It seems that the 40k blogosphere has settled on blogger as platform for most people. I’m sure this has more than a little to do with the fact that it’s easy to use, simple to setup, and integrates 100% with their gmail accounts. That’s all fine and dandy with me, but blogger seems to be too limited for my likes. I like the extensibility afforded to me by using a WordPress.org account. I can very easily add widgets, play with the scripting behind the scenes, and generally theme it however I like. But it’s not without it’s drawbacks.
Fully 1/3 of my traffic comes from FTW’s site, and a major disadvantage is that the blogroll’s on Ron’s site don’t pull pictures from WordPress blogs–only from Blogspot hosted ones. Since my site doesn’t have a picture, I presume I receive less traffic because of that. I’m ok with that though, but I have vowed to figure out how to get pictures on that blogroll! That’s really for another post though.
Another disadvantage is that I can’t sign in to comment on blogspot blogs automatically. Anyone who already has an account there, can just use that account to authenticate to the given blog and post. Granted, I could create a blogger account of my own, but it wouldn’t link back to this blog, so it defeats the purpose (besides, someone already has the handle “Warhammer39999″ on there). So, I diligently worked on implementing a solution called OpenID.
After getting it up and running (which was no small feat, mind you), everything worked swimmingly for months, but in the past two weeks, that all went to pot. Without warning, I’m suddenly getting failures when I try to post any comments on blogger sites. I always get one of two error messages (neither of which is any help):
Your OpenID credentials could not be verified.
The thing is that it’s only with blogger sites. OpenID works fine with Disqus, openid.org, and other sites I’ve used to test it with, but blogger hates it now. I s’pose I should go to Godaddy and see if they’ve changed my PHP version somehow, but aside from that, I can’t think of a logical reason why this would just up and stop working. And Google seems to be of little-to-no help on this one. :(
That’s why I’m reaching out here to the internets. Is anyone else using OpenID for authentication? Have you had problems recently (or in the past) that are similar to what I’m describing? Any help you can provide would be mucho appreciated.
Until then, I’m forced to use Name/URL, and that means I can’t comment on many blogs. Hopefully I can get this figured out before too long…