Okta SSO – Login into WordPress | WP Single Sign-On (SSO) using Okta as SAML IDP

Okta Single Sign-On (SSO) login for WordPress [SAML] can be achieved by using our WordPress SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) plugin. Our SSO plugin is compatible with all the SAML compliant Identity providers and enables secure Okta Login into WordPress sites. Here we will go through a guide to configure WordPress Okta SSO / Login into Wordpress site by considering Okta As IdP (Identity provider) and WordPress as SP (Service provider).To know more about other features we provide in WordPress SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) plugin, you can click here.

miniorange img Pre-requisites : Download And Installation

To configure Okta Single Sign-On (SSO) / Login with Okta as SAML IDP into Wordpress, you will need to install the miniOrange WordPress SAML SP SSO plugin:


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

Step 1: Setup Okta as IDP (Identity Provider)

Follow the steps below to configure Okta as IdP

miniorange img Configure Okta as IdP

  • In the miniOrange WordPress SAML SP SSO plugin, navigate to SP (Service Provider) Metadata tab. Here, you can find the SP metadata such as SP Entity ID and ACS (AssertionConsumerService) URL which are required to configure Okta as the IdP (Identity Provider).
  • Configure Okta as IDP -SAML Single Sign-On(SSO) for WordPress - Okta SSO Login -upload metadata
  • Login into your Okta dashboard.
  • You will be presented with the following screen. Click on the Developer Console arrow and select
    Classic UI from the navigation bar on top in Okta window.
  • Configure Okta as IDP -SAML Single Sign-On(SSO) for WordPress - Okta SSO Login - Okta SSO Admin_Dashboard
  • In the Applications tab select Applications.
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  • Click on the Create App Integration button to create new app.
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  • Select SAML 2.0 as Sign-On method and Click on Next button.
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  • In General Settings tab, enter App Name and click on Next button.
  • Configure Okta as IDP -SAML Single Sign-On(SSO) for WordPress - Okta SSO Login - SAML 2.0 Configure
  • In Configure SAML tab, enter the required details:
  • Single Sign On
    URL
    ACS (AssertionConsumerService) URL from the Service Provider Metadata tab of the
    Plugin
    Audience URL
    (SP Entity ID)
    SP Entity ID / Issuer from the Service Provider Metadata tab of the Plugin
    Default
    Relay State
    Relay State from the Service Provider Metadata tab of the Plugin
    Name ID
    Format
    Select E-Mail Address as a Name Id from dropdown list
    Application
    Username
    Okta username
    Configure Okta as IDP -SAML Single Sign-On(SSO) for WordPress - Okta SSO Login - SAML_SETTINGS
  • Configure Group Attribute Statements (Optional) and click on Next button.
  • Configure Okta as IDP -SAML Single Sign-On(SSO) for WordPress - Okta SSO Login - Add_Attributes
  • If you have integrated your Active Directory in Okta and want to map the AD groups, please make sure
    that you have added the OUs used to import groups.You will also need to map the memberOf
    attribute under the integrated directory’s configuration.

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  • Navigate to the application you created and click on the Assignments tab in Okta.
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  • Click on Assign button to Assign People and Assign Groups.
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  • Once you Assign the user, click on Done button.
  • Configure Okta as IDP -SAML Single Sign-On(SSO) for WordPress - Okta SSO Login - Assign_groups
  • Navigate to Sign On tab and Click on View Setup Instructions.
  • You will get the Okta Metadata URL / SAML Login URL (Single Sign on URL), Single Logout URL, IDP Entity ID and X.509 Certificate. You will need this to configure the Service Provider.
  • Configure Okta as IDP -SAML Single Sign-On(SSO) for WordPress - Okta SSO Login - Assign_groups
  • You have successfully configured Okta as SAML IdP (Identity Provider) for achieving Okta Single Sign-On (SSO) Login, ensuring secure Okta Login into WordPress (WP) Site.

Step 2: Configuring WordPress as SP (Service Provider)

We will go through the steps to setup WordPress as a Service Provider. Here, we will be adding the IdP metadata to configure the plugin.




