What Is Gravatar And Why Should You Know About It?


If you are using WordPress, You should know about Gravatar. It is equally accepted on WordPress.org and WordPress.com. It is a globally recognized platform to pull your photo just by your email address. I also use Gravatar in TheWPGuides.com


In this guide, I will explain everything you need to know about Gravatar. I will also tell you how it helps in blogging and how can you use it.

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Gravatar is the abbreviation for Globally Recognized Avatar. It refers to your avatar or photo. You just need to create an account on Gravatar and put your profile picture there. Now, this photo will be associated with the email address you used to create an account on Gravatar.

WordPress uses Gravatar as the default profile picture. Most of the WordPress themes support it by default. This is the reason when you comment on any WordPress blog, it automatically pulls Gravatar. If you want to be identified on the web on any WordPress website, you should start using Gravatar.

Benefits of using Gravatar

  • Website owners do not need to manage user accounts and their images
  • Integration of Gravatars on WordPress takes little effort
  • Users do not need to register on every single website
  • You just need to change your photo on Gravatar and it will be changed automatically across every website

Disclosure: Gravatar is part of Automattic, the company behind WordPress.

How can I get a Gravatar?

It is simple. Simply visit the Gravatar website, and signup with the email that you use to comment. Now add an avatar of yourself.

Most WordPress themes and plugins automatically pull Gravatar images just by your email address. So, your photo will automatically be there in your author’s bio and comments. In this way, your comments will also have your photo across all the WordPress-based websites.

It helps a lot in blogging. It helps in getting a uniform presence and branding. If you are active on multiple blogs as an author or you usually comment on different blogs, you will have your common photo on all these websites.

At first, it might be a normal photo for you. But, you will notice if you see the same person commenting on multiple websites and writing on different blogs. You will surely want to know about him and his Gravatar brought curious visitors to his website.

You can also upload your business logo in place of your Gravatar image and see how your brand logo appears on all those websites where you commented or wrote articles.

Gravatar also helps WordPress developers a lot. Now, they do not need to code options for users to upload and set profile photos in themes. They can freely use Gravatar to pull one because most of the people using WordPress now have a Gravatar account.

Final Words

Now you know what is Gravatar. If you do not already have an account there, have one. Visit Gravatar.com and create your account with the email you use to comment or log in on WordPress websites. There, upload the photos that you want to use as default photos across all the websites.

If you have any questions about Gravatar, you can comment below. Our website also uses Gravatar to pull your profile photo. If you comment below, you will see your gravatar there.


Deepanker Verma is an experienced WordPress developer who has been working on WordPress for more than 12 years. On TheWPGuides, he writes about WordPress, WordPress development, and WordPress plugins.

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