Add electronic “business cards” to comments
One way you can help build blogger community on your WordPress site is by incorporating the Gravatar Hovercards feature through Jetpack. This allows commentators, readers and you to find out a bit more about each other by showing a “pop-up business card of your users’ gravatar profiles in comments.”
What’s a Hovercard?
“Hovercards enhance plain Gravatar images with information about a person: name, bio, pictures, their contact info, and other services. To see hovercards, look at any blog post on your blog that has comments. If the commenter has a hovercard associated with their gravatar, mouse over their image and the hovercard will appear. To turn hovercards off, click the Deactivate button above” (Information from Jetpack).
1) Activate and configure the Gravatar Hovercards feature within the Jetpack dashboard.
2) You will be redirected to the “Avatars” section of your Discussion Settings. Here you can choose your various options (make sure you have both “show Avatars” and “view people’s profiles when you mouse over their Gravatars”–after all, if you don’t, then there’s no reason to activate this feature at all). The other customizations include: the maximum rating level and what you would like the default gravatar to look like, in the case that a commentator doesn’t have one set up.
3) Also use this opportunity to view your gravatar; you can see what your profile will look like when you mouse over your gravatar (still within the Discussion Settings). Don’t like what you see? Click on “view complete profile” to be redirected to the gravatar site. There you can log in (or set up a new account if you don’t have one already) and customize what others will see.
4) Save and see what it looks like on the front side of your blog or site; when you hover over a gravatar, it should look similar to the snapshot below. Or, try it out below by commenting and seeing what pops up for your gravatar and profile!
Be sure to read up on using Jetpack’s many features by checking out the comprehensive overview of the WordPress Jetpack plugin and a summary of ALL of the available features.
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