Are you using Gravatar? I know some of the regulars to BWI are not. What is Gravatar? I’ve included a video at the bottom of this post to help explain.
A gravatar is a globally recognized avatar. Confused yet? It’s the picture of yourself when you comment on this blog. Don’t see a picture of yourself? That is because you don’t have a gravatar.
How to Create a Gravatar
Creating a globally recognized gravatar is incredibly easy. Simply go to the Gravatar website, click on “Get your Gravatar today”, enter your email, and upload your image. DONE! You can of course crop the image, and you can even have it match up to an alternate email address you may have. Now, when you post on a blog, any blog that supports gravatars, your image will be displayed.
How to Show Gravatars on a Website
If you run a blog, your in luck. There are several blogging software packages out there that support gravatars from the start. This site is a WordPress blog so, so I just went to Settings, then clicked on Discussion, and then scroll down the page to where you see Avatars.
Not all sites are blogs though. Fortunately, Gravatar supports websites that are not running popular CMS or blogging software. You can load gravatars using PHP, ASP, Java, Ruby, and a ton more. See Gravatar’s Implementors Guide. Easy instructions for all because there really isn’t a lot to this.
Hope to see your Gravatar on this website, and now I must figure out the rule of capitalization for gravatars. Gravatars are gravatars that are read from Gravatar’s website to display on your website.
Here is a video to help explain what Gravatar is all about.