openid or standard authentication

After I wrote this post I discovered some things about another ID system which may be better than the one here. See my post: OpenID vs. BrowserID.

Do I want users of my app to have the standard username, password and email — and be required to verify their ownership of that email address during registeration? Or, do I want to use OpenID — where the user has a username and email — and, verification of authenticity gets delegated to OpenID?

A CodeIgniter wiki post suggests both be used. As a matter of fact most websites use both.

  • A user may be more comfortable the standard way.
  • A user may be unable to do OpenID registration because of a bug.
  • OpenID may become obsolete.

Note: OAuth is a standard which is related to OpenID. Consider implementing it also.

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