You may have noticed in the comment sections of each Edit and Post post that some comments have photos and others have the default avatar.
WordPress by default supports photos in the form of Gravatars, or globally recognized avatars. It takes about 30 seconds to sign up for a Gravatar. If you are the owner of a WordPress.com blog, or have a WordPress blog installed on your own server and use the Akismet or Jetpack plugins, you can sign into Gravatar with your existing WordPress.com username and password. Otherwise, simply:
- Click here
- Input your email address
- Click on the link in the confirmation email
- Create a Gravatar username and password
- Import a photo of yourself and crop it as desired
- Add as many other email addresses to your account as you like
And voila, the next time you comment here (or on any other WordPress blog with avatars enabled), we will get to put a face to a name. Yay!
For those of you who have WordPress blogs already (or will be installing them soon after reading the Building Your WordPress Blog post series), include avatars in your comment section by visiting Settings -> Discussion in your WordPress dashboard and checking “Show Avatars”.