I think that OpenID is a great idea, but there are just too many providers to choose from. Without even actively signing up for one, I’ve got at least six OpenID’s already: one from WordPress, another from Technorati, and from Blogger, Yahoo!, Flickr and AOL. Either one would do fine, but one thing bugs me: do I really want my identity associated with one of these companies? I don’t dislike either one, but my only relation to them is that I use their products. I don’t think of myself as a WordPress user, I’m not even a loyal one (my other blog is based on Chyrp).
One solution is to go with an OpenID provider that uses less branded URL:s. By way of recommendation I have found myOpenID, which works. Your ID URL looks like http://username.myopenid.com/, which I think is perfectly acceptable. But it gets better. It turns out that myOpenID has a feature where you can use your own domain in your OpenID URL (look for “Your Domains” in the menu). If your hosting company gives you access to the DNS records of your domain you can set it up so that you can create OpenID’s that look like they are hosted by you — and in the background myOpenID does all the authentication and provides the administrative tools.
In a few minutes I managed to get it configured and I’m happy to say that I can now identify myself as http://openid.iconara.net/theo. That is the kind of URL that I think everyone should be able to have if OpenID is going to become the one and only authentication platform on the web. It describes what it is (“openid”) and who I am (“theo” of “iconara”).
Oh, and is it only me or does the OpenID logo look just like the PlayStation logo when it appears in icon size (as it usually does in login screens and such)?