Gravatars (Globally Recognised Avatars)

Gravatar Comments
Over at Aidan?s blog he has just installed some code to display gravatars (Globally Recognised Avatars) on his site. Basically you register your email at and assign a thumbnail image to it, and when you comment on anyone?s blog who has added the gravatar script your image will show when you comment.

Of course I cheated and just installed a plugin, meaning I only had to add a pre-defined bit of code to my comments.php and style.css files in my template.

It may not add anything great to the site but at least it makes the individual comments stand out more and add more of an identity to them.

The only problem I?ve stumbled on so far is that when I visited Aidan?s blog and commented, my gravatar was still displayed using the default thumb, and I guess this is because it is stored in the cache along with my email address. I think it may be prudent to clear the cache every so often so that the images are refreshed from which should solve this, although it?s good to keep images cached to improve page load times.

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9 Responses to Gravatars (Globally Recognised Avatars)

  1. Aidan L says:

    Yeah, they?re pretty cool aren?t they :-) .

    I have noticed, however, that yours is still not showing up on my blog! You refer to clearing the cache for you, but I am not sure what you mean.

    I know how to clear the cache on my browser but that won?t make a difference to you, therefore I assume you mean clear the cache of the blog which I don?t actually know how to do?

  2. Adem says:

    I?ve got an option to do this in my gravatars plugin menu, but obviously you I mentioned the cache thing as Iā€™ve got an option to do this in my gravatars plugin menu.

    ā€œDeleting a cached gravatar will force your blog to request the latest version (if any) fromā€

    I assumed (wrongly) that the default image had been assigned to me and was stored in your gravatars cacheā€¦.but I donā€™t think you have that and it calls directly from

    In the end it was because the email address in my autofill had one uppercase character in it and this wasn?t recognised by

    It?s always the simple things eh?

  3. jonny says:

    I have absolutely no idea what you are going on about in this post. I think it all in a foreign language called ?Nerdlish?. Aren?t avatars sunglasses that pilots wear?

  4. nick says:

    Man I love these things! Every blog should have them. Jonny, go to the website and it will explaine it there :)

  5. Aidan L says:

    I see now Adem. It suddenly becomes clear ;-)

  6. Nils says:

    Mine never shows up :-(

  7. Nils says:

    One more try. Aidan?s too clogged up already, so pardon me for trying yours. If it doesn?t work, it?s coz I?m tired and I?ll read the whole thing again tomorrow.

  8. Adem says:

    I know it sounds silly but have you actually asigned a different image for your gravatar?

    I?m a wee bit drunk but can tell you that people without gravatars on this blog simply get a ?gravatar? text for their image, but you actually get an thumnail which makes me think you?ve partly configured your gravatar but only with a default image?.

    or it could be the bottle of 2005 Chenin Blanc Chardonnay I?ve just drunk?.

  9. Adem says:

    Yay?!!!! Just reloaded my page and your ?n? thumbnail came up!!! Very Happy!!!!!


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