How to set up your WordPress gravatar

Putting a face to a name

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Gravatar (an abbreviation for globally recognized avatar) is a service for providing globally-unique avatars which was created by Tom Werner.

Your Gravatar is the image that will display next to your comments or contributions on blogs that have Gravatars enabled.

Changing Gravatar settings in WordPress

Gravatars are supported by default in WordPress. You can view your site’s gravatar settings under Settings > Discussion.

Your personal Gravatar is based on your e-mail address. So it makes sense when you set up your Gravatar image that you tie it to the e-mail address that you use most when posting and commenting on websites and blogs.

Creating a Gravatar

Choose the graphic or photo you would like to use. Starting out with a square graphic works best, however, you will have an opportunity to crop and adjust how your Gravatar will display when you upload the image.

Gravatars often display at 80px * 80px. You can upload the best quality size you have and the system will resize for you. You’ll just want to make sure you use a photo or graphic that looks good at 80 x 80.

Go to the Gravatar website, sign up, and follow the prompts.

The Gravatar site is very easy to use and only takes a couple steps to setup your Gravatar. Once created your Gravatar will display automatically on any site that has Gravatar support, which includes all WordPress sites and WordPress.com.

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