A Gravatar (Globally Recognized Avatar) is an image that appears next to your username when posting or commenting on websites, forums, and blogs. Gravatars are supported by many different websites and WCMS, such as WordPress.
The Gravatar service helps you manage your avatars for various e-mail adresses in a single place.
Getting a Gravatar yourself helps other Internet users identify you on the web, and may help you build your personal brand.
Setting up Your Gravatar
To get your Gravatar displayed on your website, you need to sign up to the Gravatar service using your WordPress account. Then you have to choose and adjust the image that you want as a Gravatar.
- Go to the Gravatar page and set up a new account.
- Click Add an Image.
- Choose the image source.
- If necessary, crop the image.
- Rate your new Gravatar.
- G: suitable for display on all websites with any audience type.
- PG: may contain rude gestures, provocatively dressed individuals, the lesser swear words, or mild violence.
- R: may contain such things as harsh profanity, intense violence, nudity, or hard drug use.
- X: may contain hardcore sexual imagery or extremely disturbing violence (source: the Gravatar website)
Note: Most websites only display ‘G’-rated images.
- Confirm your choice.
It may take up to 1 hour until your Gravatar will be visible on your website.
Enable users’ Gravatars for your website
- Log in as an administrator to your WordPress website.
- Go to Settings > Discussion.
- In the Avatar section, select:
Avatar Display: enable Gravatars for your website
Maximum Rating: choose the maximum Gravatar rating that you want to be displayed on your website.
Default Avatar: choose the image that will be displayed for users who don’t have their own avatar.
- Click Save Changes.