Any recommendations for sites out there that I can study to see how to gracefully convert to OpenID from a non-OpenID based account system?
I just poked around trenchmice, and that’s a good way _not_ to do it. Specifically:
- UI for logging in splits out signing in from registering at the beginning, whereas I think with an OpenID it’d be better to authenticate first and then create an account if needed.
- No support for iNames
- it’s a registration that requires a lot of sreg-data, including country, postal code, etc.
- even with the sreg data filled in, it didn’t like my canadian postal code.
I’ve also noticed pogo.com, which is interesting in that they hide OpenID quite well, it being indicated primarily by a link next to the choice of userid that reads “Use my AOL or AIM screen name”. A tweak on that process might work better for us, although we’d want to be clear about the use of OpenID.
NB: We would naturally not require the creation of a third-party OpenID to login to our web properties — most likely, we’d become an OpenID provider and simply upgrade existing accounts to be OpenID accounts — letting users decide whether to user their ActiveState OpenID on other sites or vice versa.