In miniOrange SAML plugin, go to Service Provider Setup tab of the plugin. There are two ways to configure the plugin:

A. By uploading IDP metadata:

  • Click on Upload IDP metadata button.
  • Enter the Identity Provider Name
  • You can either upload a metadata file and click on Upload button or use a metadata URL and click on Fetch Metadata.
  • WordPress SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) Login-upload metadata

B.Manual Configuration:

  • Provide the required settings (i.e. Identity Provider Name, IdP Entity ID or Issuer, SAML Login URL, X.509 Certificate) as provided by your Identity Provider and click on the Save button.

Step 3: Attribute Mapping

  • In the free plugin, only NameID is supported for Email and Username attributes of the WordPress user.
  • When a user performs SSO, the NameID value sent by the IDP will get mapped to the email and username of the WordPress user.
  • WordPress SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) Login-attribute mapping

Step 4: Role Mapping

  • In the free plugin, you can choose a default role which will be assigned to all the non-admin users when they perform SSO.
  • Go to Attribute/Role mapping tab and navigate to Role Mapping section.
  • Select the Default Role and click on the Save button.
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Step 5: SSO settings

  • In the free plugin you can add a login widget to enable SP-Initiated SSO on your site.
  • Navigate to Redirection and SSO links tab and follow the given steps given under Option 1: Use a Widget to add a login widget on your site.
  • WordPress SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) Login-sso setting

You have now successfully configured WordPress as SP



In miniOrange SAML plugin, go to Service Provider Setup tab of the plugin. There are two ways to configure the plugin:

A. By uploading IDP metadata:

  • Click on Upload IDP metadata button.
  • Enter the Identity Provider Name
  • You can either upload a metadata file and click on Upload button or use a metadata URL and click on Fetch Metadata.

B.Manual Configuration:

  • Provide the required settings (i.e. Identity Provider Name, IdP Entity ID or Issuer, SAML Login URL, X.509 Certificate) as provided by your Identity Provider and click on the Save button.

Step 3: Attribute Mapping

  • Attribute Mapping feature allows you to map the user attributes sent by the IDP during SSO to the user attributes at WordPress.
  • In WordPress SAML plugin, go to Attribute/Role Mapping tab and fill up the following fields in Attribute Mapping section.
  • WordPress SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) Login-attribute mapping

    NOTE: If you click on Test Configuration button in Service Provider Setup tab and authenticate with your IDP, you can see a list of attributes sent by the IDP in the Attribute/Role mapping tab. This information can be used to provide the above mapping.

Step 4: Role Mapping

    In the standard plugin, you can choose a default role which will be assigned to all the non-admin users when they perform SSO.

  • Go to Attribute/Role mapping tab and navigate to Role Mapping section.
  • Select the Default Role and click on the Save button.
  • WordPress SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) Login-role mapping

Step 5: SSO settings

    In the Standard plugin you can enable SP-initiated SSO using the following options.

  • Auto-Redirection from site: If this option is enabled, any unauthenticated user trying to access your site will get redirected to the IDP login page and after successful authentication, they will be redirected back to the same page on your site which they were trying to access.
  • Steps:

      1.  Go to Redirection and SSO Links tab of the plugin and navigate to Option 1: Auto-      Redirection from site.

      2.  Enable Redirect to IdP if user not logged in [PROTECT COMPLETE SITE] option.

      WordPress SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) Login-optin 1

  • Auto-Redirection from WordPress Login: If this option is enabled, any unauthenticated user trying to access the default WordPress login page will get redirected to the IDP login page for authentication. After successful authentication, they will be redirected back to the WordPress site.
  • Steps:

      1.  Go to Redirection and SSO Links tab of the plugin and navigate to Option 2: Auto-      Redirection from WordPress Login.

      2.  Enable Redirect to IdP from WordPress Login Page option.

      WordPress SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) Login-optin 2

      NOTE: Please enable the Backdoor login and note down the backdoor URL. This will allow you to access the WordPress login page in case you get locked out of the IDP.



