Gravatar = Globally Recognised Avatar. This is a super-quick and easy tutorial to get your Gravatar set and your pretty face all over the internet.
Your Gravatar is an image that follows you from site to site appearing beside your name when you do things like comment or post on a blog. Avatars help identify your posts on blogs and web forums, so why not on any site?
Setting up your Gravatar is a quick 5 minute jobby you can get done in a jiffy!
So why do you need a Gravatar?
Well, if you were to leave a lovely comment here on Blognix (and we do love comments here at Blognix HQ so show the love!), having a Gravatar means your lovely face would show up next to it too. Sweet, eh? But without the Gravatar we just get a sad blank space. No face.
So save the space and show us your face!
Get your avatar up on Gravatar now.
And did you know, interweb users are much more likely to click through if there’s a a real human face next to a comment? So, if you’re adding your blog address in with your comment sign-in, you want to encourage those curious folks to check out who’s behind that witty, intelligent comment.
How To Set Up an Avatar on Gravatar
1. Visit the Gravatar website
2. In the top right hand corner click on WordPress.com Sign In
3. You will end up at this sign in page.
If you already have a WordPress.com login just go ahead and fill in your email and password.
If you have not got a WordPress.com login click on the ‘Need an account?’ link. Fill in your details and confirm once they send you an email.
4. Now edit your profile and upload your chosen photograph. Gravatar will automatically resize your image and you can crop to you chosen thumbnail.
The website needs to support Gravatars. There are some exceptions that choose not to (such as facebook, twitter and linkedin).
Remember, all the information in your profile is public. So choose your words carefully.
For your Gravatar to display on other websites you need to be commenting with the same email address you signed up with.
As you can see above, I commented using the email I have registered on Gravatar. And then my photo pops up next to my comment.