Using Gravatar in Your Comments to Blogs

gravatarDo you see this logo beside your name or username in comments you made on a blog? If so, the weblog must be powered by WordPress and the theme used in it is Gravatar-enabled. Would it not be nice if a have your photo or an identifying image shown in the space instead of its host’s logo? How will that happen?

GRAVATAR stands for Globally Recognized Avatar and is quite simply an image that follows you from site to site appearing beside your name when you post comments or make queries. Avatar, in turn, is either your photo or an image that helps identify your posts on blogs and web forums.

As you tend your café, you are always online and in some of the time available, I know that you participate in web forums and blogs like this one. Forum software always have an option for a registered member to choose an image from a database or upload his preferred avatar but weblogs do not have this feature so, again, how do you get your favorite avatar to be beside your name whenever you comment on a blog?

It is actually very easy to get your photo or favorite image to show beside your name when you made comments in a WordPress-powered weblog like this one. The first thing you need to do is get ready with your photo or favorite image and then register for a free account at http://en.gravatar.com/site/signup which will require your true email address. Upload your chosen photo or image and you now have a Gravatar that will show beside your name whenever you make a post on a Gravatar-enabled site.

If you are a blog writer like me and you want gravatars to show on your readers’ comments, plugins are available for leading blog software and content management systems, and tutorials are available using any search engine. If you are using WordPress as your blog platform, there is a detailed tutorial at http://wpengineer.com/gravatars-use-easy/. By the way, Gravatar is an Automattic Joint and so is WordPress.

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