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Socky the Moogle ([personal profile] sockymcsockerson) wrote2012-06-07 12:15 am

[ how to openid ]

So, I should probably have done this one a little earlier, but here's a quick guide to OpenID for people coming over from Livejournal. I'll be covering just the basis; i.e. how to log in, how to upload icons, and how to claim your OpenID posts and comments if you get a Dreamwidth account (and for those of you who've imported your entries over from LJ, this might be something you want to consider, especially if the long OpenID is messing with your layouts).

Getting Your OpenID

The first step is simple! In order to use your OpenID, you're going to have to log in with it. You don't have to create any new accounts for this, all you have to do is simply go to this page and enter your livejournal account in the box, like so, and click the Login button. You'll be prompted to grant an Identity Validation here. Simply select any of the 'Yes' options, and you're good to go.

Quick note: In order for this to work, you're going to need to be logged into that same Livejournal account as well. If you're not, it'll take you to LJ and make you log in to continue. You might as well save yourself the trouble and do it beforehand, I figure.

Now, you don't have to set and confirm your email address to begin commenting, but if you want notifications for whenever you do, then that'd be a good idea! Just click the appropriate link to set it. A validation email should be sent to you shortly, but if it isn't, just go here to send it to yourself.

And that's all there is to setting up your OpenID! You can start commenting away. But, chances are, that's not all you want to do, so that brings us right to-

Uploading Icons

This one's simple. Just go to the menubar, and under Create, select Upload Icons.

It's right here:

That'll bring you to the Edit Icons page, and you can upload up to 15 icons either from files or URLs. I find the fact that Dreamwidth lets you upload multiple icons at once really handy, too. Once you upload icons, you can change their keywords, comments, and add in a description, just as you would with a normal Dreamwidth account.

Now that you're done with that, your comments should've gone from looking like this:

To this:

All done here! But there was one more thing on that list...

Claiming Your OpenID

If you're wandering what this does, then straight from the FAQ:
If you've imported your journal or a community that you've posted in, and want to update the imported comments and community entries so that the comments and entries appear to come from your Dreamwidth account instead of your OpenID, you can claim your OpenID account with your Dreamwidth account.
So basically, all those posts I've made with my OpenID will show up as if they've been made by [personal profile] sockymcsockerson rather than sockythemoogle instead.

What you have to do now, if you want to claim your OpenID, is to first log out of your OpenID account and log into whichever Dreamwidth account you want to claim it with. In this case, that'd be [personal profile] sockymcsockerson for me.

From there, go to this page. Entering in the OpenID URL from your livejournal will take you to your second Identity Validation form if you didn't select the 'Yes; always' option previously. Just hit yes again, if you get this.

Another quick note, though- make sure to enter the full URL of the OpenID account. That is, I'd be putting in '' instead of just '' in here.

After you've done all this, a confirmation email should be sent to you shortly. Like it says on that page, the email will take about an hour before it arrives.

Maybe you could watch some Nyan Cat while waiting for it to come?


How about some OMFGDOGS instead? Or even Procatinator! Alternatively, sit back and Get Classy, or just hang out on The Nicest Place on the Internet for a while.


Well, here's what my email looked like when it came. Take note of that warning- once you merge the comments you've made with your OpenID with your Dreamwidth account, you can't undo it. If you'd like to go right ahead, hit the link, and-

Oh, well, that looks like it might take a while- but this one is really up to chance. In my case, the changeover from my OpenID to my Dreamwidth account was almost instantaneous. If you've made more comments, though, or have more entries waiting, it could take longer. Either way, once you're done, any comments and entries you made which has your OpenID name applied to it will now be listed under your Dreamwidth account.

And we're finally finished with this guide! Phew, that took a while- I hope it was helpful, though. As always, if you have any further questions, leave a comment and I'll try to get back to you as soon as I can.

Oh! One more thing: if you want to check out any of my previous guides on changing site styles, labelling 'new' comments to an entry, using LJ Juggler / LJ login and getting into roleplaying, check out my master list here. Also, feel free to drop off a comment here if you have any feedback on the guides overall or suggestions for more things I could do up.

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(Anonymous) 2012-06-07 03:25 am (UTC)(link)
This is super useful, and the images help a lot.

Thank you for making this and the other guides!

(Anonymous) 2012-06-08 04:33 pm (UTC)(link)
You're welcome!

I too was super confused at first.

I think that Denise (one of the DW owners) said in the comments of one of the news posts that the FAQs need to be updated since the information is months old, and many of these details are relatively recent changes.

But yeah, making guides, explanations, tutorials, etc. is a good way to organize the information you already know and find out what you're missing! It definitely is as good for the people reading the guide as it is for the person making it. ♥