HTML. You don’t have to go to all the sites that you’ve been using your OpenID URL as the login and change your access information.

You’re also more likely to remember your domain compared to


Thank you very much for your post. You helped me a lot, because I always wanted to leave comments to my LJ friends under my openId wired to my blog. I couldn’t do it before, but now I can:) If you don’t mind, I posted a more WordPress oriented brief tutorial where I mentioned this article. Well done!

Lorelle VanFossen

This is great, though you might want to turn the quote marks into character entities so it makes the code easier to copy.

This issue of OpenID has been a pain for many users, so this is a great tip. Thanks!

Thejesh GN

I would rather prefer to make my ‘about’ page as my OpenId. For example
would be great as a an openId. When ever you login to any service provider your URL is shown. And your URL is your identity. Making your about page as your identity i more appropriate.As it a gives chance for readers to know who are you. And you need to maintain only one updated profile.

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