Movable Type 4.0: The Ultimate Peace Maker

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Movable Type 4.0 is most developer-friendly release of the Movable Type platform to date. We have devoted countless hours creating some of the best developer documentation Six Apart has ever produced, and even harder trying to build into Movable Type the interfaces and APIs that make building a plugin on top of Movable Type as quick and easy as possible.

One of those features is Movable Type's extensible OpenID authentication framework. Granted Movable Type will support any user wishing to authenticate via any valid OpenID provider, but in acknowledgment of the fact that OpenID is not widely understood by the masses, we wanted to provide a framework that would allow users to give a customized login experiences for specific OpenID providers, like our own Vox and LiveJournal.

Wordpress OpenId ScreenshotSix Apart, the company I work for and the inventors of OpenID, were thrilled when Wordpress announced that it would support the OpenID protocol. Their support means our products can work more closely together and our communities can share in more meaningful and secure ways. To illustrate, I wrote a plugin for Movable Type that gives a customized login experience for Wordpress users wishing to leave comments on Movable Type blogs - all via OpenID.

Enjoy.

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I’ve adapted your plugin for visitors from AOL’s various properties: AIM OpenID Login. One of the things I changed in my plugin was the login form’s HTML code, so that the Sign In button is styled the same way as all the other Sign In buttons on that page.

Since most of my users come from Facebook, I’d really like to see a login plugin for that site. Unfortunately, I’m not sure if it’s against their terms of service to make Facebook users’ names publicly available. (Showing only their user ID on comments pages would be hideous.) So I’ll have to settle for AIM. But thanks for making this plugin – it’s a great idea!

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