  • SSO Links: You can add SSO links anywhere on your site using the Shortcode and Widget provided in Redirection and SSO Links tab > Option 3: SSO Links section of the plugin
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You have now successfully configured WordPress as SP



In miniOrange SAML plugin, go to Service Provider Setup tab of the plugin. There are two ways to configure the plugin:

A. By uploading IDP metadata:

  • Click on Upload IDP metadata button.
  • Enter the Identity Provider Name
  • You can either upload a metadata file and click on Upload button or use a metadata URL and click on Fetch Metadata.
  • In the Premium plugin, you can enable auto-sync for the metadata URL which will auto-update the plugin configuration as per the IDP metadata after a set interval of time
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B.Manual Configuration:

  • Provide the required settings (i.e. Identity Provider Name, IdP Entity ID or Issuer, SAML Login URL, X.509 Certificate) as provided by your Identity Provider and click on the Save button.
  • In the Premium Plugin, you can provide the SAML Logout URL to achieve Single Logout on your WordPress site.

Step 3: Attribute Mapping

  • Attribute Mapping feature allows you to map the user attributes sent by the IDP during SSO to the user attributes at WordPress.
  • In WordPress SAML plugin, go to Attribute/Role Mapping tab and fill up the following fields in Attribute Mapping section.
  • WordPress SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) Login-attribute mapping
  • Custom Attribute Mapping: This feature allows you to map any attribute sent by the IDP to the usermeta table of WordPress.
  • WordPress SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) Login-attribute mapping

Step 4: Role Mapping

    This feature allows you to assign and manage roles of the users when they perform SSO. Along with the default WordPress roles, this is compatible with any custom roles as well.

  • From the Attribute Mapping section of the plugin, provide a mapping for the field named Group/Role. This attribute will contain the role related information sent by the IDP and will be used for Role Mapping.
  • Navigate to role mapping section and provide the mappings for the highlighted roles.
  • WordPress SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) Login-role mapping
  • For example, If you want a user whose Group/Role attribute value is wp-editor to be assigned as an Editor in WordPress, just provide the mapping as wp-editor in the Editor field of Role Mapping section.

Step 5: SSO settings

    In the Premium plugin you can enable SP-initiated SSO using the following options.

  • Auto-Redirection from site: If this option is enabled, any unauthenticated user trying to access your site will get redirected to the IDP login page and after successful authentication they will be redirected back to the same page on your site which they were trying to access.
  • Steps:

      1.  Go to Redirection and SSO Links tab of the plugin and navigate to Option 1 : Auto-Redirection from site.
      2.  Enable Redirect to IdP if user not logged in [PROTECT COMPLETE SITE] option.

      WordPress SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) Login-optin 1

  • Auto-Redirection from WordPress Login: If this option is enabled, any unauthenticated user trying to access the default WordPress login page will get redirected to the IDP login page for authentication. After successful authentication, they will be redirected back to the WordPress site.
  • Steps:

      1.  Go to Redirection and SSO Links tab of the plugin and navigate to Option 2: Auto-      Redirection from WordPress Login.
      2.  Enable Redirect to IdP from WordPress Login Page option.

      WordPress SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) Login-optin 2

      NOTE: Please enable the Backdoor login and note down the backdoor URL. This will allow you to access the WordPress login page in case you get locked out of the IDP login.

  • Login Button: You can add a customized login button anywhere on your site or WordPress login page by navigating to Option 3: Login Button section of Redirection and SSO Links tab.
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  • SSO Links: You can add SSO links anywhere on your site using the Shortcode and Widget provided in Option 4: SSO Links section of Redirection and SSO Links tab.
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You have now successfully configured WordPress as SP .

You have successfully configured WordPress as SAML SP for achieving Okta SSO login into your WordPress Site.

In this Guide, you have successfully configured Okta SAML Single Sign-On (Okta WordPress SSO / Okta WordPress Login), choosing Okta as IdP and WordPress as SP. WordPress SAML Single Sign On – SSO plugin solution ensures that you are ready to roll out secure access / Login into WordPress (WP) site using Okta login credentials.

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