Everyone wants to add an author’s profile photo in their WordPress blog.
In a WordPress website, Gravatar is being used as a by default profile picture for any author image.
For any online discussion website or blogging website, image and text are must along with its identity. But, it bothers some people to add/change profile picture for WordPress website.
Without a profile picture in a website, the user won’t view website content as a genuine creator.
However, everyone tries to adapt up to the latest trends, we try to help you out by sending the message of the on-going patterns. And, we have a new trend that is going in the industry presently, Gravatar.
What is Gravatar?
Gravatar is a WordPress service for “Globally Recognized Avatar” by wordpress.com. It is a small image that will showcase your picture along with your name and website linked to it.
You can create an account, upload your profile picture and wait for a few minutes to recognize your picture with an attached email address. By having an account in gravatar each commenter to have their identity throughout the World Wide Web.
In case the user doesn’t have a gravatar account then the profile picture will display a default image placeholder which is called “Mystery Man”.
Benefits of Using Gravatar:
1. Increase your website authority
One can easily spot you from anywhere if you have seen by using gravatar account on several another website. It gives you instant recognition across the internet and maintains the same identity.
2. Helps in boost your website traffic
By commenting on other blogs using an attractive gravatar profile will generate traffic (backlinking) to your own website. This traffic will also help you to increase your own website ranking in search engines like Google, Yahoo, and Bing etc.
3. Increase reader loyalty
By commenting and post a blog using gravatar account your reader will treat you as a genuine profile. You can establish a great relationship with your reader by replying meaningful comments to their comments and queries.
4. Branding your website
In the online world of blogging and internet marketing, networking is everything. With Gravatar account, you can create your fabulous profile and build a brand around it. If you have something important to say, a magazine to sell or other product to promote, you are missing out huge time if you have not yet set up your Gravatar account.
5. Quality writing of your website
This is one of every important advantage of using a gravatar account. A gravatar account with your image will force you to leave quality comments as nobody wants to assist their image/logo with meaningless comments. This will also separate you from the common spammer who does not use a Gravatar. By posting an accurate and quality blog post, your profile’s online reputation will build in an online market.
But, some of your website authors, guest authors or end users don’t know about this facility. So, we must guide them to use this great feature of WordPress.
Before that they might also have few questions in their mind:
- Why should they take an interest in this matter?
- Why should create a new account just for an image showcase?
- Why should embed their email address on any other websites as well?
- Just because of all these, you might lose the beauty of your website.
Let me give you the easiest solution for it.
Here we used our Blog Designer Pro plugin’s Brit Co Blog Template with Gravatar images.
Have you noticed that some posts missing Gravatar images? There are images of default ‘Mystery Man’ avatar.
Disadvantages of using Gravatar:
Even though there are so many benefits of using gravatar, there is a drawback too.
Lack of speed: Gravatars can seriously increase your page load time. If your content has good traffic on it, it is possible that you might get so many comments on that post more than your average blog post comments. Each of those comments carries an image, each of which must be rendered and loaded. The more comments you have, the slower the page will load.
So every time your WordPress website is loaded, it creates a call to the Gravatar servers, asking the servers to check their databases for the commenter’s email address and return the appropriate Gravatar image to your server, so it can serve it up in the visitor’s browser window.
Is there a way to display WordPress profile picture without gravatar?
We look into this issue and tried to solve this up.
We found some useful plugins that will give you Gravatar image control with the WordPress website.
Custom User Profile Photo – WordPress Plugin
Custom User Profile Photo is an essential plugin to give facility to end users as one can upload their own profile pictures instead of Gravatar image. And, that profile picture will be available within blog author showcase, comment author showcase, etc. and similarly it will recognize with a current WordPress site. Users can use various profile pictures on different WordPress websites.
WP First Letter Avatar – WordPress Plugin
WP First Letter Avatar includes a set of beautiful, colorful letter avatars in many sizes. Optimal size will be chosen by the plugin in order to display high-quality avatar instead of default one. This plugin might be a single plugin solution for your WordPress site if you are fighting for Gravatars for your blog authors.
As per the image below, you can see that I have implemented both the above plugins with my blog website. Now, it’s looking more beautiful and pretty as compared to the old one.
To see the live demo of Gravatar in action, please check our Blog Designer website’s demo layouts and add simply comments with any blog posts and hope you will find some new faces with the blog.
Actually, there are two ways to showcase your profile picture on the WordPress website. First is using Gravatar account and the second way to showcase your profile picture using WordPress Plugins. Using WordPress Plugin will be more effective in the long term as it won’t decrease website speed. And you are not depending on third parties services.
I hope you enjoy reading this article.
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