4 Steps for Turning Faceless into Friendly — Get a Gravatar

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Go from faceless to friendly in just a few minutes time. All it takes is a quick account setup at gravatar.com.


Gravatars vs Avatars

Avatars are small graphics that are displayed under your username whenever you post. They are specific to a website — like the profile photo you choose to use on Facebook.

Gravatars are globally recognized avatars that follow you from website to website. Your gravatar will appear when you comment on this blog post and many other websites on the internet.

If you don’t have an avatar or a gravatar, a little faceless guy will show up in your place. But, it’s quick and easy to remedy that. Here’s how to set up a gravatar.


Step One: Create an Account at Gravatar.com

  • Go to gravatar.com.
  • Click on the blue box labeled “Create Your Own Gravatar.”
  • Enter an email address. This should be the same e-mail address that you use to make comments on our blog.
  • Enter a username (this will also follow you around the web) and password.
  • Click Sign Up.

Gravatar.com (WordPress) will send you a confirmation e-mail.

  • In the email, click Activate Account.
  • At Gravatar.com, click Sign In. You may need to enter your information.

Step Two – Add an Image

Now that you’ve successfully created an account, it’s time to add a picture! When you first open your account, gravatar.com will tell you that you don’t have a picture yet and you need to add one.

  • Click on the Add One by Clicking Here or the Add a New Image link.
  • Choose how you want to upload an image.



Step Three – Crop Your Photo

Now you’ll see the photo you’ve uploaded as well as a view of how the gravatar currently looks.

  • On the main image, click and drag the bounding box handles to make the Cropper Box larger or smaller.
  • Click and drag inside the image to reposition it.
  • Click Crop Image when finished.



Step Four: Rate and Finish

  • Choose a rating for your gravatar. Please be sure your photo fits the ‘G’ rating! *Ü*
  • Click Set Rating.

All done! Next time you leave a comment on our site using that e-mail address, your gravatar should show up next to your name, and you will be ‘faceless’ no more!

By the way, for those of you shy about showing your real face, you can choose anything you like to represent you—a pet, a cartoon caricature, a photo of you when you were a child, whatever! If you post often, we’ll soon get to know the YOU that you choose to portray in picture form.

I’m looking forward to seeing the gravatars that you create.

Leave a comment below if you’d like to check out your new gravatar!


Author: Jen White | Contact Us
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23 Responses

  1. Gayle Gillies
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    Thanks Jen :))

    • Jen White
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      So nice to see your smiling face, Gayle! 😀

  2. Alice Hatheway
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    Thanks so much for the great instructions!

    • Jen White
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      Adorable photo, Alice!

  3. Cynthia Borklund
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    I did it. I hope it comes up!

    • Jen White
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      Yay. I’m so glad you joined us, Cynthia. 😀

  4. Kellie Linn
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    Had to give it a try, thanks Jen!

    • Jen White
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      So nice to see your smiling face, Kellie. 😀

  5. Margaret (Bubby)
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    Ok I gave it a go hope it works, guess this is the big test thanks for the instructions.

    • Jen White
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      Looks like you are good to go, Bubby! So glad to see your cute little photo among friends. 😀

  6. Joyce Korenuk
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    I tried it!

    • Jen White
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      And I’m SO glad you did, Joyce! So nice to see your smiling face. 😀

  7. Larryjr40@msn.com
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    I guess I’ll join in trying out this thing. Thanks, Jen, for telling us about it.

    • Jen White
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      SO glad to see your smiling face!! Yay for you for taking the plunge.

  8. Su Hall
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    I have had my Gravatar for 12 to 15 years! I made it on the Gravatar website, which was different, back then. I was able to ‘build’ my own. “Bless This Chick”, her title, has been with me all these years! In that time, as websites and the internet evolved, my Gravatar went along for the ride.
    It surprises me, even, how I can comment, or sign up, on a website I have never even been to before, and there’s my avatar!
    Note, one sure fire method I have for making sure that I have already downloaded a goody or a freebie on a particular blog or website is to comment. Say “Thanks!” Then, if I come upon the page, again, a quick glance for my Gravatar, and I can save myself a load of time NOT downloading again!!!
    Thank you!

    • Jen White
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      I’ve always loved your gravatar, Su. SO cute!

  9. Jenifer Juris
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    I’m so excited to see more of your faces here!! Thanks for the awesome tutorial! 🙂

  10. Karen Sayler
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    I think I did it. Thanks!

    • Jen White
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      There you are!! So glad to see your smiling face, Karen. 😀

  11. Gail Robb
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    I did it – thanks for the great instructions!

    • Jen White
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      That’s an adorable gravatar, Gail! So much better than faceless man. 😀

  12. Dorrie Harden
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    Well, I tried doing this Gravatar thing so I hope it works. Guess I’ll find out here. 🙂

    • Jen White
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      YAY!! Always love to see your smiling face, Dorrie!! 😀

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