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How can I set up authentication across multiple front ends?

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We have a service where we have a front end using Wordpress/Magento/custom PHP code and a distributed backend using various other servers and services from note.js, magento, mysql, c#, java, ms sqlserver, Apache, etc.

The idea is we want to have multiple UIs spread across different geographies (different USA states, different countries, etc.) either user selectable or load-balancer assigned

How can we have it set up such that someone's login/authentication is valid across the different UIs (and can switch amongst them) without re-logging in when they switch (after having logged in already to any of the nodes). I don't want to have to constantly authenticate against some shared backend for every request either, so I imagine some kind of token must be used? Like how does OpenID work? Or these "Login with Facebook" or "Google ID"? Amazon AWS/EC2 are good examples for their UI console to manage computes as it has different regions at the top you switch to simply by the dropdown and really nothing else changes except some AJAX reload of your statistics, even the URL is mostly the same except another parameter.

We're not necessarily married to Wordpress and in fact we're trying to phase it out eventually and only use Magento.

Custom code is also an option - at least if there is a good example base or API we can maybe hack it in.

We're open to many technologies, but obviously would prefer to use one we already have (PHP ideally)

Any pointer will be helpful?

posted Jul 30, 2014 by anonymous

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