Some of you may wonder what OpenID actually is. So, here's a short introduction to OpenID: OpenID can get you out of the "account jungle" most of us suffer from on the Internet. It is a decentralized single signon system, which allows Internet users to log on to many different websites using only one username and one password.
Your OpenID address looks like a www-address and can be linked especially well in different forums or other blogs. What is best: You can also register the URL of your Jimdo Page with your OpenID provider as your personal OpenID. If your homepage is at the same time your OpenID, you'll profit from some advantages:
1.) just remember the name of your homepage as your username for other sites
2.) Your homepage is linked automatically on other websites (e.g. if you login to forums via OpenID)
And that's how it works:
1. Get an OpenID from an OpenID provider
There are several providers you can choose from. Here you'll find a list of different providers, just have a look at them. It's free and easy: wiki.openid.net/OpenIDServers. Once you finished creating your OpenID, you can add the URL of your Jimdo Page in your OpenID account so that you'll be able to use it as your OpenID later.
2. Login to your Jimdo Page
Click on Jimdo Account > Open ID configuration. Here you enter your external OpenID so that you can use it for Jimdo. If you additionally click on the little checkmark ("Use your Jimdo Page as OpenID") and enter the URL of your Jimdo Page you'll be able to use your Jimdo Page as your OpenID. Don't forget to save it! ;)
3. Login with OpenID
Next time you login, you can log into your Jimdo Page with the OpenID you chose. When you click on "Login", a window pops up and your OpenID provider asks you to enter your password or (if you're already logged in during this session) to verify your identity.
Of course, you can also login at many other web services that support OpenID with your Jimdo Page (if you have ticked "Use your Jimdo Page as OpenID"). If you don't want to use OpenID, of course it's up to you whether you want it or not.
For more information on OpenID please check Wikipedia
If you have further questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. :)
All the best,
Your Jimdo Team