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How to Show Your Profile Photo in Blog Comments

Gravatars How to display your profile picture in WordPress

Originally published on August 31, 2015

When you’re reading blog posts and comments, do you notice that some commenters have photos associated with their comments while others display a “Mystery Person”? This generic “Mystery Person” image is the default avatar displayed on WordPress websites. Do you want:

  • To show your own image beside your comments on other blogs?
  • Your image to display when you respond to comments on your own blog?

To do this, you need to create a Gravatar.

What is a Gravatar?

You may be familiar with the term Avatar from the online gaming world and from message forums. An avatar is a graphic that identifies a user online

A Gravatar is a globally recognized [gr]avatar.

Your Gravatar is an image that follows you from site to site appearing beside your name when you do things like comment or post on a blog. ~ gravatar.com

Gravatar integration is built into most WordPress themes and is widely used across the Internet.  When you set up a Gravatar, your photo will be displayed whenever you comment on other blog posts. 

We encourage WordPress users to create a Gravatar because it helps make the web more of a community and less anonymous. And as you’ll see below, as a blogger or WordPress site owner, there are strong marketing reasons to use a Gravatar.

How to Change the Default Mystery Person Avatar on Your WordPress Blog

There will always be some commenters to your blog who haven’t created a gravatar account.  For these commenters, the grey  “Mystery Person” avatar will display. You can change this default image in Settings → Discussion. Select the option that you prefer.

Why Bloggers should use Gravatar

  1. BRANDING: A Gravatar will help you consistently build your personal brand.
  2. CREDIBILITY:  A comment with a photo is more credible than a Mystery Person icon. So many blog comments are spam. A Gravatar sets your comment apart and indicates to the blog owner that your comment is legitimate.
  3. PROFESSIONAL:  Even if you aren’t commenting on other blogs when you reply to commenters on your own blog it is more professional when you should show your image.
  4. CONVENIENCE:  A Gravatar account is easy to create and requires little or no management. When you want to update your image you only have to change it in one place and every blog you’ve ever commented on updates with the new image

5 Steps to Set Up Your Gravatar

  1. If you have a wordpress.com account, sign in at gravatar.com. If you have Jetpack on your site, you already have a wordpress.com account. It’s important to note that wordpress.com is not the same as yourwebsite.com/wp-admin.
  2. If you don’t have a wordpress.com account, click Need an account? to register.
  3. Add your email address. You can add multiple email addresses so you can add avatars to each one.
  4. Select an email address and upload the image, photo or graphic you want to use as your avatar for that email address. Unless you are representing a brand, we recommend using a photo of yourself instead of a logo or icon. For consistency, use the same image here that you use as your profile picture on your social media accounts.
  5. Do this for each email address. You can choose a different avatar for each one or you can assign the same avatar for all of your email addresses.

Now you can show the world who you are. Setting up a Gravatar is easy and fast. It’ll help build your brand recognition and your credibility. We highly recommend that you take 5 minutes to set one up.

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37 thoughts on “How to Show Your Profile Photo in Blog Comments”

  1. I set my Gravatar up as instructed and gave it 10mins or so but my icon next to my blog comments (of my own site) remains the default one…
    I used to comment with a different email address so I set up the same Gravatar image for both my old and new addresses but still no luck.
    Am I doing something wrong?

        1. Hi Amie,
          Go back into Gravatar and double-check your email addresses. You commented with a Gmail address so make sure that address is correct in Gravatar (no typos).

  2. It’s helpful… But I have set up my Gravtar account and pictures yet my pics are not shown while commenting.
    Could you help me figure out for this.

    1. Make sure that you are using the same email address to comment as you used in Gravatar. You can add multiple email addresses in Gravatar.

      I hope that helped

  3. Testing to see if this works here. I’ve set up Gravatar, but it doesn’t seem to show my picture on comments I respond to on my own blog. Unless I have to redo those comments for it to work?

  4. Thank you for sharing and this is exactly what I need. I’m a newbie and I’m confused about the blog settings, so I need to read this article and the beginner’s series.

    1. Hi Rajat,

      According to the gravatar site blogger doesn’t yet support gravatar but there are a couple of 3rd party commenting systems you can use instead of the built in blogger system. IntenseDebate uses gravatars by default, or allows your users to upload a different image if they prefer.
      blogkomm supports gravatars and can be installed on your server and included in your Blogger templates. [source]

  5. Thanks for the very clear steps on how to create a Gravatar. Very useful. I am also using this as a test to see if my Gravatar will actually show up. Fingers crossed!

  6. I really think that this Gravatar system is a such a nice way to leave a comment because you get to see a photo and the gravitar icon can sometimes (depending on the site) be clicked to view a profile.

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