How to Add a Gravatar in WordPress

In this WordPress Video Tutorial, I show you how to add a gravatar or profile pic for WordPress.  A gravatar is really cool because your profile pic or whatever image or graphic you use will appear whenever you comment on someone else’s blog post or whenever you reply to comments on your own post.   Not having a gravatar makes you look like an amateur and a newbie. Don’t be a newbie. Get a Gravatar!

Andy Bailey, the creator of CommentLuv, is even thinking of adding an option to the CommentLuv plugin which would allow the blog owner to reject all comments that do NOT have a gravatar associated with them.   One of the reasons that Andy is thinking of blocking comments that do NOT have gravatars associated with them is because when Andy sifted through the comment spam on his blog, he found that over 90% of the comment spam was posted by people who did NOT have a gravatar.   By the way, CommentLuv is a great way to get more people to comment on your blog posts!

You Need to Have a Gravatar

I myself am seriously thinking of blocking comments that do not have a gravatar from appearing on my site, especially now that I have this WordPress Video Tutorial that shows commentators how to easily get their own gravatar!

Click on this link to get your own gravatar.   This link will take you to the English speaking version of the site.

How to Add Your Own Gravatar

Article Written by Jim Landers aka “Jupiter Jim”


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  • Martin Jun 6, 2013, 4:07 am

    Funny because I just installed Gravatars yesterday. I used to have them installed before, but after I changed themes I never added the feature.

    • jupiterjim Jun 6, 2013, 4:47 am


      Glad I could help!!!! Are you the Martin that Andy Bailey mentioned in his recent video?

  • Ingrid Jun 6, 2013, 5:38 am

    I love your videos, you have a great way of just breaking it down to the abc’s of it. I’ve been using gravatars for a few years, but never knew all the why and how’s of it all. Thanks – now I understand what to do for my other email account and why my gravatar doesn’t always show up!

    Now to check out Commentluv… 🙂

    • jupiterjim Jun 6, 2013, 1:53 pm


      I love your site. Great content and I can see you are rockin’ the Genesis framework. Excellent choice. Yes, gravatars are a thing that most people never bother to figure out since you can comment and run a blog without one. It just doesn’t look very good when you don’t. So glad I was able to help and thanks so much for dropping by!

  • Ingrid Jun 6, 2013, 2:04 pm

    Thanks so much Jim! I’m honored you took a peek at my little paper crafting site. Thanks for checking it out! I have stuff up and figured out because of a lot of your videos. 🙂

    • jupiterjim Jun 6, 2013, 6:32 pm


      Yes, you’ve got a great site. Please feel free to share on my FB wall anytime. And happy to hear that my videos are actually helping somebody! LOL I just started working with Genesis so maybe I’ll start doing videos for them sometime soon! Keep in touch!

  • Yorinda Jun 6, 2013, 10:43 pm

    Hi Jim,
    great tutorial and explanations.

    Being a ‘baby boomer’ and about to enter my 6th decade this month, I do understand from talking to people in my age bracket that some of these technical things can be daunting and it is so good to have clear instructions.
    Personally I feel blesssed with learning any of these things quickly and also remembering them.

    I will share this, so more people can set up their gravatars easily.

  • Clint Butler Jun 7, 2013, 1:35 am

    I think setting up my gravatar account was one of the first things that I did when I started online. Probably because I am such a good looking guy and wanted to share that with the world LOL.

    On a serious note, I love Andy’s idea and can’t wait to implement it. Sure there are going to be legitimate people caught up and not able to comment on my site. But for the sake of not having to deal with 10 to 15 spam comments a day I can accept that. Besides, I like seeing a face with my comments, even if its fake its still someone there versus a piece of software.

  • Nile Jun 7, 2013, 2:08 am

    Default is known as The Gray Man. BTW… I changed your name from Bob Jangles to your name…rofl.

