You know that little image around the “About” section at the top of the sidebar in our demos sites.. this is called a Gravatar and is actually set through a third party so that it appears on all sites that import a Gravatar.
Today we are going to learn how to remove that shadow box figured image from your Genesis User Profile and insert your own photo, as well as how to set up your Genesis User Profile.
Setting the Profile Image
First, you’re obviously going to need to choose the photo that you want to use for your profile image. This image is important because this is the photo that is going to not only show up in the Genesis User Profile widget on your website but also in your comment section when you reply to comments on your blog and on any other blogs you may be commenting on. Keep in mind that this image shows at different sizes throughout sites, and it’s typically pretty small so a tight crop of just your gorgeous face is ideal.
Once you’ve chosen a photo, you’ll want to visit a site called Gravatar. You’ll be asked to create an account (for free), and then once you sign in asked to upload your photo. Just be sure you use the same email address as the one used on your WordPress user profile when creating this account. Once you upload it and hit save, you will have to wait a few minutes, but you should see your new Gravatar appearing in your profile widget within 20-30 minutes at the very longest!
In the future if you’d like to update this image, you’ll login to Gravatar and you can upload a new image and set it as your default image and that will automatically update for you.
Setting up your Profile
Now that you have an image, you’ll want to create a little bio about yourself to display in the Genesis – User Profile widget.
In order to use the Author Bio option, you can fill out your User Profile via the WordPress Dashboard. Simply navigate to USERS > YOUR PROFILE and then scroll down to the section that says Biographical Info. This is where you can put your own personal information that you want readers to see when they first see your profile. Once you do that and hit “save” you will have the option in the actual sidebar widget to display your profile.
You can also choose to use the Custom Text option. Some prefer to use the Genesis User Profile to present a welcome message to readers. If that’s the case, you might consider using the Custom Text option rather than the Author Bio. Then you can modify that text without having to change your bio any time something is different.
You’ll also notice that there are a few other options available with the Genesis User Profile widget, such as where to send readers to if they want to know more. You can customize that Read More text to say anything you prefer; as well as have it link to any page on your site! Most tend to direct that to their extended bio or their “About” page, but that can be modified to better serve your needs and the needs of your site!