Office 365 Single Sign-On (SSO) Secure Access with WordPress OAuth | Office 365 SSO

Office 365 Single Sign-On (SSO) Secure Access with WordPress OAuth | Office 365 SSO


Office 365 Single Sign-On (SSO) with WordPress enables secure login access into WordPress using Office 365 as OAuth and OpenID Connect provider. Enable user authentication & add an extra layer of security by securely accessing your WordPress site using Office 365 with WordPress OAuth & OpenID Connect Single Sign-On (SSO) plugin. Office 365 Single Sign-On (SSO) with WordPress allows users to Single Sign-On (SSO) into their WordPress site with one set of login credentials. Using WordPress with Office 365 SSO will eliminate the need of user-managed login credentials and the risk of phishing. You can also configure WP OAuth Client plugin using different IDPs such as Azure AD, Azure B2C, and other custom OAuth & OpenID providers. It supports advanced Single Sign-On (SSO) features such as user profile Attribute mapping, Role mapping, multi-tenant login etc. Here we will go through a guide to configure Single Sign-On (SSO) between WordPress and Office 365 for secure access to WordPress. By the end of this guide, users should be able to access WordPress with Office 365 SSO increasing security and the user experience during the login process. To know more about other features we provide in WP OAuth Single Sign-On ( OAuth & OpenID Connect Client ) plugin, you can click here.

Pre-requisites : Download And Installation


  • Log into your WordPress instance as an admin.
  • Go to the WordPress Dashboard -> Plugins and click on Add New.
  • Search for a WordPress OAuth Single Sign-On (SSO) plugin and click on Install Now.
  • Once installed click on Activate.



Steps to configure Office 365 Single Sign-On (SSO) Login into WordPress

1. Setup Office 365 as OAuth Provider

  • Sign in to Azure portal.
  • Click on App Services and go to Manage Azure Active Directory.
  • Secure Access with Office 365 Single Sign-On (SSO)-Home-Microsoft-Azure
  • In the left-hand navigation pane, click the App registrations service, and click New registration.
  • Secure Access with Office 365 Single Sign-On (SSO)-App-Registration
  • When the Create page appears, enter your application's registration information:
  • Name : Name of your application.
    Application type :
    1. Select "Web app / API" for client applications and resource/API applications that are installed on a secure server. This setting is used for OAuth confidential web clients and public user-agent-based clients. The same application can also expose both a client and resource/API.
    Sign-on URL :
    1. For "Web app / API" applications, provide the base URL of your app. eg, https://<domain-name> might be the URL for a web app running on your local machine. Users would use this URL to sign in to a web client application.
  • When finished, click Register. Azure AD assigns a unique Application ID to your application. Copy Application ID and the Directory ID , this will be your Client ID and Tenent ID.
  • Secure Access with Office 365 Single Sign-On (SSO)-registration app
  • Go to API permissions from the left navigaton pane and click on Add permissions.
  • Secure Access with Office 365 Single Sign-On (SSO)-Overview
  • Click on Office 365 and add permission.
  • Secure Access with Office 365 Single Sign-On (SSO)-Request-api-permissions
  • Go to Certificates and Secrets from the left navigaton pane and click on New Client Secret. Enter description and expiration time and click on ADD option.
  • Secure Access with Office 365 Single Sign-On (SSO)-Secret-key
  • Copy value. This will be your Secret key.
  • Secure Access with Office 365 Single Sign-On (SSO)-Secret-key-value
  • Enter application Home page URL Logout Settings->Properties->Logout URL.

You have successfully configured Office 365 OAuth Provider in order to provide authentication and authorization for the end users with Office 365 Single Sign-On (SSO) into WordPress with a single set of credentials. This solution ensures improved security & user experience.


