Absorb LMS Single Sign On (SSO) with WordPress as IDP | Login into Absorb LMS using WordPress

The main purpose of establishing a Single Sign-On (SSO) process with Absorb is to allow your users a single point of entry into your system while providing them access to multiple other independent systems. Login using WordPress Users ( WP as SAML IDP ) plugin gives you the ability to use your WordPress credentials to log into Absorb LMS. Here we will go through a step-by-step guide to configure SSO between, Absorb LMS as Service Provider and WordPress as an Identity Provider.

Note: Premium Version is required to set up SSO with Absorb LMS.

miniorange img Pre-requisite: 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:

Follow the steps below to configure SSO between Absorb LMS and WordPress.

Step 1: Configure WordPress as the Identity Provider:

  • You would need following credentials from Absorb LMS.
  • Entity ID : e.g. "https://company.myabsorb.com".
  • ACS URL : Your Acs Url would be different based on the version of learner interface you are using
    Absorb : e.g. "https://company.myabsorb.com/account/saml".
    Absorb - Learner Experience : e.g. "https://company.myabsorb.com/api/rest/v2/authentication/saml".
Note : Please ensure you replace "company.myabsorb.com" with your Portal URL.
The Portal URL is where your Absorb LMS is hosted. e.g. https://companyname.myabsorb.com or

miniorange img Instructions:

  • Open the WordPress site.
  • Install and activate the Login using WordPress Users ( WP as SAML IDP ) plugin on your WordPress site
    which is acting as Identity Provider.
  • Go to the WordPress IDP plugin, navigate to the Service Provider tab.
  • Enter the values corresponding to the information from Absorb LMS. Refer to the table below.

  • Service Provider Name Name of your Service Provider.
    SP Entity ID or Issuer Copy and paste the SP-EntityID from Absorb LMS..
    ACS URL Copy and paste the ACS URL from Absorb LMS.
    NameID Format urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:1.1:nameid-format:emailAddress
    Assertion Signed Checked
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  • Click on the Save button to save your configurations.
  • Step 2: Configure Absorb LMS as the Service Provider:

    • Open the WordPress site.
    • Go to the Wordpress IDP plugin, navigate to the IDP Metadata tab. Here, you can find the Identity
      Provider metadata such as Certificate , Login URL and Logout URL which are used to configure the
      Service Provider(Absorb LMS).

    • wordpress saml upload metadata absord lms as sp

      miniorange img Instructions:

    • Log into the Absorb Admin Portal as a System Admin and navigate to Portal Settings.
    • From Portal Settings, there is a button in the right-side context menu labeled Manage SSO Settings .
    • If you can't see this button, please contact your Absorb Client Success Manager to enable this
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    • Once you have clicked the button, you will be brought to the Manage Single Sign-On Settings page.
      Any existing configurations will appear here, as well as the option to Add a new one.

    • absorb lms a sp sso settings
      Name Name of your Identity Provider
      Key The key is the x509 public certificate of the IDP Metadata,you can find this in IDP Metadata as Certificate .
      Mode Choose the principle request mode,either Service Provider Initiated orIdentity Provider Initiated.
      Id Property A unique identifier field chosen in the Absorb LMS to be used as the identifying NameID through the SAML assertion.Select Email Address from the drop-down.
      Login URL This is the URL where Absorb redirects users if they navigate directly to the Portal URL without an active session.You can find this in IDP Metadata as SAML Login URL
      Logout URL (optional) This is the URL where Absorb redirects users when they log out of the Absorb system.You can find this in IDP Metadata as SAML Logout URL
      Automatically Redirect (optional) When turned on, redirects all users who navigate directly to the Portal URL to the Login URL.Note: For the SP Initiated Mode this setting is always enabled.
      Assigned Routes This field allows you to search for and select any existing routes to assign.Assign which routes in your portal you would like to associate with this SSO configuration.

    Step 3: Configure attributes in the plugin (This is a premium feature)

    • In the WordPress IDPplugin, navigate to the Attribute/Role Mapping tab.
    • In the User Attributes section, enter the following information and click Save .
    • Name User Meta Data
      FirstName first_name
      LastName last_name
      Username nickname
    • In the Custom Attributes section, enter the following information and click Save .
    • Name Custom Attribute Value
      ExternalDepartmentId MyAbsorbDepartment
      absorb lms as sp attribute mapping settings

    Step 4: Testing SSO :

    • Open your WordPress site in an incognito window.
    • Go to the Wordpress IDP plugin, navigate to the Service Providers tab. Here, you can find a list of
      configured Service Providers.
    • Click on Test Configuration.
    absorb lms as sp test configurations If you were able to access Absorb, then your configuration is correct.

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