Update Your Avatar on WordPress.com

Update Your Avatar on WordPress.com

Update Your Avatar on WordPress.com

Manage, upload, and edit your profile photo at wordpress.com/me.

We’ve given one of our favorite features a boost! You can now manage your profile photo, or avatar, right on WordPress.com. This avatar, powered by a service called Gravatar, is the image that represents you online — a thumbnail that appears next to your name when you interact on blogs and websites. With this recently refined feature, you can upload, edit, and update your avatar at wordpress.com/me.

Your avatar shows up in many places on WordPress.com. For example, you’ll see it on your site next to your blog posts:

And when you like someone’s post:

Or when you comment on a post:

As you can see, your avatar helps to establish your identity and credibility on WordPress.com — but also across the internet. It will also appear on other websites that use Gravatar, like Stack Overflow and Hootsuite. This means that you don’t have to re-upload the same photo multiple times across the web.

How to Update Your Avatar

While logged into your WordPress.com account, go to wordpress.com/me or click your profile icon at the top-right corner of the screen. You’ll see the edit screen for your profile:

From here, you can either click on your photo to change it:

Animated GIF showing clicking the button to change the Gravatar

Or drag and drop a new photo from your computer:

You can also edit the photo — rotate, flip, or crop — before setting or changing it:

Animation showing editing image

When you’re happy with your image, click Change My Photo and you’re all set!

We’ve also made this update for the desktop app. If you have questions, refer to the Gravatars Support page or contact Support for assistance. We look forward to seeing your faces around the web!

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A New Media Picker for the iOS WordPress App

A New Media Picker for the iOS WordPress App

A New Media Picker for the iOS WordPress App

Sometimes it’s the extra touches that make all the difference; on your website, that’s the photos and video that give your content life.

You asked for streamlined access to your media library and the camera and photos on your device, to make uploading and inserting photos and videos easier. We hear you loud and clear! A freshly-updated media picker is now available in version 8.5 of the WordPress app for iOS.

What’s New

The new media picker was designed to allow quicker access to your media right from the new Aztec editor. Now you can insert videos and photos without leaving the editor. Click the plus sign — just like in the desktop editor:


The picker’s toolbar has buttons that provide full screen access to media already on your device, the camera, and your site’s media library.


Whether you need to insert a photo you’ve already uploaded, capture a new video with your camera, or peruse all the special moments already on your device to find the perfect pic, you’re covered.

Open Source and Proud of It

Giving back to the software development community is part of Automattic’s DNA. That’s why our Android and iOS apps are 100% open source and will remain that way. In fact, the new media picker is a stand-alone iOS library that can be used in your own projects. We encourage you to try it out!

Thank You!

The Mobile team truly appreciates all of our wonderful users. Our goal is to build tools to help you make your site the best it can be. We look forward to your feedback and hope you enjoy the new media picker as much as we do.

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Is Web Design still Good to Learn in 2018?

web design in 2018

Is Web Design still Good to Learn in 2018?

October 6, 2017

web design in 2018


I got this question from an enterprising young dude – I’ve edited it for brevity:

“I’ve been following your videos over the past month and I love the stuff you put out. You’ve also inspired me to get into web development.”

Thanks! And I am happy I could help.

“I’ve made a few WP sites with commercial themes, and also some small client sites with site builders. Now, I know those are drag’n’drop site builders and are super easy to create, no code needed. In fact, I did a website for a family member who owns a cleaning business (as my very first website), she went from having a very basic terrible looking WP site which she had paid a lot for a web agency to do. So I decided to whip up a nice looking site [with a site builder] that turned out nicely and quickly done.

With the rise in popularity of those drag’n’drop builders, especially for smaller businesses, do you think getting into WP development will be viable and worth getting into? Will there still be a demand for it in the near future?”

Yes. Drag and drop site builders do fill a particular niche, but a lot of companies out there will quickly outgrow them, and will need something more serious. That said, beyond just setting up the site, you can bring in other services and skills:

  • Setting up e-commerce
  • Setting up social
  • Setting up content marketing strategy
  • Custom design that doesn’t look like a template

Etc …

The field of web design and development (and WordPress) is still YUUGE …. and will be for years! But as usual, the actual things you do as a web designer, will change slowly with time. This is normal.

… Web design in the 1990’s was very different from what we did in 2001, as it is different today. But nonetheless, is is professional web design and development.

If you want to learn modern web design and development from a 20+ yr pro, check out my very popular web design course package.


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