2. Setup WordPress as OAuth Client

  • Go to Configure OAuth tab and configure App Name, Client ID, Client Secret, Tenant ID from provided Endpoints
  • openid is already filled but if it doesn't work then configure scope as User.Read and for fetching group info use scope is Directory.read.all.
  • Click on Save Settings to save the configuration.
  • Secure Access with Office 365 Single Sign-On (SSO)-configure-tab

You have successfully configured WordPress as OAuth Client in order to provide authentication and authorization for the end users with Office 365 Single Sign-On (SSO) into WordPress with a single set of credentials. This solution ensures improved security & user experience.


3. User Attribute Mapping

  • User Attribute Mapping is mandatory for enabling users to successfully login into WordPress. We will be setting up user profile attributes for WordPress using below settings.
  • Finding user attributes

    • Go to Configure OAuth tab. Scroll down and click on Test Configuration.
    • Secure Access with Office 365 Single Sign-On (SSO)-test configuration
    • You will see all the values returned by your OAuth Provider to WordPress in a table. If you don't see value for First Name, Last Name, Email or Username, make the required settings in your OAuth Provider to return this information.
    • Once you see all the values in Test Configuration, go to Attribute / Role Mapping tab, you will get the list of attributes in a Username dropdown.
    • Secure Access with Office 365 Single Sign-On (SSO)-atribute mapping

4: Role Mapping [Premium]

  • Click on “Test Configuration” and you will get the list of Attribute Names and Attribute Values that are sent by your OAuth provider.
  • From the Test Configuration window, map the Attribute Names in the Attribute Mapping section of the plugin. Refer to the screenshot for more details.
  • Secure Access with Office 365 Single Sign-On (SSO)-attribute mapping
  • Enable Role Mapping: To enable Role Mapping, you need to map Group Name Attribute. Select the attribute name from the list of attributes which returns the roles from your provider application.
    Eg: Role

  • Secure Access with Office 365 Single Sign-On (SSO)-role mapping
  • Assign WordPress role to the Provider role: Based on your provider application, you can allocate the WordPress role to your provider roles. It can be a student, teacher, administrator or any other depending on your application. Add the provider roles under Group Attribute Value and assign the required WordPress role in front of it under WordPress Role.

    For example, in the below image. Teacher has been assigned the role of Administrator & Student is assigned the role of Subscriber.
  • Secure Access with Office 365 Single Sign-On (SSO)-test configuration
  • Once you save the mapping, the provider role will be assigned the WordPress administrator role after SSO.
    Example: As per the given example, Users with role ‘teacher’ will be added as Administrator in WordPress and ‘student’ will be added as Subscriber.

5: Login Settings / Sign In Settings

  • The settings in Single Sign-On (SSO) Settings tab define the user experience for Single Sign-On (SSO). To add a Office 365 login widget on your WordPress page, you need to follow the below steps.
  • 1. Sign in settings for wordpress 5.7 and before :

    • Go to WordPress Left Panel > Appearances > Widgets.
    • Select miniOrange OAuth. Drag and drop to your favourite location and save.
    • Secure Access with Office 365 Single Sign-On (SSO)-newclient login button setting

    2. Sign in settings for wordpress 5.8 :

    • Go to WordPress Left Panel > Appearances > Widgets.
    • Select miniOrange OAuth. Drag and drop to your favourite location and save.
    • Secure Access with Office 365 Single Sign-On (SSO)-create-newclient
    • Open your WordPress page and you can see the Office 365 SSO login button there. You can test the Office 365 Single Sign-On (SSO) now.

    In this Guide, you have successfully configured Office 365 Single Sign-On (SSO) by configuring Office 365 OAuth Provider and WordPress as OAuth Client using our WP OAuth Single Sign-On ( OAuth / OpenID Connect Client) plugin. This solution ensures that you are ready to increase authentication and authorization for users by securely login to your WordPress site using Office 365 SSO login credentials within minutes. Office 365 Single Sign-On (SSO) with WordPress OAuth Client leverages the existing on-premise infrastructure and provides seamless secure access to WordPress eliminating user-managed passwords and increasing the security of your data in the cloud.


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