Damn that Mark Paschal! I’ve been sitting on the fact that TypeKey was about to become an OpenID service ever since I noticed (about a week ago) that my profile page included an openid.server link tag, but I was waiting to mention it until the service started working and went live. Then today, I noticed that Mark went and scooped me, and when I went and tested it out it worked perfectly! (Seems logical that Mark would scoop me, though, seeing as Mark works for the company that created TypeKey, Six Apart…) I’m glad to see more services supporting the OpenID standard; it’s a standard that will work best when services are created that link OpenID identities to layers of information that vouch for a person’s real-world identity, and TypeKey is a good start in that direction.


Is there an easy way to get OpenID login support added to an MT blog? Now that TypeKey has a server running, I’m really looking forward to using OpenID a lot.

• Posted by: Scott Johnson [TypeKey Profile Page] on Sep 24, 2005, 10:01 PM

Scott, I haven’t seen a tutorial explaining it, but I didn’t find it more than about a ten-minute job to add support here. The key is Mark Paschal’s OpenID Comments plugin (currently at version 1.3), which adds support to an MT installation. After that, you just have to add a template tag or two here and there (it’s reasonably well-explained in the README), and then tweak your stylesheets and/or Javascript as needed. I’m happy to help however I can!

• Posted by: Jason on Sep 25, 2005, 9:16 PM

Ten minutes of template hacking is certainly doable. I really need to update my comment forms anyhow. I still have MT 2.6 template code for comment forms. It has been needing an update for quite some time, and now with all of this OpenID goodness, I think I have run out of excuses.

• Posted by: Scott Johnson [TypeKey Profile Page] on Sep 26, 2005, 2:28 PM

I’m getting 500 errors when I click your “Sign in” button.

• Posted by: Brad Fitzpatrick on Oct 2, 2005, 9:23 PM

Yeah, I’m a moron and forgot to set the script’s permissions when I upgraded to the latest version. It’s a wonder I’m allowed to run this website. It’s fixed now.

• Posted by: Jason on Oct 2, 2005, 10:37 PM

Hello, I hope that your knowledge of the OpenID comments plugin can help me.

I’ve been trying to find help everywhere in installing OpenID Comments on my MT blog. I have the plugin installed in MT, but as far as where to insert the thunk tags for the login fields, I am completely lost. I’m using the standard MT templates which I have not tweaked at all. I tried inserting the tags as per Mark’s directions, but that didn’t seem to work. I tried inserting them several other places in the template but to no avail. I’m definitely missing something but am so frustrated at this point. Where do I need tags and in what specific templates do I need to be working in? Please help.

• Posted by: Alex [TypeKey Profile Page] on Nov 4, 2005, 2:37 AM

Alex, what site are you configuring? I can take a look… you didn’t give me an email address to reply to you at, though, so I’m commenting here.

• Posted by: Jason on Nov 6, 2005, 4:39 PM
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