Gmail App like avatar shows you the initial letter of the user on a random background color. Earlier we have discussed about using first alphabet from the name as user avatar on WordPress site and BuddyPress networks.
In this lesson you will learn doing the same thing forcefully all over your website in Google style. You can display first letter of user avatar using a random background color every-time.
By default all Gravatar information is public and it automatically appears on hovercards enabled websites. But if you don’t want to show up your information on websites you have commented on then you can make your gravatar profile private. Simply Log in to your Gravatar account. At the top of your web browser’s screen, click My Account, then click on View My Profile and from the lower right corner of your profile, click Hide My Profile option.
Gravatars are the globally recognized avatars, it is an image assigned to email addresses which automatically shows up on gravatar enabled websites. For Exmaple: Suppose you have created a WordPress site and invited your friends to join-in, now if they have a gravatar profile and they registers on your website using the same email address, their profile picture and names will automatically start showing up on your website. Gravatar service was created by Tom Preston-Werner. Since 2007, it has been owned by Automattic, the company behind WordPress.
Unlike to Gravatar which works universally on all WordPress sites showing one common avatar by email address you can add avatars of your choice for your WordPress site authors, editors and subscribers etc. There are several good WordPress plugins that allows you to upload avatars locally on your blog right from the user profile page. Following are some free plugins ordered by their popularity and downloads.