A lesson in avatars…or maybe I should say Gravatar.

//A lesson in avatars…or maybe I should say Gravatar.

A lesson in avatars…or maybe I should say Gravatar.

Do you make comments frequently in forums or more specifically, on blogs? Do you always have this show up when your comment appears:

Want to fix that?  I can show you by using Gravatar.

What is Gravatar, you ask?  Watch this video from them to learn more:

First, if you already have a WordPress blog, specifically on WordPress.com, then you have an account with Gravatar already.  If you have a self hosted WordPress blog, and you are using plug-ins Akismet or Jetpack – then you also have a Gravatar log in.  Use your WordPress.com username and password to log into Gravatar and skip to this mark * below.

If you do not have a WordPress.com account, go to Gravatar, and click on Create Your Own Gravatar.  You are then prompted to sign up for the service using WordPress.com:

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Click on image to enlarge.

After you fill out this form, and sign up, you should receive an email asking you to “click this link to verify your account.”  Once you do that, you are ready to set up your Gravatar!  The link it sends you to will also prompt you to log in.

*Note – as I mentioned above, if you already have a WordPress.com account, you can join in on the instruction from here.

Keep in mind, you will have one log in for Gravatar; however, you can enter in as many email addresses as you would like (each will also receive an email with a link to click to verify), and have different Gravatars for each one.

Hopefully, since you are committed to having your own Gravatar, you have an image selected to use – or several if you plan to register several emails.

After you log in, you will see this screen:

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As you can see underneath the blue square, there is a blue line that says Add one by clicking here!  So – click there.

You will then be prompted to select a picture.  Of the choices, my recommendation is to upload a photo from your computer.  Below is an image of that screen; you can choose any of these you prefer.  (I will not be giving directions on each of these steps because Gravatar should guide you through what to do.)

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Click on image to enlarge.

You should also be given the option to crop your photo.  NOTE:  It is best if you have an image that is square shaped, or can easily be cropped into a square shape.

You will then be asked to pick a rating for your photo.  Yes.  Just like the movies.  Rate appropriately and note that blog owners can limit the rating allowed on their sites.  So if they allow up to “PG” then your “R” or “X” rated image will not show up on their blog.  Here is that page:

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Click on image to enlarge.

Guess what?  You’re done!  You will now see the page below:

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Click image to enlarge.

Please notice on this page:  above the blue square you see add a new email in blue.  If you want to add another email and create a Gravatar for that (and any subsequent) email(s), click on that.  You will go through the same process.

See underneath the blue square?  It says in blue add a new image.  Should you decide to change the image you have associated with the email, you can click on this to upload another image.

If you have more than one email address that you have set up a Gravatar for in your account, one must be your primary email address (notice in the blue square, to the right of the Gravatar).  It is up to you which one you want that to be.

And voila!  You will no longer have that blank face show up whenever you post a comment online.  As you may have noticed, you are prompted to enter your email address when you leave a blog post.  Gravatar associates the image you have chosen for that email address, and plugs it in!

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By day, I'm a mild-mannered (okay, not so mild) legal assistant. By night, I am a Wordpress expert and connoisseur! Personally, I am mother of two children who I have a feeling will grow to appreciate me in time, a bit of a book reading fiend, lover of Snoopy, Gerard Butler, and romantically challenged.

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