Why Did We Build a WordPress SSO Plugin?
Before we explain why we built a WordPress SSO (single sign-on) plugin, a few words about our product. We’ve built a universal API for developers, to allow them to add any number of SSO options or identity providers to their existing login screens. Two snippets of code: one on the front-end and one on the back-end.
What is LogonLabs, though?
At first blush, we may seem like the new kids on the block, but we’ve been hanging tough for ages — Our core team built, operated (for over 12 years!), and then sold DeliverySlip in May of this year. In that time, we had customers ask us about allowing their users to sign in using existing accounts like Google and Facebook. They also asked about identity providers like Okta, OneLogin, and Siteminder. In our quest to build the product our customers wanted, we inadvertently became experts in authentication and identity.
The things we learned and built have informed the product that LogonLabs is today. Our API allows developers to support the popular SSO options like Google, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Apple and enterprise identity providers like Microsoft, Okta, and OneLogin. Not only can you add login options easily, but you get control over user access to your system. Want to block a user permanently or temporarily? Want to revoke access or block an entire region of the world? Our dashboard and map make it easy.
So why a plugin? Here are the three main reasons we thought a WordPress SSO plugin was a good idea.
WordPress is the Dominant CMS
WordPress is the most popular CMS (Content Management System) on the planet, with a whopping 60% market share. In fact, WordPress is in use in 33.5% of all websites online. It’s little wonder why: it’s free, it’s user-friendly, and owing to its prevalence, many publishers are already familiar with it.
The WordPress Community
With the popularity of WordPress as a platform comes a lot of expertise within the community. Specifically, we are talking about the developers of the core product and the creators of the vast library of useful plugins.
With the ease of use of WordPress plugins, the ongoing support of a massive open-source community, it was obvious to us that we should add our product to the mix as well. And while our product is free, the WordPress ecosystem allows for commercial products to be included in the plugin directory as well.
In fact, we can’t say enough about the WordPress Plugin Directory. Not only is it a great way to expose our product to WordPress developers, but we employ a number of popular and useful plugins on this very site.
Are you a WordPress developer, building either member sites with login screens or web apps on the WordPress platform? Try our universal API and add the SSO options of your choice and please give us your feedback.
Making Life Easier for WordPress Developers
We have a roadmap for the future development of our API but we wanted to start with a product that does one simple thing very well. Adding SSO to your existing login screens can be a headache. Having to support those sing-on options after that fact is not only tedious but also risky.
Our aim was to help digital agencies and web vendors add SSO in the simplest way possible — making it so easy that they wouldn’t dare consider doing it themselves. By releasing a WordPress plugin, we’ve removed even more friction to the process for WP devs. But we are far from done.
We Want to Hear From You
Like any new plugin, we are keen to have developers install it, make it live and offer your feedback. Your installs and reviews are very helpful and your feedback will help shape the future of the product. Is there an enterprise IdP (identity provider) that we don’t support that you’d like us to add?