WordPress Integration


A number of our Network Creators use WordPress to power their blogs, and a long-requested feature has been the ability to integrate the WordPress commenting system with a social network on Ning. The wait is over!

We’re proud to announce a new WordPress plugin for your social network. After setting it up, your members will be able to use their email address and password from your social network to sign in and comment on your WordPress blog. With this approach, their blog comments will link back to their individual social network profile pages. Totally integrated. And, yes, totally cool.

[Update: Check out the tutorial here.]

Specific instructions for using this new WordPress plugin from Ning after the jump…

Once you’ve downloaded the file and expanded it, copy the entire “ning-id-sso” folder into your WordPress plugins directory. It’ll look something like this:

WordPress installation root/wp-content/plugins

Once the folder is in place, log into your WordPress administration panel, select the “Plugins” tab and click the “Activate” link for the “Ning ID SSO” plugin:


Almost done. To configure the plugin, it needs a few pieces of information. Click the “Options” tab in the WordPress administration panel, then select the “Ning ID SSO Options” link:


Simply fill out the information in the top three fields. If you have the “Use Your Own Domain” premium service, you can enter your custom URL in the top field:

In the “Presentation” section below the three required fields, you have the option to change the labels on the “Email Address” and “Password” form fields (that your members see when commenting on your WordPress blog entries) to anything you’d like.

That’s it! Your members can now comment on your blog entries using the email address associated with their Ning ID.

About the Author:

Kyle Ford – who has written posts on Ning's Official Blog on Social Networking Sites.

  • Marcus

    Just wrote a small Ning-Theme for WordPress. After installation the blog automatically uses the same Look&Feel as the site created with Ning.

  • David Young

    I’ve translated and improved upon Marcus’ theme – I’ve called it “The One Ning”, and it’s available for download (and live demo) here : http://www.funkypenguin.info/project/wordpress-theme-the-one-ning/

  • Sticky

    I get the following error
    “Missing Email address or password! Please tell us your email and password. If you’re not registered, sign up for an account.”

    When I try to leave a comment

  • KicksOnFire.com

    I get the same error:

    “Missing Email address or password! Please tell us your email and password. If you’re not registered, sign up for an account.”

  • Evan

    Hi all!

    We’ve updated the plug in and the documention to work with WP 2.6. Check out the tutorial here:

  • Chandrika

    very nice

  • Hamo Geek Girl

    Hi there… does this plugin work with WordPress Mu?

    I’ve tried to install but get this error message:

    There seems to be an issue with your Network Creator email or password. Please enter them and save again.

    … thanks!

  • Hamo Geek Girl

    Actually, I’ve just installed 0.7.3 and the error message now reads:

    Domain name that you specified is not a valid ning network domain.

  • Gina Bianchini

    We are on the case and will follow up in a bit on this.

  • Michael Paolucci

    I install this with WordPress 2.7

    The ning creator id and password is missing.

    Should I just go back to wordpress 2.6?


  • Zack
  • http://www.ning.com Nick

    Thanks for flagging this Zack. I’m fixing the link in the post — here it is for your reference:



  • Emily

    Hi, when I try to install the plugin to my wordpress site, i get the following error, “there is no valid header in this plugin”. Is anyone else having this problem? I was using version 2.6, then I switched to 2.7. Neither worked.

  • http://www.ning.com Nick

    Hi Emily,

    I updated the blog post a bit to make things clearer. If you follow the steps in the Ning Help Center (see the link below), the plugin should work fine:


    If you’re still seeing any issues, can you drop us a line in the Ning Help Center?


  • TH

    I am having the same problem as Emily.

    I am using wordpress version 2.8.4 and when I tried to install the plug in
    “there is no valid header in this plugin” shows up.

  • Sylvia Hubbard

    I’m getting the same problem as TH and Emily. When I installed in wordpress version 2.8.4 i get “there is no valid header in this plugin”


    I really want this to work!!!

  • Tox Ogunwale

    I am also having same issue “there is no valid header in this plugin”

    hope to have this resolved sometime soon for wp 2.8

    Nick what version of wp/ning plugin install are you testing with @ ur end?

    many thank in avdance

  • http://www.laborantje.nl Joost Plattel

    I was wondering if this plugin works with most recent version wordpress 2.9?

    I would love to intergrate a ning-network with wordpress to build a community!

  • http://wordpresshostinghq.com Mark

    I got same problem with you Michael Paolucci. “The ning creator id and password is missing.”

  • http://www.matthewlordconsulting.com Matthew Lord

    I would also like to know if this plug-in is working with the most recent version of WP 2.9. This sounds like a fantastic plug-in and I would love to integrate WP and Ning.

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  • http://mxndailypost.com/ mxn

    thanks for this plugin it worked fine for me…..

  • http://www.mrdavidyoung.com David Young
      I have heard of Ning ..i signed up along time ago… also now have a wordpress blog so maybe ill go back and start using their social network to see what I.M/Businesses are talking about..a
      Cheers Thanks Heaps.. David Young
  • http://www.mrdavidyoung.com David Young

    PS .. will try and install plug aswell.. when im setup @ Ning