Do your visitors show up as nameless faces… mystery men hiding in the shadows… or cartoony monsters?
You can use that space to make your blog stand out and be unique by getting rid of the default mystery man and using your own custom gravatar image.
Choose Your Custom Image
First you need an image to use. What image you choose would depend on your blog, of course. Maybe a smaller version of your logo, or an icon that matches your branding.
Once you’ve chosen your image and edited it for use as a Gravatar (my image size needed to be 48px by 48px but this depends on your theme), then you’ll want to upload it to your blog and copy it’s URL.
- Go to “Media” -> “Add New”
- Then click on “Select files” and choose your image file to upload
- Next notice the URL box and highlight then copy the image’s “File URL” (near the bottom of this image)
Tip: You can create and edit images free online with Pixlr if you need graphics software.
Set Up A New Default Avatar
Second you need to install and configure this plugin: Add New Default Avatar
- Go to “Plugins” -> “Add New”
- In the search box, type “add new default avatar” then click “Search Plugins”
- You’ll see the plugin listed, click “Install Now” then confirm it’s okay to install
- When you see the confirmation message, you can click “Activate Plugin” to turn the new plugin on
- Next go to “Settings” -> “Discussion” to tell the plugin what image to use
- This is the section of the page to look for and enter a name and the URL in. Name goes in the first box (Like “My Custom Image”) and URL goes in the second (the one you copied earlier). Then click “Save Changes” to save your information.
- When the page reloads you’ll want to scroll down to where you see the custom image listed and click it’s radio button then click “Save Changes” again.
The End Result
Now each visitor who leaves a comment, but doesn’t have a Gravatar setup, will get your custom logo or branded image.
Your turn! Go setup your custom WordPress avatar images (or email this post to your virtual assistant or website designer and they can make it happen for you).