Gravatar is short for “globally recognized avatar”. This service gives users on WordPress and other sites (including Hootsuite, GitHub, and Stack Overflow) an avatar that follows them to different blogs and comments sections.
Without Gravatar, the image next to your posts and comments is determined by the blog administrator. If the admin doesn't change the default settings, your avatar will be a white outline of a person against a grey background. That doesn't make much of an impression, does it? You'll probably want to customize your avatar to give your posts more personality.
Gravatar saves you from the trouble of setting up a new avatar for each blog you visit. Gravatar also benefits businesses looking to expand their online presence. It makes it easy to attach your logo to your social media activity, allowing you to increase brand awareness.
There's a lot of content out there. A custom avatar helps your posts and comments stand out in the crowd.
How To Set Up Your Gravatar Account
To start using Gravatar, follow these steps:
- Go to www.gravatar.com.
- Click on the “Sign In” button in the top-right corner of the screen.
- Log in using your WordPress account credentials. If you don't have a WordPress account, you can create a Gravatar account by simply entering your email address and choosing a username and password.
- After you sign in, you will be redirected to the “Manage Gravatar” page. Here, you will see the email address you used to register your account.
- You can connect other email addresses to your Gravatar account as well. Select the “Add email address” option if you'd like to do this. After you add a new email, a confirmation link will be sent to that address, which you'll need to click to finish adding the new email address to your Gravatar account.
- Now, select “Add a new image” and upload the image you want to use as your avatar. Keep in mind that it will need to be cropped into a square. You can either use the same image for all of your email addresses or assign different avatars to different email addresses.
- Choose a rating for each of your avatars (if you're using Gravatar for your business, stick to G-rated images):
- G – Appropriate for all audiences
- PG – Contains rude gestures, sexually suggestive content, or mild violence
- R – Contains nudity or intense violence
- X – Contains hardcore pornography or gore
- That's it! Next time you make a post or leave a comment with an email address that's connected to Gravatar, you'll see your custom avatar next to the post/comment
How To Customize Your Gravatar Profile
Avatars aren't the only things you can display with Gravatar. Select “My Profile” to add information that will be seen by anyone who visits your Gravatar account.
- Name and Details – Add your name, location, and a short bio
- Photo Gallery – Upload images that won't be used as avatars
- Websites – Link to websites (this is an especially useful feature for those using Gravatar for business purposes)
- Contact Information – Add your telephone number, email address, and other ways for people to reach you
- Verified Services – Link your Gravatar account to Facebook, Twitter, and other services
- Cryptic – Add your address for virtual currencies, such as Bitcoin
These days, you must establish an online presence in order for your business to grow. Your Gravatar profile provides you with yet another place where potential customers can discover you.