WordPress Multisite SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) Login

WordPress Multisite SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) Login


miniOrange provides secure access to WordPress for enterprises and full control over access of applications, Single Sign On (SSO) into Wordpress with one set of login credentials. The multisite version of the plugin allows you to connect your Identity Provider with all the subsites present under the network. You can control the SSO flow as well as the rest of the features like Attribute Mapping, Role Mapping, etc in the plugin for all the subsites from the Network level.

What is WordPress Multisite ?

  • WordPress allows you to create a network of sites where all the sites (often known as subsites) will be connected to the same database and share the same WordPress core files, theme.
  • It is a type of WordPress installation that allows you to create and manage a network of multiple websites from a single WordPress dashboard. This lets you easily make changes and keep all of your websites updated from one place.

Setup Multisite network in either of the three formats

    miniorange img Subdirectory multisite network :

    In this type of network, the URL of the subsites follow a subdirectory path structure.

    For example, if the URL of your main site is abc.com, the subsites will be in the form abc.com/site1, abc.com/site2, etc.

    miniorange img Subdomain multisite network:

    In this network, each subsite will have an individual subdomain on your main domain.

    For example, if the URL of your main site is abc.com, the subsites will be in the form site1.abc.com, site2.abc.com, etc.

    miniorange img Custom domain multisite network:

    Apart from the above two structures, WordPress also supports creating totally independent custom domains for each of the subsites.

    For example, if the URL of your main site is abc.com, the subsite can be in the form: site1.com, site2.com, xyz.com, etc.

    miniOrange WordPress SAML SSO plugin allows you to enable SSO in any of the above mentioned multisite networks, allowing your users to log into the multisite network and individual sites by authenticating via your Identity Provider.

Benefits of WordPress Multisite Network

  • WordPress multisite networks are a great option for those wanting to manage separate websites from one central dashboard. Multisite networks are used by corporations, schools, universities, news outlets, online businesses, and more.
  • You can even create your own blogging platform (network of blogs) on a single multisite installation.

How WordPress SAML SSO plugin works with Multisite?

WordPress Multisite SSO login working

In the Multisite Network, install the WordPress SAML 2.0 Single Sign-On (SSO) plugin and activate it. Configure the plugin with the required Identity Provider. Once the plugin is successfully configured, SSO will be enabled for all the subsites in that network. Without Multisite support, you have to configure the WordPress SAML 2.0 Single Sign-On (SSO) Plugin on each site separately, add IdP configuration on each site individually and add Service Provider configuration for each site in the IDP.

For Example:  If you have 1 main site with 3 subsites. Then, you have to configure the plugin 3 times on each site, add idp configuration 3 times as well as 3 service provider configurations in your IDP.

With Multi-Site plugin, you have to configure the plugin only once on the network level as well as only 1 Service Provider configuration in the IDP.

The multisite SAML SSO plugin allows you to connect all your subsites with one Identity Provider .There is also an option in the Multisite SAML SSO plugin where you can enable the SSO for only selected subsites in that network.

Pre-requisites : Download and Installation

We recommend our miniOrange WordPress SAML Single Sign On - SSO plugin for WordPress Multisite Single Sign-On (SSO).

How to configure the WordPress SAML SSO plugin for Multisite SSO?

The WordPress SAML SSO multisite plugin only needs to be configured once at the Network level. You do not need to configure the plugin individually in each subsite’s dashboard. This allows your users to log into the subsites by authenticating via the Identity Provider that you have configured in the plugin at the Network level. With this, you will also have granular control over the SSO configuration and Attribute/Role mapping for each subsite.

  • You can configure the WordPress SAML Single Sign-On plugin with your IdP at the network level by uploading the IdP metadata once under the ‘Service Provider Setup’ tab of the plugin’.
  • WordPress Multisite SSO Login-Service Provider Setup
  • The plugin will provide the SP metadata which is given under ‘Service Provider Metadata’ tab. Use this metadata to configure the Identity Provider.
  • You get an option to enable or disable SSO for any of the subsites from the Network admin dashboard. Thus, when a new subsite is added, we can have its SSO enabled by default so that the admins don't need to manually enable it. The other SSO settings can be applied to individual subsites that you can select or the Default settings can be applied to all sites.
  • WordPress Multisite SSO Login-Manage multisite SSO
  • You have a granular control for assigning the roles to users under different subsites by enabling ‘Role Mapping’ for all sites at once or enabling it for individual sites. This allows you to restrict which group of users will have access to which subsite.
    • Apply Role Mapping for all sites : This will apply the same role mapping settings to all the sites in your network.
    • Apply Role Mapping for individual sites : This will apply role mapping to the individual site that you choose to configure.
    • WordPress Multisite SSO Login-Role mapping
  • Our plugin allows you to control which subsites the user will get created upon Single Sign-on.

Different WordPress Multisite SSO

    miniorange img If you have a site that keeps growing. For example - if you are a university and the site is for students, then choosing this option will save you the time to configure the plugin on each new site that is added to your multisite network.

    miniorange img If you have an organisation with different departments and you want to give role specific access to different users in each site. This plugin will allow you to configure role mapping for each site individually.

    miniorange img This is useful if you are running multiple websites managed by different teams under one parent domain, such as an e-commerce store with different country-specific sub-sites.

    miniorange img Enable SSO for end-users into the respective customer's specific subsites and restrict users from accessing subsites in which they are not added as a member.

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