How Global Can We Go?

May 31, 2010 | Posted by Beau Lebens

Gravatar has always been about GLOBALLY Recognized Avatars. The Global part of that came from Gravatar being really simple to implement in almost any environment. Let’s see what we can do to make things global by being available in every language!

Previously, a few very helpful volunteers made sure that the Gravatar website was available in 14 different languages. There are now more strings to translate than ever (469 per language actually!), and so we’ve spent some time trying to make things easier to work with. Our buddies over at are hosting a GlotPress installation for us that will allow you all to contribute to the translation process online, with nothing but a web browser. All you need to do to get started is head over to the Gravatar project, log in using your account and start translating strings!

We’ve imported all previous translations to get things started, and you’ll find some nifty tools in GlotPress, including the ability to use Google Translate for a bit of a head start. Strings are also prioritized according to where they appear within the website (so that we get the most important ones translated first). If you’d like to work on a language that isn’t currently listed, please let us know via an email to support [at] and we’ll get things set up for you.

Once each translation gets near completion, we’ll get it online so that everyone can benefit from seeing the website in their native language.

We’re really looking forward to making Gravatar even more global than ever with your help!

29 Responses

  1. This is going to sound awfully cynical of me, but would it hurt to point out that Gravatar is not exactly an open standard or grassroots volunteer effort? The entire thing’s controlled by Automattic, and we have no assurances that it won’t become the next Facebook (in terms of behavior that’s not in users’ best interests), especially as it starts trying to become a profile.

    I like helping people, but I’d feel uneasy about helping with that.

    • Beau Lebens says:

      It’s not cynical Jared, it’s a fact. Gravatar is a website, owned and operated by a commercial entity. All I can really say is that we’re doing our best to create something that’s useful for everyone, and we’re actually looking at ways to make Gravatar open source (while still being useful, as the whole point of it as a service kind of relies on it being centralized). Part of this quest is making sure that all data stored in Gravatar is as open as possible, as you’ll see in the near future 🙂

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  3. Ange says:

    Hi Jared

    I do not understand your reasoning, Internet protocol and need free software but can not leave to rate those as gravatar provides valuable service. The pay is but it coexists with the Free and vice versa, I think both are needed each other to exist.Excuse my English I am going through a translator. cordially

  4. Milan says:

    It’s great that we can finally update translations! Please update page since it gives obsolete information and put a link to it from somewhere (probably developers resources).

    • Beau Lebens says:

      Thanks Milan! I’ll be changing that page in the next day or 2 to just redirect over to the GlotPress project to avoid confusion (all of those translations have been merged into the GP project already).

  5. Spamboy says:

    What would make Gravatar more useful is adoption on other platforms (Twitter, for example) vs. translations. Until Gravatars can be used in other places with more frequency, it only solves part of the problem it set out to fix.

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  7. Ahmad Alfy says:

    I don’t see the (Arabic) language 😦
    Any body?

  8. apuasi says:

    Hi, when you will make site?

    • Beau Lebens says:

      We’re still getting together a deployment system so that we can roll out some of the translated versions of Gravatar that a group of awesome volunteers have been working on.

  9. apuasi says:


  10. Óscar says:


    Why is not available?

    I have tried other domains like and and they work.


    • Beau Lebens says:

      I’ve just uploaded a number of translation updates, but I noticed that Spanish has not been “validated” by anyone yet. The domain will work, but it’s all still in in English right now. I’ll be posting to the blog to see if we can get someone who can help with that.

      • Milan Dinić says:


        I’m glad you listened to my advice, even though comment wasn’t approved.

        But before you make any announcement, you need to do something we talked about months ago via email: to update strings in GlotPress. Now that you deployed translations, you can see how much strings left untranslated, even though everything on GlotPress is translated.

        So, please, make new POT file, and upload it on GlotPress and then make announcements. Also, please review your code, especially regarding emails since they are mostly not i18n, as I already told you before.

  11. apuasi says:

    Hi thanks translated versions are awsome! But I noticed some strings that are on arent at translation file (navigation menu My account, Help menu:, on edit profile page:, on public profile page:, on change password page:

  12. rahuldesaiq says:

    I thought it will take more lots of time to create a gravatar, but amazing! here it’s in few second I have got my gravatar. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Vaidas Sarce says:

    Awww c’mon it’s already more than half a month.
    Im making few sites with gravatar adition, and I cant just say for people to go and register here while here is only english and other popular languages.

    I would wish to translate it to lithuanian. Im revisiting the but it’s not there yet. My comments also awaiting moderation… hope it will go smoother afterwards… someday 🙂

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