Posted by meronpan on December 10, 2008
Are you wondering how users without wordpress accounts have their avatars show up by their comments? Or how people get their avatars on wordpress.org blogs / other privately hosted blogs? One answer is gravatar! It’s a service that lets you register a global avatar that other blogs can recognize based on an e-mail address.
I had originally planned this as a quick post to be immediately followed by a review but left 4 dead ate up my time tonite ^^;; Will try again tomorrow… but anyhow, on with the psa (public service announcement).
Once you’ve registered an e-mail address and associated an avatar with it, I believe all you need to do is enter that e-mail address when commenting and wordpress.com blogs (or any other gravatar enabled blog) will go fetch the image. Obviously if you prefer to not disclose any contact info, just make a throw away e-mail account.
When I was started blogging it was driving me crazy trying to figure out how people on Len-Vesper‘s blog got custom avatars while I was stuck with the default. Perhaps it’s obvious to veterans on the interblags but for me it took quite a while before I stumbled upon any references to gravatar, hence this post, save people some trouble ^^;;
Gravatar was purchased by wordpress so wordpress.com users should have their profile icon automatically registered as their gravatar. It should be in the usual place – go to your profile settings (either click your name in the upper right corner of the dashboard or in the menu on the left, it’s under Users -> Your Profile) – and your gravatar will be displayed on the right.
In slightly related news, wordpress.com blogs can now assign a “blog picture” which is used as the avatar for pingbacks and the tiny icon next to your blog’s url in the browser. That tiny smudge next to this blog’s url is the tiny version of the horo pic up top, if anyone was wondering ^^;
So there you have it. If you’re tired of having the blue gravatar icon when you comment here or elsewhere, just go make a gravatar!