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Want to add your photo next to WordPress comments, or in your WordPress profile and bio?
The service you’re looking for is called Gravatar.
If an “avatar” is a profile or identity that follows you around the internet, a Gravatar is a Globally Recognised Avatar. This is a free service owned and operated by Automattic — the same company that spearheads WordPress software development and runs WordPress.com.
With it, you connect a photo with an email address, and wherever you use that email address to identify yourself, that photo can be used as your profile picture.
You can also give a rating to your photo, to mark it as ‘G’ for General Audiences, or warn sites that it’s PG or Adults Only!
This is integrated by default into WordPress profiles and comment systems; so 25% of the web already uses this; in addition to many other websites and services like Hootsuite, Disqus and even American Idol.
You can visit Gravatar.com and follow the prompts. The process (mid 2015) is:
1. Sign up for an account.
2. Verify your email address, by clicking the link they send you.
3. Upload and crop a photo.
4. Associate it with your email address.
5. Optionally, add extra email addresses and use the same or a different photo for each email address you add.
Go to the site here: http://gravatar.com.
Because you need to verify your email address in order to use the service, you are unable to add photos to your guest writer’s profiles using Gravatar. The best thing to do is convince them to set up their own account: it just takes a few minutes!
If you can’t convince them to do that, you might need to custom-code your theme to work with a plugin that adds a profile image to the built-in User Profile. There are a few plugins available in the WordPress repository to do this out of the box, but we can’t recommend any as they depend on the theme’s ability to display them, so your milage will vary.
If you get stuck, let us give you a quote for setting this up by filling out the form below: