One of the biggest frustrations that we bloggers that are using Blogger have to endure is undoubtedly Blogger’s failure to let us conveniently leave comments on other Blogger blogs with OpenID. We are forced to use some other identities such as Blogger/Google Profile or Name/URL and we are not happy with that at all! :(
Even though Blogger has provided such facility for bloggers and blog visitors, it no longer works as it should be and the problem has been around for so many months (perhaps years!) now. Some bloggers have filed numerous complaints at the Blogger Help forum but so far nothing has been done to help us solve this particular problem.
Alright, let’s take a closer look at this problem now.
How does the ‘Your OpenID credentials could not be verified’ error look like?
You should see something similar with the one shown in the following screenshot after attempting to leave a comment on a Blogger blog via OpenID.
Alright, now that you know how the error looks like, let’s go and learn how to solve it (hopefully) indefinitely.
How to solve Blogger’s OpenID ‘Your OpenID credentials could not be verified’ error?
In order to solve this (hopefully) once and for all, you need to have at least one of the following requirements:
- Your own Google Profile account or
- Your own Google+ account.
Note: Your Google Profile account would no longer be accessible if you have joined the Google+ bandwagon like I do.
Go to your Blogger Dashboard, choose the blog that you want to destroy with this hack (just kidding!), hit ‘Template’ and click on the ‘Edit HTML’ button. You need access to your whole template to get this work for you, so please enable the ‘Expand Widget Templates’ option.
Locate your <head> and </head> section and place the following codes that contain a few HTML <link> rel attributes anywhere in between <head> and </head>:
<link rel='openid2.provider' href='https://www.google.com/accounts/o8/ud?source=profiles' />
<link rel='openid2.local_id' href='URL to your Google Profile OR Google+' />
<link rel='openid.server' href='http://www.blogger.com/openid-server.g' />
Kindly replace the part colored in red with the URL link to your Google Profile or your Google+ account. Once completed, hit the ‘Save template’ button and wait for a few minutes.
Yes, you have to wait for a while before you can start testing the hack shown earlier. I waited for about 10 minutes before testing the above hack and let me show you the result. Take a look at the following screenshot. :)
All hail Andrew!
Many thank to Andrew Arnott, the guy that ‘helped’ me on this particular solution. Yes… Back in March 9th 2010, Andrew shared a tip to help bloggers ‘upgrade’ Blogger’s kind of obsolete OpenID Endpoint address with the help of Google Profile. What Andrew didn’t know today is that his methods could also be used to help bloggers fix the Blogger’s OpenID ‘Your OpenID credentials could not be verified’ error!
Andrew’s tip didn’t work for me right away since I have embraced Google+ and no longer has my old Google Profile account. I had to run some tests of my own and then I discovered that we can also use our Google+ accounts to connect with OpenID. Thus, solving the irritating Blogger’s OpenID ‘Your OpenID credentials could not be verified’ error at the same time!
Thank you, Andrew! :)