    Thanks for the shoutout and also demonstrating how Gravatar works. Gravatar is definitely something I recommend people to use. I remember when WordPress themes in the directory at did not have the gravatar implemented and had to put together tutorials on how to insert it into the theme. Perhaps I will revive those oldies but refresh them since API and code had changed a little in the past decade for WordPress and over half a decade for both Gravatar and CommentLuv.


  • Asher ross @ eUKhost Jun 7, 2013, 9:35 am

    Gravtar works really awesome attach your logo or service image in the profile and it works really great to create service as brand and works as a identity as well.

  • Chery Schmidt Jun 7, 2013, 6:59 pm

    Great Video On Gravatar’s Jim! From now on when someone leaves me a comment without one I am going to send them here.. Thanks for sharing Chery 🙂

    • jupiterjim Jun 9, 2013, 11:17 pm


      That would be a great idea! I am thinking of blocking comments from people with NO gravatar and sending them to this video and post as well. Glad you find it helpful!

  • Cherrie Bautista Jun 7, 2013, 11:22 pm

    I can’t tell you how many times I get comments and ends up being unapproved because they don’t have gravatar. It’s really important that one have a gravatar not only to associate face with the comments, but to not appear “spammish”. Thank you for having this training to help people set up their gravatars.

    • jupiterjim Jun 7, 2013, 11:40 pm


      Glad you like the video and thanks for commenting here!!! When the option to block commenters who do NOT have a gravatar appears in the commentluv plugin, I think I will exercise that option. Most of my spammers have NO gravatar! Thanks!

  • Alan Jenkin Jun 8, 2013, 8:15 am

    Thanks for the reminder, Jim. I have used a gravatar for several years now, but sometimes it doesn’t show up. Following your post, I went back and reset it, so we’ll see what happens now.
    Any idea why it would show up sometimes, but not always? (With the same email address.)

    • jupiterjim Jun 9, 2013, 11:14 pm


      I am very sorry. I have absolutely no idea why it shows up sometimes but not others! I guess you’ll have to google that question! Good luck and thanks for dropping by!

  • Nick Catricala Jun 8, 2013, 4:28 pm

    what a great video tutorial…. where were you when I needed you?

    I now have a pretty good idea how to get a Gravatar… but boy, if you would talk to me a year and half a go.. I would say “What is that?”

    I still remember when I first heard about Gravatar, my coach had to spell for me since I had no idea what was at all.. once he spelled for me, then it took me a half day to figure out what was and a couple of weeks to figure out how to get one haha 🙂

    Anyway, I finally made it and now I do not know how I would do with out one.

    So now you know what I mean when I wrote “where were you when I needed you?”

    Hope you are smiling….
    Thanks so much for all you do to support all of us.

    • jupiterjim Jun 9, 2013, 11:12 pm


      Don’t worry, when we all started, none of us had a clue what a gravatar was! lol So glad you find my videos helpful! Love all the great advice on diet and lifestyle that you share on your site as well!

  • Dr. Erica Goodstone Jun 8, 2013, 9:47 pm

    Jupiter Jim,

    Your site is an incredible resource. Your videos make it so easy to implement what you are teaching. Gravatars are essential because without it the comment appears to be spam, even if it is not.


    Dr. Erica

    • jupiterjim Jun 9, 2013, 11:10 pm

      Dr. Erica,

      You have a great website / blog as well! Glad you like them videos!

  • Farrell John Conejos Jun 11, 2013, 3:02 pm

    In a more serious note, a gravatar is really good to have so that others may see not only your face but it’s more like a way to build a stable relationship within the community. Readers will tend to remember you if you have a gravatar that represents yourself in the community. Anyway, thanks for the tips on how to add a personal avatar in WordPress.

  • QuynhLan@OpenCart Themes Jun 12, 2013, 1:44 am

    Very interesting video. I think add personal gravatar or profile pic in WordPress brings some advantage also. Your video explains very well especially for newbie. Thank for your tips!

