How to set up your avatar

An “avatar” is an image that represents you online—a little picture that appears next to your name when you interact with websites. A Gravatar is a Globally Recognized Avatar. You upload it and create your profile just once, and then when you participate in any Gravatar-enabled site, your Gravatar image will automatically follow you there. Gravatar is a free service.

Getting started with Gravatar is easy; you’ll need to have a account and then authorize that account to connect to Gravatar.

These steps take about 5 minutes and will save you time in the long run.

  • Step #1: Go to
  • Step #2: On the Gravatar home page, click on the Sign In button at the top-right of your browser window.
  • Step #3: Enter your email address (make sure this is correct) and select a username and a password,
  • Step #4: An email will be sent to confirm your address. Click on the Activate Account button to finish the process.
  • Step #5: You’ll be taken back to where you’ll see a message thanking you for confirming your email and asking you if you want to head back over to Gravatar.
  • Step #6: Assign an image to your email account(s). Click “My Computer’s hard drive” to select a photo from your computer.
  • Step #7: Choose file and find the photo you want to use on your computer.
  • Step #8: Crop the photo. This is fun and fairly self explanatory. Then click “G” for your rating.
  • You’re done! Now your comments on blogs and forums around the world will have your avatar.


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