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Default comment avatarI confess!  I hate default avatars next to my comments on other bloggers posts.

It makes me feel both naked and like a newblie 🙁

I’m know I’m not the only one.  The solution is simple — set up a Gravatar account!

About Gravatar

Gravatar is a service that provides globally unique avatars.

Most standard blogging platforms support Gravatar.  So when you go from site to site leaving comments your gravatar image automatically displays –provided the email address associated with your Gravatar’s account is used.

Here’s how simple it is:

  1. Go to Gravatar and click on Get your Gravatar today!
  2. Enter your email address and click Signup  Signing up for a Gravatar
  3. Go to your email account and click on the link in your gravatar confirmation email to activate your account. Email sent from gravatar
  4. Now follow the instructions to set your username and password. Setting up your gravatar username and password
  5. Next upload your image by clicking on Add one by clicking here! Uploading an image to Gravatar
  6. Choose where you’d like to get the image from – for best results ideal image size for upload is 80 x 80 pixels
  7. Once uploaded click on Crop and Finish Cropping avatar image
  8. Click on G Rated as many sites only support displaying avatars with a rating of G. gravatar4

Presto!

Now whenever you leave a comment on a blog that supports gravatar (such as Edublogs.org, any Edublogs Campus site, WordPress.com, WordPress.org) your avatar image will automatically display next to your comment!

FINAL THOUGHTS

  • If you are changing your avatar, it can take a few hours for caches to clear. Try clearing your browser’s cache by holding the Ctrl key and pressing F5, which will help.
  • Check out Creating And Uploading Your Comment Avatar – for online tools you can use for creating your avatar image

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About Sue Waters

Edublogs Support Manager @suewaters on Twitter

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  1. I like to post this comment .It helps a lot.The one thing I do know for sure, if that day comes, is that when it’s wedding cake cutting time, I will NOT make the same mistake I witness at every wedding. I will not be serving Champagne with dessert, but rather the slightly sweet and fizzy dessert wine,..

    Thanks and Regards

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  7. Sue,

    Thanks for the easy instruction on how to get a Gravatar. I’ve had mine for a year now and it’s a good idea to have when you leave comments at different sites.

    • @Kevin, thansk for the feedback Kevin. Most educators aren’t aware of Gravatars and generally like their students to comment on a range of blogs. This just helps them make their avatars more universally accepted.

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