  • Shan @ Skewed Design Studios Jun 12, 2013, 11:13 pm

    Bojangles! LOL

    I lost it at “good enough for government work”.

    PS: Good video. 😀

    • jupiterjim Jun 14, 2013, 9:46 am


      Glad you liked my humor! Thanks so much for dropping by! I know you are real busy (and sarcastic!) LOL

      ~ Jupiter Jim

  • David Merrill 101 Jun 15, 2013, 2:24 pm

    I don’t think anyone is taken seriously online unless the have a gravatar. Usually, as you point out Jim, they are considered novices at best, spammers more often than not.

    Since one of the critical aspects of doing business online is to instill trust, going gravatar-less is not where you want to be.

    I have had an ongoing debate among some bloggers and marketers, though, as to how often to change your gravatar. I personally leave mine the same for the purpose of recognition, but I know others believe changing it frequently creates intrigue as to what you’ll be doing next.

    Any thoughts on that?

    • jupiterjim Jun 15, 2013, 3:14 pm


      You’ve made all good points as usual.

      I say do NOT change your Gravatar unless you have a better pic that you plan on using for a while. It’s about branding and recognition! Changing your gravatar often does NOT help in that regard.

      Thanks again for dropping by.

      You’ve got a great blog that I encourage people to visit, as well!!!

  • Raena Lynn Jun 16, 2013, 12:31 pm

    Hi Jim,

    Your tutorials are great. I think a gravatar is essential for the serious blogger or marketer. I don’t get too many commentators on my blog without one, but when I do get one, this is a great bookmark to send them to.

    I think the purpose of a gravatar is for branding so an image of yourself is ideal. Many people use cartoons or other pictures, and I strongly recommend them making the change to show themselves. It helps other people recognize you. Branding is immediate when using a gravatar, and I agree that it’s best to stick with one to use on a long term basis. However, I’m not opposed to changing it if it is a better image, and the new gravatar will be used for a long period of time after the switch.

    I think Andy’s decision to block “no avatar” users is a good idea. When I do see the blank person, it is usually spam. Thanks again Jim!

    Raena Lynn

  • Pearly Quah Jun 17, 2013, 4:35 am

    Hi Jim,

    You have so much great stuffs to share. I actually put your name and several other people name on my separate contact book. Reason is that I know where to look for solution or even getting idea when I face challenges on specific subject. Thanks for your generous teaching.

    As for gravatar, I agree that those who are serious about bringing themselves or their business online should have their own picture to let people see who they are talking to and dealing with. At least people will know you are a real person.

    Nowadays, I noticed that all the spam comment I received on my wordpress blog do not have gravatar. I wonder why they do not want to put up their pictures and I wouldn’t want to do business or buy anything from them.

    Thanks for sharing great tip here.

    Pearly Quah

  • merlin Jun 23, 2013, 11:06 am

    Google love Gravatar base things for promoting website and your activities on internet. it is very good for promoting websites and blogs.

  • Mark Murray Jul 1, 2013, 5:50 pm

    Hey Jim – caught your comment at and followed you over here. I’m a writer and website author myself, so this post turned out pretty helpful for me – appreciate it!

  • Jake Jul 18, 2013, 10:18 am

    Yes, I think it’s correct, about Gravatar…. many do not use it but the real bloggers and tech enthusiasts know what it is and use it.

    So Gravatar becomes a kind of guarantee against automatic messages. I could implement this option in my blog as well.

  • Silviu Aug 17, 2013, 5:09 am

    Hi Jim,

    I am a new B3 member and now I am in the process of meeting the community members.

    I am so glad that your site and blog are focused on the internet marketing niche. It is so good to find such a site among all those personal development sites.

    I am very interested in Wordpress so I will study your videos and tutorials.

    I have a gravatar and I use it all the time. My problem now is not how to set a gravatar but what to do with the people that come to my blog and comment without having a gravatar.

