SAML Single Sign On SSO WordPress using PingFederate

Step 1:Setup PingFederate as Identity Provider

  • In the miniOrange SAML SP SSO plugin, navigate to 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 the Identity Provider.
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  • Login to your Ping Federate User Admin dashboard.
  • Click on the Identity Provider in the left navigation menu.
  • Under SP CONNECTION, click on Create New button.
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  • Select the Browser SSO Profiles connection template on the Connection Type tab and click Next.
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  • Select Browser SSO on the Connection Options tab and click Next.
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  • Select File as the method for importing metadata and click Choose file to choose the miniOrange SSO plugin’s metadata on the Import Metadata tab. Click Next.
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  • Review the information on the Metadata Summary tab and click Next.
  • In the General Info tab ensure that the Service Provider’s Entity ID, Connection Name, and Base URL fields pre-populate based on the metadata. Click Next.
  • Navigate to the Browser SSO tab and click on the Configure Browser SSO. You will be redirected to Browser SSO Setup wizard.

      1) Select the IdP-Initiated SSO and SP-Initiated SSO options on the SAML Profiles tab and click     Next.

      ping federate sso-5 2) Enter your desired assertion validity time from on the Assertion Lifetime tab and click Next.     By default, it is configured 5 minutes for both.

      3) Navigate to the Assertion Creation and click on the Configure Assertion Creation. You will be     redirected to the assertion creation setup wizard.

        I. In the Identity Mapping tab select STANDARD and click Next.

        II. Select a Subject Name Format for the SAML_SUBJECT on the Attribute Contract tab and     click Next.

        III. Click Map New Adapter Instance on the Authentication Source Mapping.

        ping federate sso-6 IV. Select an Adapter Instance and click Next. The adapter must include the user’s email     address.

        ping federate sso-7 V. Select the Use only the adapter contract values in the SAML assertion option on the     Mapping Method tab and click Next.

        VI. Select your adapter instance as the Source and the email as the Value on the Attribute     Contract Fulfilment tab and click Next.

        ping federate sso-8 VII. (Optional) Select any authorization conditions you would like on the Issuance Criteria        tab and click Next.

        VIII. Click Done on the Summary.

        IX. Click Next on the Authentication Source Mapping tab.

        X. Click Done on the Summary tab.

        XI. Click Next on the Assertion Creation

    1. Navigate to the Protocol Settings tab of the Browser SSO wizard and click on the Configure Protocol settings.

        1) Select POST for Binding and specify the single sign-on endpoint URL in the Endpoint     URL field on the Assertion Consumer Service URL Click Next.

        ping federate sso-9 2) Select POST on the Allowable SAML Bindings tab and click Next.

        3) Select your desired signature policies for assertions on the Signature Policy tab and     click Next.

        ping federate sso-10 4) Select your desired encryption policy for assertions on the Encryption Policy tab and     click Next.

        5) Click Done on the Protocol Settings Summary tab.

        6) Click Done on the Browser SSO Summary.

  • Navigate to the Credentials and click on the Configure Credentials. You will be redirected to the Credentials setup wizard.
      1) Select the Signing Certificate to use with the Single Sign-On service and select Include the certificate in the signature element in the Digital Signature Settings tab. Click Done.

      ping federate sso-11 2) Click Done on the Summary.

      3) Click Next on the Credentials.

  • Select Active for the Connection Status on the Activation & Summary tab and click Save.
  • Now, navigate to the Ping Federate User Admin dashboardè Identity Provide.
  • Click Manage All under SP Connections.
  • Click Export Metadata for the desired service provider connection.
  • Click Export on the Export & Summary tab and click Done.

Step 2: Configuring 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.
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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.

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.
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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.
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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.
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    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.
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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.

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  • 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.

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      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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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.
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  • Custom Attribute Mapping: This feature allows you to map any attribute sent by the IDP to the usermeta table of WordPress.
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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.
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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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      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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