SSO with Wordpress but users cannot change their username


(Paul Kortman) #1

I have the SSO for Wordpress installed configured and working,… users are able to signup/login as expected.

However users cannot change their username.

I’ve set the username change period to 90 days but that still doesn’t allow users to change their name (within 90 days of creating the account, users still cannot change their username)

Here’s the user’s screenshot showing the lack of an edit pencil next to their username.

(cpradio) #2

Fairly certain this is because you are using SSO and since you tied it to your wordpress database, that is where the change would have to take place.

(Adam Capriola) #3

What @cpradio said and also I’m guessing you might have the sso overrides username setting enabled.

(Kane York) #4

Yep, if you turn that off people should be able to change their username again.

(Paul Kortman) #5

Thanks all! I unchecked the sso overrides username and viola it worked!

Thanks for your help!

(Steven Greco) #6

Would this break the sso with workdpress if people are chaging their
username on Discourse? WP does not allow the changing of usernames.

(Adam Capriola) #7

There are some WP plugins that let you change usernames. I use this one:

If you have sso overrides username enabled then the next time the users logs in their username will update in Discourse. If you have it disabled, then I think if you just change their username in Discourse to match all should be fine.

(Steven Greco) #8

Great. Thanks.

When changing the username do i change in discourse as well or will SSO update it for me? I am assuming i need to update Discourse as well through admin so it does not create a new account correct?

(Paul Kortman) #9

Is there a way to allow a user to change usernames in Discourse and sync it back to WP?

(Kane York) #10

Not right now, no. The whole design of SSO is around the remote being the source of truth about identity.

(Felix Freiberger) #11

Changing the username will not break SSO.

SSO is never tied to the username, but to the external id and E-Mail address. If the external ID is not known to Discourse, it associates it with the account having the same E-Mail address (or creates a new one). Afterwards, any changes to the account won’t affect this invisible link, Discourse will always recognize the account by its ID.

(Steven Greco) #12

Thanks. That makes sense.