    On the one hand I may accept a comment and then tell that person to use a gravatar next time. On the other hand, without a gravatar the chances to approve a spam message increase very much. Not to mention all those monster faces that will pepper my blog.
    Do you think it is a good idea to create a special page only to tell people they must use a gravatar and of course, how to do it? Maybe you have a another, better strategy.

    Have a nice day

  • Artie Van Why Aug 29, 2013, 8:37 pm

    Jupiter Jim:

    Thank you for explaining what a Gravatar is in this video. Before this I had not even heard of a Gravatar. Now I know what it is and why it is so important. This will be my first comment using my new Gravatar.

    Thank you again JJ. You da best!

    • jupiterjim Aug 31, 2013, 9:06 pm

      Glad I could help, Artie, and I love working with you!!!!

  • Rick Diffley Sep 23, 2013, 11:48 am

    Issue: I have a gravatar image attached to my website. My profile image appears when I comment on other websites.

    Problem: When I reply to comments made on my website or posts, my profile image (gravatar) does not appear. Soultion?


  • Manoj kumar Oct 18, 2013, 3:06 am

    Hi Jim
    Its really proud full to add a Gravatar to your website author box. When your friends by default visit your site from Google results and find you on website :).
    Nice tutorials.

  • Shasheta Dec 29, 2013, 12:28 am

    cool tips, testing right now 😉

  • AmondaRose Igoe Feb 4, 2014, 5:35 pm

    Thanks Jim. Just created my gravatar thanks to you! It says it takes a few minutes so I hope it shows up when I click on submit. HERE I GO….

    • jupiterjim Feb 4, 2014, 7:18 pm

      Love the BEAUTIFUL LOOKING GRAVATAR!!! Glad that my video was able to help you!!!! Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment, AmondaRose!!!

  • Susan Feb 11, 2014, 5:44 pm

    Hi Jim!
    Thanks for the post. I just set up my gravatar account and I have a question for you. I used my account to login and it automatically populated my personal email address. I would have preferred to have my website’s admin email used instead. Now it won’t allow me to change 🙁

    • jupiterjim Feb 12, 2014, 4:35 pm

      Please email me and set up a time for Thursday or Friday from 2 to 9pm for us to talk on the phone. There should be a place for you to change or ADD email addresses to your gravatar profile.

  • Patricia Spain Mar 11, 2014, 2:18 pm

    Thanks for your informative blog about creating a gravatar. I found the information to be very helpful and I am on my way to creating my own gravatar.

    Thanks for all the help.
    Patricia Spain

    • jupiterjim Mar 13, 2014, 1:14 am


      Glad to hear that this video could be of some use to you!!!

  • imran Mar 16, 2014, 1:48 am

    Thanks for great share ,its really an informative post , pretty interesting to read too ..Thanks for sharing with us……

    • jupiterjim Mar 16, 2014, 12:42 pm

      Looks like your site has a great product for protecting iPhones!!!

  • Noor Basheer Apr 20, 2014, 2:36 am

    I had commented in many blog using my email address . But just now i had created a gravatar for my email id . Will my photo appear in previously commented blogs?

    • jupiterjim Apr 20, 2014, 8:23 am

      I believe that it will, yes!

  • Wendy Cannarile May 19, 2014, 12:56 pm

    Thank you Jim. This was very informative. I am a brand new blogger. Actually today was my first blog! Not where I want to be yet, but its a start 🙂 I am enjoying watching your videos. There seems to be one to answer each of my many questions. Many thanks!

  • Georgette Dec 5, 2014, 12:07 pm

    Just watched your most helpful tutorial video for how to create your own gravatar and wished to thank you! Excellent information and information that allowed me to create my own gravator. I am looking forward to our session today. Thank you!

  • Bhumi Feb 19, 2015, 12:06 am

    Thanks for this very informative and easy to understand information!

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