We are all familiar with profile images that appear beside our name on sites like Facebook. These thumbnail images allow other users to identify us, and they seem to create a friendly and personal interaction. Comment images have become a convention. Many websites and blogs have realized that adding a suitable plugin that supports comment images is beneficial for both their users’ experience and their own interests. Excluding the fact that it is always nice to see the person behind the words, whether it is the author or the commenter, it also simplifies procedures. Administrators do not have to manage users’ accounts for their commenters and worry about security measures, and users do not have to register for every site and upload different avatar pictures; they can manage and edit their profile to suit multiple sites.
Comment Image Plugins and Web Services
Gravatar is an abbreviation of Globally Recognized avatar; Avatar is a graphical representation of a user.
Gravatar is a web service that allows users to store their own unique image file, which is associated with their e-mail address. The image follows the user on the net and appears beside the name whenever the user comments or posts articles and such. WordPress sites integrate Gravatar plugin by default, but there are many other websites and content management systems that install this simple and efficient plugin.
OpenID lets you create your virtual identity that can be shared with websites you visit. This web service allows you to skip registration procedures and to avoid creating multiple passwords and usernames. It shares only the details you choose to expose such as image, name, e-mail address etc. It also minimizes security risks, since you do not really share your password with any site but your OpenID provider, who is usually dedicated to protecting its users’ identity. Many users already have an OpenID thanks to their accounts on services such as Google, Yahoo, flickr, Blogger, orange and other popular providers.
If you own a blog or a website you consider adding an OpenID; it enables you to authenticate user comments without them having to register or have a Google Account.
Disqus Company is focused on improving discussions on the internet. The Disqus platform can be integrated in almost any website within a few simple steps. As a site or blog owner there are many benefits in using Disqus platform. It engages visitors, drives traffic via interconnected Disqus platform, allows commenters to upload images and videos, enables easy data access and full backups, very simple social sharing and much more.
Users may register Disqus as a commenter account, which enables them to track comments, manage account notification and follow other users. Your private Disqus profile will be used on any website that employs the Disqus platform. The profile may be manually edited or may be pulled from your Facebook profile or any other method you use to login to Disqus. One of the profile features is a customizable avatar picture, which actually uses Gravatar plugin.