Customizing Your Gravatar

When you sign up for a WordPress.com account, you are also creating a Gravatar account. But before it is useful, you’ll need to add a photo.

Your Gravatar is an image that follows you from site to site appearing beside your name when you do things like comment or post on a blog. Avatars help identify your posts on blogs and web forums, so why not on any site?

More and more sites are using gravatars as an alternative to Facebook for identifying yourself.

Gravatar - drop down menu1. To manage your images (gravatars), click “My Account” and then select “Manage My Gravatars.”

If you have more than one email address associated with your account, select the email address with which you want to associate a new image.

If this is your first login, you will need to add a new image.


Gravatar - upload2. Where is your image? You can

  • Browse to your computer’s hard drive and upload an image
  • Provide the URL of an image that’s publicly accessible on the Internet
  • Choose an image you have already uploaded

If you are uploading a new image, don’t worry about resizing or cropping.

Select any size image file from your hard drive. Automattic will automatically resize large images so you upload the best quality version you have. And you can crop the image in the next step.

About your profile

Be sure to put something in the “display name publicly” field so that your login isn’t how you are signing posts and comments. Put something in the bio field, too. And you can verify ownership of other accounts like Flickr and Facebook.

All of this will be visible if someone clicks on your profile – here’s mine. See why you want to upload a high-quality image?

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