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Custom Avatar Results

Tim Win

Last week’s winning wednesday competition offered the chance to win a custom avatar, and just in case some of you were wondering what the winning drawing looked like, the above image shows a small preview of what the winner received. Be sure to check out tomorrow’s competition for more opportunities to win!

Winning Wednesday #3: Winner Announced

For the past two days here at ChrisBrandrick.com you had the opportunity to win your very own custom avatar just by subscribing to my rss feed via email. Well now the results are in and the winner of this weeks competition is:

Tim from Yimto.com – Congratulations on winning, and be sure to check your emails!

If you didn’t win this weeks competition don’t forget that another contest will be held here next Wednesday, and next week’s contest is guaranteed to be a great one, so be sure to subscribe for your chance to win.

Winning Wednesday #3: Custom Drawn Avatar

Another Wednesday and yet another chance to win! Last week I gave away $50 to one lucky reader and this week I have an all new prize to give away as part of my Winning Wednesday competition!

This week subscribers to my rss email updates have the chance to win a custom drawn avatar, or caricature if you will! Just check the example below of a drawn picture of me:

WinningWednesday3

To get your very own custom avatar like the one above all you have to do is subscribe to my RSS feed via email and if you win, supply me with two photographs of yourself so my friend over at Permanent-Temps.com can draw you up. Having a character drawn up like this is great to use on your blog or personal website! The winner (selected at random) will receive the completed file within a week of sending the two photographs, and only one revision can be made to the drawn picture.

This week I have decided to run this contest for 48 hours, in order for more folks to get a chance at winning this unique prize, so get subscribing! Good luck and don’t forget once you have subscribed you are automatically entered into every other Winning Wednesday this month!

Installing Gravatar support on your blog

Last month I posted about how you should have a gravatar, a gravatar is an avatar system which will display a chosen avatar whenever you post a comment on a blog with gravatar support. So if you are a blog owner and would like to add support for these avatars then just follow this simple advice.

To begin with you will need to find your ‘comments’ template, open that up and then search for the following line of code:
<li class="<?php echo $oddcomment; ?>" id="comment-<?php comment_ID() ?>">

Once found add the following code after the line:
<?php if(!empty($comment -> comment_author_email)) {
$md5 = md5($comment -> comment_author_email);
$default = urlencode('DEFAULT PATH');
echo "<img src='http://www.gravatar.com/avatar.php?gravatar_id=$md5&size=20&default=$default' alt='' />";
}
?>

Finally, change the DEFAULT PATH in the code above to the location of a default avatar that will be used if the commenter has not defined (signed up for) a gravatar. Save your file, and now you should have gravatar support without the need of any plugin.

Get a Gravatar

Whether you just comment on blogs or run one, you should know about gravatar’s.

GravatarGravatars stands for globally recognised avatar, and as you may have guessed it acts as your avatar when commenting on a wordpress blog. Most wordpress themes include gravatar support as standard, although some blog owners do choose to replace the gravatar space with a MyBlogLog (or other similar service) avatar area. Either way, if you actively comment on blogs and want to attach a visual representation of yourself to these comments, gravatar is the way to go.

Getting yourself a gravatar is simple, its free and all you need is an email address, just head on over to the official website and follow the simple instructions. Once you have uploaded an image (80×80) which represents yourself online, you then simply attach the image to any email addresses you may use when leaving comments, once confirmed, your gravatar will appear on the comments section of any blog you have commented on with gravatar support. Simple!

If you want to add Gravatar support to your blog, or if you just want to learn more check out WordPress’ documentation here. Why not make a gravatar now, and come back here to test it? Just leave a comment.

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