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Gravatars

WordPress.com associates an Avatar with your email address. Gravatar powers the user avatars on WordPress.com. Your WordPress.com and Gravatar accounts are linked automatically.

Once you configure your avatar, you’ll see it when you comment on blogs, when you post to the forums, and with any post displayed in WordPress.com’s community features.

Here are some examples of how we display avatars on WordPress.com:

Forums

Comments on a Blog Post

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Comments Administration Screen

 

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Gravatar Hovercards

Gravatar information also appears in Hovercards, which show when people mouse over the avatar image shown in comments and other places.

Gravatar Hovercard

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Upload an Avatar

Visit your My Profile settings and click on the avatar in the top left to Update Profile Photo.

Update Profile Photo

A popup will appear. Click Sign in with WordPress.com to log in to Gravatar with your WordPress.com account. Click one of the upload options to set a new image:

Upload your Gravatar now

Follow the on-screen instructions to set a new avatar for your account.

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Remove an Avatar

Visit your My Profile settings and click on the avatar in the top left to Update Profile Photo.

Update Profile Photo

A pop-up will appear. Click Sign in with WordPress.com to log in to Gravatar with your WordPress.com account. Click on My Gravatars at the top of the pop-up window.

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A list of each email address associated with your account will appear. Click the Remove image link for the appropriate email address.

Manage Gravatars

The image associated with the email address will switch to the default Gravatar logo.

Manage Gravatars - Default Gravatar image

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Gravatar Shortcode

The Gravatar shortcode allows you to embed a Gravatar Image into a post, page, or text widget. To insert the Gravatar go to the page you’d like to insert the image and place the following shortcode:

[gravatar email="user@yourgroovy.com" size="128"]

You’ll also be able to customize the following layout options:

  • Size: Set a custom size for the image. Remember, Gravatars are square and the max upload size is 512px by 512px so setting a size larger than this may be blurry.
  • Rating: Ratings are self-defined by the uploader. This lets you choose the minimum rating for an image to appear.

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Gravatar Widget

This widget is available for self-hosted WordPress sites as a plugin: Gravatar Widget

The Gravatar Widget allows you to display a Gravatar image along with some custom text. This is ideal for displaying a brief About Me section on your blog sidebar.

Here’s an example of what it looks like:

gravatar widget display

Once you add the widget to your site, you’ll see the following widget settings:

Title – The title of your Gravatar image. (i.e. About Me, About the Author)

Select a user – Select a registered user of your blog, or pick custom and enter an email address in the box below.

Size – Select a size for the Gravatar image (small, medium, large, extra large).

Alignment – Select an alignment for the Gravatar. Left and right will allow the text to flow on either side of the image, while center will put the image in the center. No alignment will place the text underneath the image.

Gravatar link – If you want your Gravatar image to link to another page (i.e. your About Me page) then enter a URL here.

Text – Enter the text (HTML allowed) you want to display with your Gravatar.

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Gravatar Profile Widget

The Gravatar Profile Widget allows you to pull in your Gravatar image along with more of your Gravatar profile data than the Gravatar Widget.

Here’s an example of what it looks like:

Once you add the widget to your site, you’ll see the following widget settings:

Title – The title of your Gravatar profile block. (i.e. About Me, About the Author)

Select a user – Select a registered user of your blog, or pick custom and enter an email address in the box below. Users may have multiple addresses on a single Gravatar account, but only the primary address will display profile information.

Show Personal Links – Allows you to display links to your websites, blogs, or any other sites that help describe who you are. You can manage your links at Gravatar.com or in your dashboard under “My Profile”.

Show Account Links – Allows you to display links to profiles that you use across the web. These account links come from verifying services on Gravatar. You can manage your verified services at Gravatar.com or in your dashboard under “My Profile”.

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Additional Information

  • If you change your email address, you may need to go to My Gravatars and re-assign your Gravatar to your new email address.
  • If the pop-up for Gravatar doesn’t work, you can visit gravatar.com directly.
  • If you change your avatar, it may take a few hours to show because of our cache. You may clear your browser’s cache to immediately see the change.
  • There are several avatar display options available in the Discussion Settings.
  • If your Gravatar is set but not showing up on blog pages, it may be because the image rating is too high. You can check and change image ratings on gravatar.com.
  • You may also display a Gravatar with a post or page using the Gravatar Shortcode

For more information, please visit the gravatar.com support page.

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