Blogger Frank has been talking about community, of which I am a fan, and as such, I like to visit the kind readers who share their pearls of wisdom in comments on my blog and other blogs.
However, sometimes readers, who comment, have not linked their avatar and blog or website, meaning I’m unable to click their avatar link to reciprocate and visit their site. Clicking on such a user handle will take me to a dead-end, as this is what I see:
What is a Gravatar?
A Gravatar, or,’ Globally Recognized Avatar,’ is an optional URL that will be used when anyone clicks on your Gravatar picture or image. This is a link and it will re-direct the reader to that person’s blog or website.
According to WordPress:
Gravatar is a web service created and run by WordPress company called Automattic. It allows anyone to create a profile and associate avatar images to their email addresses. This avatar image is then displayed on all WordPress blogs where users leave comments or write blog posts.
WordPress integrates Gravatars into every WordPress site. Once registered with Gravatar, the service matches your WordPress profile information to the email address registered with Gravatar and displays your custom Gravatar image next to comments and (optionally) elsewhere on the WordPress site.
N.B. If you choose not to sign up with Gravatar, (and you can), the default icon set by the Administrator appears next to your name.
Adding your Personalised Gravatar Image
You can choose a personalised image for your Gravatar and upload this to your blog using your usual media library upload. Go to Your Profile, (i.e. this is found on the right hand side of your WordPress Dashboard screen, next to the “write” button)> click to change photo and upload in the usual manner.
The specific way to enable a link or personalise your Gravatar image, display or Hover card on your blog, may depend on your Blog’s theme, but here are a few other suggestions to try if you want to edit or add one to your site.
- Settings > Discussion and scroll all the way done the page to “Avatars”
- Appearance>Customise>hover cards on profile image
- Settings> Editing your profile image
- Customise>widgets>add a Gravatar widget to your sidebar or footer> add the url of your blog or website in the “Gravatar link”> save.
Hiding Your Gravatar Profile
If you wish to hide your Gravatar for some reason, or prevent your Gravatar profile and photo from appearing on any site, sign in and go to your profile, by clicking on the photos or Gravatar pic and toggle the on and off button. *
Gravatar profiles can also be deleted* at Gravatar.com
*It may take some time for the changes to take effect.
How does Gravatars work with your blog theme?
Do you prefer a personalised Gravatar?