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How to Create Your WordPress Avatar (with Gravatar)

Posted by on March 18, 2014 in Website DIY, Wordpress Tips | 2 comments

How to Create Your WordPress Avatar (with Gravatar)

I thought since we recently learned how to dress up our favicons that the next step should be dressing up our avatars! Specifically, the ones we use with WordPress.

There are a lot of WordPress blogs out there. You’ll either see (or use for your own website) WordPress.com, which is free, or self-hosted WordPress, which is what I’m using (and what I encourage for my clients). You’ve probably noticed that when you leave a comment on a WordPress powered blog, your picture (or avatar), will display as a default image that looks like this:

A little sad, right? (okay, I took some creative liberty with the frowny face). If you’re a chatty blog participator, you’ve probably wondered how the heck you can personalize this thing. WordPress doesn’t really make it clear – the dashboard doesn’t give you the option like you’d think it would! So how do you change that little grey person into a smiling portrait of yourself? What you actually have to do is create a Gravatar.

How to create a Gravatar

(so your picture will show up when you make a comment on a WordPress blog)

1. Go to http://www.gravatar.com

2. Login with your WordPress.com account details, or sign up for a new Gravatar account using the same email address you used to set up your self-hosted WordPress username. If you don’t have either of these, sign up for a new account using the email address that you would like to receive any replies to comments you leave on blogs.

3. Follow the instructions they give to upload your photo.

Now every time you comment on a blog post your picture should appear next to it!

Here’s what mine looks like:

Comparison between default WordPress avatar and a Gravatar

Globally Recognized Avatar

Gravatar is short for “Globally Recognized Avatar”, which means it can be used on any blog or website that supports Gravatars. For your Gravatar to appear when leaving a comment on a blog, you will need to either be logged in to your own WordPress blog or insert the email address linked to your Gravatar username into the comment where it asks for it.

Now that you know how to make your WordPress avatar, why not say hello in the comments below so we can see your lovely face!

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2 Comments

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    • Thank you very much! A good balance between user friendliness and visual appeal is exactly what I strive for with this website and my clients’ websites, so I really appreciate your feedback!

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