WordPress being a vague topic to explain and to try and understand, more often than not, we have come across situations when we are confused by the whole aspect of using its functionality. And today we dwell on one of such topic that is: How to Change the default Gravatar on WordPress?
We have often seen site owners perplexed when it comes to using the function of Gravatar and the default image it sets. Most likely they are using the default image that shows up every time they comment or when someone visits their profile. Although it is not a big deal, the user is probably missing out on the advantages one can have from changing the default gravatar on WordPress to the one that represents them or their site as a whole.
So today, we bring to you, an easy to follow tutorial that will guide you through the process of changing the default image. But before we move on to the tutorial, let’s get a better understanding of what is Gravatar on WordPress and How we can use it?
Why Should You Start Using Gravatar?
Gravatar stands for Globally Recognized Avatar. It is a web service that is created as well as run by Automatic, a company of the co-founder of WordPress- Matt Mullenweg. This allows the users to create a profile as well as integrate avatar images to their e-mail addresses. This means that the image that you choose as an avatar will appear on all of the WordPress blogs where users leave comments or write blog posts. So the next question is, why should you start using Gravatar?
As the name says it, it is basically a globally recognized identity that you choose for yourself. If you own a company or a brand, adding the logo as your gravatar image will help other users recognize it. When a person scrolls through comments on blogs, the first thing that they usually lay their eyes on is the commentator’s gravatar! Even the blog publishers tend to notice their usual and loyal users through their gravatar!
How to change Gravatar on WordPress?
Method 1: Changing Gravatar on WordPress with the options they provide
While most sites come with a built-in support for Gravatars, WordPress being one, you can also get it on the Gravatar website, if you can’t find it. Often times if you don’t add an avatar for yourself, the default image of the mystery man comes up every time you add a comment or write a post. Here is an example of how this usually looks before changing the image from default.
To change the image to one of your likings, here is a short tutorial. You can either choose from the choice of images that Gravatar provides or you can also add your own custom Gravatar image!
First, go to your WordPress Dashboard and click on Settings and then redirect to the Discussion Page. Scroll down to the Avatars section and you will see the option to configure and change the gravatar image.
You will see a few options for images that you can choose from and if you wish there you can also opt for no image at all. Once you choose your options, be sure to save the changes.
Method 2: Changing the Gravatar on WordPress image with Custom Image
You can also add your very custom image on gravatar, for this, you first need an image to set as your default image. It can be any image whether it’s your picture or even the logo to go to your website.
First, redirect to the official Gravatar site so that you can register your profile. You can either use your WordPress to login or you can choose to use your Google account to log in.
After logging in, you will see the option to choose your Gravatar. You can add your very own custom image that you can use as a Gravatar. Simply click on the option to Add a New Image.
You can either choose to upload the image or you can even add an URL. There are also options if you want to add images directly from your webcam or from your previous uploads!
Once you choose, crop and upload your image, it is now your custom image for Gravatar that will show up everytime you leave a comment and publish a post!
Wrapping it Up!
So with these methods, we hope that you can now change your Gravatar on WordPress default image one of your likings. While adding custom Gravatar image can help you with branding and help users recognize you and your site, it is now also a very easy task! We hope this easy-to-follow tutorial was useful and solves your dilemma. If you loved this article, why not check out some of our other helpful WordPress articles from the link down below!
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