OpenID Support

openid.pngWikispaces now allows you to login using OpenID. This is a great addition to Wikispaces and another success for OpenID but why is it important for you?

You may have noticed that when you want to use a new website, you typically have to create a new user account. You choose a username, a password, maybe give your email address, set your timezone, and so on. Using OpenID means that instead of creating a new account on each website you use, you can just login using your OpenID account.

In addition to this convenience, using OpenID means that your password only needs to be stored by your OpenID provider which makes things simpler and more secure for you.

The OpenID system is open, decentralized, and free. OpenID.net says,

Nobody should own this. Nobody’s planning on making any money from this. The goal is to release every part of this under the most liberal licenses possible, so there’s no money or licensing or registering required to play. It benefits the community as a whole if something like this exists, and we’re all a part of the community.

That’s the kind of statement and commitment we’re glad to get behind. So we’re proud and pleased to be able to support OpenID.

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If you’re interested in getting started with OpenID, you could use your WordPress, AOL (go to http://openid.aol.com/yourAOLusername), or TypeKey accounts, or sign up with someone like MyOpenID. OpenID.net also has a more complete list of providers.

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11 Comments

  1. Posted July 18, 2007 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

    Which begs the question : how do I login using OpenId if I have an existing account. When I try I get the following message :

    # We already have a member with this username
    # We already have a member with this email address.

  2. Posted July 18, 2007 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

    Dear support,

    I tried to use my openID instead of my normal ID, but instead of login, wikispaces told me my user-name already exists and could not create it again. I did not remember to click at “create”, just sign in. What I did wrong?

    Thanks,
    Beco.

  3. Posted July 18, 2007 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

    Hi Bill,

    We don’t have a way to associate existing accounts with OpenID yet. We are planning on adding this in the future, we just have to connect a few things in our login plumbing.

    Best,
    James

  4. Posted August 3, 2007 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

    So, just to get this clear in my head. Because I already have an existing account…I’ll stay with that. But, this year as I introduce my wiki and bloggin to my students, I could / should begin them with this openID…and then they won’t all be forgetting what ID goes where?

  5. Posted August 3, 2007 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

    Bill, beco, and others,

    We just added support for associating an existing Wikispaces account with your OpenID. First, log in to Wikispaces normally, with your username and password, then click “My Account” at the top of the page, and look toward the bottom of the page for the “OpenID” section. It will ask you to log in using OpenID and associate the two accounts. After that, you’ll be able to log in to your existing Wikispaces account using OpenID.

    Dom

  6. Posted August 6, 2007 at 9:51 am | Permalink

    Dea,

    I would suggest having your students use OpenID if it’s important to you that they have common accounts across multiple services.

  7. Posted August 15, 2007 at 6:13 am | Permalink

    I really felt like the village idiot however I am keen to have this site working for my students so must press on as i do intend to use it across multiple services also. Thanks Dom here goes everything

  8. Posted August 15, 2007 at 6:17 am | Permalink

    At last I’m in. Last week I was trying to logon at a primary school however the IT terchnition explained at their school their ability to log on at this school may not be possible as their signal limit may not meet the requirement needed to access this. Any comments for this as the students are keen to be involved

  9. Posted August 15, 2007 at 6:38 am | Permalink

    My second approach is to setup a program for my Masters study program especially for students with language difficulties i.e. Dyslexia or Aspergus /Autism Syndrome.

    This must be as a workshop addressing classroom teachers, assistants, parents. I am keen to do this through I Pod and elearning.

  10. Wendy
    Posted August 24, 2007 at 7:17 am | Permalink

    I had created two wikispaces accounts for my two grade levels. It would be easier for me to manage the sites if I could log in to one account and be able to access both sites from there. That is what I thought OpenID would permit me to do. I had no trouble associating the first account with the OpenID I created, but when I tried to associate the second account, I got the message, “The OpenID account you are using is already in use by another associate.” So I guess that is the end of the road and I will need to log on to each account separately… is that right? In this case, I don’t see where we gain any advantage by using OpenID here. The minimal time saved in not having to enter email address and time zone, etc., during future account creations on other sites is certainly wasted by having to type the longer OpenID name (which is a URL) each time I would log on using OpenID.

  11. Posted August 24, 2007 at 8:28 am | Permalink

    Wendy,

    You can manage multiple wikispaces with your regular user account. You don’t need OpenID.

    Email us at help@wikispaces.com and we’ll help sort things out for you.

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