Here’s another helpful tip that comes out way via Philip M. Hofer (“Frumph”), creator of the popular Comics Easel WordPress plug-in. This one will work equally well in either ComicsPress or Comics Easel.
If you’re running a WordPress-managed site, your comments section probably has avatars that are administered through Gravatar (globally recognized avatars). Gravatar links an avatar image to a user’s e-mail address, and then whenever that person uses the e-mail address to sign in and comment on a Web site, Gravatar delivers the chosen image as an avatar.
But what happens when someone doesn’t have a Gravatar image linked to his or her e-mail address? You get one of those generic silhouette avatars (like the one to the right). And that can be kind of drab.
Luckily, you don’t have to be locked in to those grey ghosts. You can easily set up an entire compliment of custom-made avatars for your non-Gravatar-enabled commenters.
And it’s super easy.