Attaching a what?….An Avatar?
We all know James Cameron’s “Avatar”. The avatar was a representative of the person used to facilitate communication with the indigenous Na’vis from the planet Pandora. So an “Avatar” on the internet is a photo representation of you in the digital world.
If you read blogs and occasionally comment on blog posts you might notice that some of the other commenters have a photo associated with their comment. This is very good if you have a blog. You don’t want to have the default avatar when you reply to a comment on your own blog. This avatar is connected to your email address. Every time you comment on a blog post, sign-up for a forum, or some membership sites using your email address, your photo will be used. This is a great personal way to communicate.
How do I create an avatar? With Gravatar.
A Gravatar is a Globally Recognized Avatar. You upload it and create your profile just once, and then when you participate in any Gravatar-enabled site, your Gravatar image will automatically follow you there.
You will need an account at WordPress.com. Don’t confuse WordPress.com with YOUR site. You have a self-hosted WordPress site, not a free blog at WordPress.com. It is a good idea to have an account at WordPress.com so you can not only sign-up for Gravatar but sign-up for Akismet as well. More on Akismet in another blog post.
Let’s get started!
Go to Gravatar.com. Click the sign in button in the upper right corner. On this page you will find the “Create an Account” link. Use the email you want to associate with your Gravatar and select and username and password. Upon sign-up you will receive a confirmation email. Activate the account and then sign-in. You will then be prompted to add your photo. You can choose from your computer’s hard drive, an image on the internet, or an image from your webcam. Browse and select your photo. It allows you to crop the image into the required square. Rate your image, I think this is silly but maybe necessary in today’s world.
Your Gravatar image should be connected with your email address at that final stage. You’re done. Happy Blogging!