What is a gravatar?
Let’s take it from the source:
A gravatar, or globally recognized avatar, is quite simply an avatar image that follows you from weblog to weblog appearing beside your name when you comment on gravatar enabled sites. Avatars help identify your posts on web forums, so why not on weblogs?
From a community members point of view, what’s cool about gravatars is that you don’t have to upload your avatar image on every blog, forum or community that you are a member of. And from the community owner’s point of view, you can now add a little pizazz to your blog or forum with your members gravatars.
… Just check out a post with a few comments, you can see how the presence of the little gravatar just gives the page a little something extra.
Here is a screen shot:
So how does it work?
To get this working you need two basic things in place:
- A gravatar account where you upload your image. You do this at the official gravatar website.
- A blog, CMS or forum software that is set up to use gravatars.
Getting your gravatar working:
Go to the gravatar signup page and upload your image. The system is simple really – you upload an image (that will be your gravatar) and you associate your image with your email address.
… Now, whenever you enter your email address when you post a comment on a blog or forum that is set up to handle gravatars, your gravatar image will appear. Cool.
How about accepting gravatars on your blog or forum?
Many blogs (weblogs) already have built-in support for gravatars, check out the list here:
… You see that WordPress for example, has a plugin for it.
You can also build in gravatar support from scratch with just a little programming knowledge in a whole bunch of languages:
* ASP (classic)
So as you can see, chances are you can get gravatars working for you.
Stefan MischookStefan Mischook
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