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Zoho Desk Single Sign-On Login using WordPress as IDP

Zoho Desk Single Sign-On Login using WordPress as IDP


Zoho Desk is a top rated Customer Service Help Desk Software that helps you simplify customer service operations, improve agent productivity, and deliver lasting customer experiences. Login using WordPress Users ( WP as SAML IDP ) plugin gives you the ability to use your WordPress credentials to log into the Zoho Desk portal. Here we will go through a step-by-step guide to configure SSO between, Zoho Desk as Service Provider and WordPress as an Identity Provider.

Pre-requisites: 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:

add-wordpress sso download plugin
Login using WordPress Users ( WP as SAML IDP )
By miniOrange

Single Sign-On (SSO) login with WordPress Users into any Service Provider like Tableau, Zoho, Zoom, Moodle, Canvas LMS, Absorb LMS, TalentLMS, etc.

 Tested with 6.5.2

Follow the Step-by-Step Guide given below for Zoho Desk Single Sign On (SSO)

1. Configure Zoho Desk for SSO

  • Open your 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.
  • Now go to the WordPress IDP plugin, navigate to the IDP Metadata tab. Here, you can find the Identity Provider Metadata URL or you can Download the Metadata File.
  • You will find IDP Entity ID, SAML Login URL, SAML Logout URL (Premium Feature), Certificate. You would need these to configure the Service Provider(Zoho Desk).
  • WordPress Zoho Desk SSO | wordpress saml metadata upload in zoho desk as sp
  • Navigate to Zoho Desk admin portal.
  • Click on the Setup icon in the top bar, and under the Channels menu, click on the Help Center.
  • Select the Help Center in which you want to authenticate users using SAML.
  • Click User Authentication under the Help Center sub-menu. You will see the SAML tab open up in Zoho.
  • WordPress Zoho Desk SSO | enable sso zoho desk as sp
  • Enter the values into the Zoho Desk SAML configuration tab by referring to the table below.
  • Remote Login URL Enter the SAML Login URL from the IDP Metadata tab of WordPress IDP Plugin.
    Reset Password URL Enter the password reset link of your Zoho Desk portal.
    Public Key (Provide Public Key in .txt or .pem extension file only) Download the certificate you obtained in previous step and open it in Notepad. Copy and paste its contents into a new file and save it as .txt file. Upload the new file here.
    Algorithm RSA
    Allow new end users to register Checked

2. Configure WordPress (WP) as IdP (Identity Provider)

  • In the WordPress IDP plugin, navigate to the Service Provider tab and enter the values corresponding to the information from Zoho Desk(refer to the image below).
  • WordPress Zoho Desk Login | metadata of zoho desk as sp
    Service Provider Name Name of your Service Provider.
    SP Entity ID or Issuer Copy and paste the Entity ID (Issuer) from Zoho Desk portal.
    ACS URL Copy and paste the Help Center SAML Response URL from Zoho Desk portal.
    NameID Format urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:1.1:nameid-format:emailAddress
    Assertion Signed Checked
    WordPress Zoho Desk Single Sign On | wp idp metadata upload
  • Click on the Save button to save your configuration.

3. Testing SSO

  • Open your Zoho desk portal in an incognito window, and click on Sign in.
  • You will be redirected to your WordPress site, enter the credentials for any user stored in WordPress. After successful login, you will be redirected to the Zoho desk portal thus verifying the SSO flow.

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