Have a self-hosted WordPress site? Supercharge your Gravatars with Jetpack

August 01, 2013 | Posted by Michelle W.

We’ve written about Gravatar Hovercards before — the nifty pop-up that adds a name, bio, and link to more info when you hover over a Gravatar on WordPress.com. Hovercards are a great way to learn more about the people commenting on your site, and to share your own contact info.

But what about all the self-hosted WordPress sites? Are you stuck with simplified Gravatars if you’re not using WordPress.com?

Not if you have Jetpack installed!

Jetpack is a powerful, multipurpose plugin brought to you by Automattic, the same great folks behind WordPress.com and Gravatar. It’s a single plugin that hooks into the power of the WordPress.com cloud to bring you dozens of features for which you’d normally need dozens of individual plugins: social sharing, robust stats, proofreading tools, extra sidebar widgets, photo galleries and carousels, contact forms, image optimization, and more — like Gravatar Hovercards.

Now, when you hover over a commenter’s Gravatar, you’ll learn more about them and how to find them in other online spaces:

Hovercard

Just install Jetpack and make sure the Gravatar Hovercards module is enabled to give your site visitors the tools to create deeper connections.

(If you’d like to do even more with Gravatars, the WordPress Plugin Directory has several other well-rated plugins to enhance Gravatars — we like HiDPI Gravatar, which uses Javascript to replace standard Gravatar images with retina-ready images.)

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