Blackboard Single Sign-On (SSO) / Login using WordPress as SAML IdP

Blackboard Single Sign-On (SSO) / Login using WordPress as SAML IdP


Blackboard is one of the world's fastest growing learning management systems. You can now Single Sign-On (SSO) / Login into Blackboard using WordPress as Identity provider (IdP) with Login using WordPress Users ( WP as SAML IDP ) plugin. Our plugin gives you the ability to use your WordPress (WP) credentials to Single Sign-On (SSO) / Login into Blackboard. Here we will go through a step-by-step guide to configure SSO between Blackboard as SP (Service Provider) and WordPress as IdP (Identity Provider).

Pre-requisites: Download And Installation

To integrate the WordPress site as an Identity Provider, you will need to install the miniOrange Login using WordPress Users ( WP as SAML IDP ) plugin:

Guide to set up SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) in Blackboard with WordPress (WP)

1. Setup Blackboard as SP (Service Provider)

  • Go to the WordPress IDP plugin, navigate to the IDP Metadata tab.
  • Here, you can find the Identity Provider Metadata URL /XML File or endpoints like IDP Entity ID, SAML Login URL, SAML Logout URL (Premium Feature), Certificate for SP configuration.
  • Blackboard SSO login using Wordpress
  • Login to your Blackboard site as Admin.
  • Navigate to System Admin and click on Authentication.
  • Select Create Provider, click on SAML and then enter the following details.
  • Name WordPress
    Authentication Provider Set as Active
    User Lookup Method Username
    Restrict by Hostname Select Use this provider for any host names
    Link Text Type the title for the link as you want it to appear on the Blackboard Learn login page
  • Select Save and Configure.
  • To configure Service Provider follow the steps given below.
Entity ID Enter a value that describes this Blackboard Environment (i.e. 'BlackBoardProd')
Enable Automatic SSO Checked
Single Logout Service Type Select Post and Redirect
    Blackboard SSO login using Wordpress
  • Click on Generate to download the SP metadata for configuring your WordPress site.
  • Select the Compatible Data Sources from the list that this authentication provider should be compatible with. This is important when the authentication provider contains accounts that are shared with existing data sources. If the user exists and is associated with a data source that is not ticked the user will not be successfully authenticated.
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  • Select the checkbox to have the system automatically create a new account for the user if their information is not found.
  • In the Error Message text box, you can provide a custom message for users in case SAML authentication doesn't work as expected.
  • Select Point Identity Provider for the Identity Provider Type and enter the following details.
  • Metadata URL You can get the Metadata URL from the IDP Metadata of the plugin
    Metadata File Upload the metadata file downloaded from WordPress
    Remote User ID Select NameID as the Remote User ID
  • You have configured Blackboard successfully.

2. Configure WordPress (WP) as IdP (Identity Provider)

  • In the WordPress IDP plugin, navigate to the Service Provider tab and enter the values corresponding to the information from Blackboard.
  • Service Provider Name Blackboard
    SP Entity ID or Issuer Copy and paste the SP-EntityID from Blackboard
    ACS URL Copy and paste the ACS URL from Blackboard
    NameID Format urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:1.1:nameid-format:emailAddress
    Assertion Signed Checked
    Blackboard SSO login using Wordpress
  • Click on the Save button to save your configuration.

3. Attribute Mapping (This is a premium feature)

  • In the WordPress IDP plugin, navigate to the Attribute/Role Mapping tab.
  • In the User Attributes section, enter the following information and click on Save .
  • You can also add more attributes by clicking on + sign to add attributes.
  • FirstName first_name
    LastName last_name
    Email user_email
    UserName user_login
    DisplayName display_name
    Blackboard SSO login using Wordpress
  • In Blackboard Service Provider map the following attributes.
  • Title Username
    First Name FirstName
    Last Name LastName
    Email Email

You have successfully configured SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) in Blackboard using WordPress (WP) as SAML IdP. Now you can seamlessly login into Blackboard using your WordPress (WP) Login credentials.

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