Why not upload an avatar to show when you comment on a post?

This post has nothing to do with miles or points! I did, however, want to take a minute to explain one feature of the blog you can use but most people do not.

You probably noticed, when reading the comments to a post, that my comments have the brown map icon / avatar next to them. Some other posters also have their own avatars which appear by their comments.

If you have an existing avatar that you use on Milepoint or other forums, then you can easily use it on Head for Points as well, plus many other blogs.

The process is simple. What you need to do is go to http://en.gravatar.com/ and create an account using your email address. You can then upload your avatar to Gravatar, by going to ‘Add an Image’ under ‘My Account’.

Gravatar is integrated into WordPress, who host this blog, so there is nothing else you need to do. As long as you give the same email address in your comments that you use with Gravatar, your image will automatically appear next to your comments in the future.

You can also, if you wish, add details of your own website, twitter feed etc to your Gravatar profile. It will then appear to anyone who hovers over your avatar or clicks on it.

Feel free to post a test comment under this post if you want to try it out!  Your avatar is active immediately once you have registered.

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Comments

  1. test comment

  2. gnarlyoldgoatdude says:

    Unfortunately someone else may have grabbed your handle at gravatar.

    • Gravatar only matches by email. Even if you have to register a different user name to the one you post under on Head for Points and other blogs, your chosen avatar will still show as long as you use the same email address for posting as you registered with Gravatar.

      When you make a comment, it will put your Gravatar user name in the ‘name’ box as a default, but you can type over this to show something else. I just did a test on my wifes account and it works.

  3. Not sure what went wrong.

  4. Thanks Raffles I couldn’t see it straight away but all good now.

  5. pangalactic1 says:

    Someone took my username, grrrr 😡

    • It doesn’t matter. When you make a comment, as long as you are not logged in to WordPress, it will put pangalactic1 in the ‘Name’ box by default, but you can type over this to anything you like. The avatar still appears.

      • PanGalactic says:

        It’s actually possible to change your display name under Edit my Profile too, sorted now! :)

  6. I see, perfect, thanks! :)