I have been trying to get my Gravatar to work for weeks. I think I may have figure it out. For any of you that are having the same problem as me here are some of the step I have made toward getting my gravatar picture to show up.
I set up a Gravatar account a while back, added my personal picture to it and waited for it to sync up to my blog. Yeah right! I checked it. No such luck. Resized the picture. No such luck. Resized the picture again. No such luck. So I went into help and searched again on why my gravatar picture still wasn’t coming up.
- The site you’re using needs to support the Gravatar service for loading images. Though many sites and blogs do this, Gravatar isn’t yet in use everywhere. Notable exceptions are services like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, which don’t yet support Gravatars.
- The email address you use for your account on the other site must be one of the email addresses that is registered to your Gravatar account. Gravatar uses your email address to provide your image to other sites. If we don’t have any record of your email address, Gravatar won’t be able to display your image.
- Your selected Gravatar must use a rating that’s permitted by the other site. Lots of sites restrict Gravatar images to G or PG ratings only. WordPress.com blogs are set by default to only permit G-rated images. If your Gravatar’s rating is higher than the rating allowed by the site, a default image will appear instead of your chosen Gravatar.
I missed that WP Websites won’t accept your personal picture unless your site is marked G rated. I changed my rating and waited.
Normally the sync can take a few hours if you don’t know how to clear out your cache on your website/blog. I wasn’t sure how to clear the cache so I waited for my gravatar to sink-and waited some more. Nothing happened.
(Then I had this brilliant idea to go into my settings-discussion tab on my blog dashboard. I scrolled down to avatars, clicked on the blank avatar setting, and made my site G Rated. *I’m not sure if this helped matters or not, but I was ready to check off any button I could*)
Finally I did my research on WP Clear Cache.
I started with the top two:
WP Super Cache-Clear All Cache -The cache plugin button didn’t show up on my desktop. I uninstalled-deleted the plugin.
WP3 Total Cache wanted me to do all kinds of manual stuff to set it up. (I needed something I could just install.)
Zen Cache installed let me know that although it was compatable with my wordpress I needed to contact my website admin to upgrade a php file.
This is the one I chose:
WP Fastest Cache Plugin -easy one click install-setup.
This plugin creates static html files from your dynamic WordPress blog. When a page is rendered, php and mysql are used. Therefore, system needs RAM and CPU. If many visitors come to a site, system uses lots of RAM and CPU so page is rendered so slowly. In this case, you need a cache system not to render page again and again. Cache system generates a static html file and saves. Other users reach to static html page.
Setup of this plugin is so easy. You don’t need to modify the .htacces file. It will be modified automatically.
- Mod_Rewrite which is the fastest method is used in this plugin
- All cache files are deleted when a post or page is published
- Admin can delete all cached files from the options page
- Admin can delete minified css and js files from the options page
- Block cache for specific page or post with Short Code
- Cache Timeout – All cached files are deleted at the determinated time
- Enable/Disable cache option for mobile devices
- Enable/Disable cache option for logged-in users
- SSL support
- CDN support
- Generating static html files from your dynamic WordPress blog
- Minify Html – You can decrease the size of page
- Minify Css – You can decrease the size of css files
- Enable Gzip Compression – Reduce the size of files sent from your server to increase the speed to which they are transferred to the browser.
- Leverage browser caching – Reduce page load times for repeat visitors
- Combine CSS – Reduce number of HTTP round-trips by combining multiple CSS resources into one
- Combine JS
I clicked on the icon it automatically put on my dashboard and cleared the cache. My avatar showed up on Gravatar first thing:) We’ll see if it works on everything else.