So your gravatar image is not working? That’s not good!
Let me see if I can help you.
What is a Gravatar?
Firstly, to make sure we are on the same path, a gravatar is an avatar or photo that represents you on the internet. For example, if I leave a comment on someone’s blog, a picture is attached to the comment to identify me. You will also see the authors bio at the end of this article, the gravatar is also used there.
Why do I need a gravatar?
If you are a blogger or webmaster you need a Gravatar as it is the professional thing to do. Also having a gravatar lets other know that you are a real person and not a spammer. As you can see from the screenshot below, the gravatar appears next to the comment that people make on most websites.
Reasons Why Your Gravatar Image is Not Working
#1. Website Does Not Support Gravatars
This would be rare now days but you might come across a website or blog that does not support or is not linked up with gravatar.com. Luckily WordPress is the most widely used content management system and this supports using gravatar.
#2. You Haven’t Added an Image to Your Account
Some people go and sign up for an account at Gravatar.com but do not upload an image there. You must upload your preferred image into the account you created. Then when you type in your email address that you used in the account in a comment form on WordPress, the photo will show.
#3. You Are Using the Wrong Email Address
When commenting on a website you need to enter the correct email address in to get your avatar to show up. This email address would be the same one you registered at Gravatar with.
#4. You Have the Wrong Ratings Set Up
This happened to one of my friends. She had an account, a picture uploaded, and everything seemed fine. But the gravatar image was not working still. I went and checked over her account to see why. It turned out that her avatar had been rated PG and not G.
Here is How to Change Your Gravatar Rating to G
1. Sign into your account at gravatar.com
2. Go to the top menu and click on Account.
3. Choose Manage my gravatars from the menu.
4. Now find the link that says Check the gravatar.
5. Hover over the image you have.
6. This will show you what rating you have. It is best to have a G rating to be acceptable to most websites.
7. To change the rating click on it.
8. Now you can choose the g rating for your picture.
#5. The Website Has Gravatars Disabled
Some web-masters like to disable pictures on their websites and blogs. There can be a number of reasons for this. For example they might want their site to load faster or they just want a simple clean site with no images.