How to change my thumbnail picture that auto fills for WordPress blog posts

Someone recently sent me an email asking me the following question, and I thought I would share the answer here.

“I’m hoping you can point me in the right direction about where to look to change my thumbnail picture that auto fills on one of your client’s WordPress blog when I post a response?”

Sidenote: This is one part of a series of articles providing basic instructions for using WordPress. To start at the beginning, or view the full index of articles in this series, go to A Simple WordPress User Guide for Beginners. And to view a playlist on YouTube with all of the below videos, you can go here: WordPress Video Tutorials.

The Answer

Those images are called avatars, and on a website powered by WordPress, you assign a photo to your email address by going to  There you can assign an image to your email address, or assign multiple images to different email addresses if you have several email address, like I do.  Since WordPress powers more websites than any other platform in the world right now, that is a lot of website blogs.

It is pretty quick to set-up and sometimes takes a little time for your gravatar to show up, but it should within 2 or 3 days from my experience.  I also recommend using a .png image file over a .jpg as I had issues with JPGs when I was last adding images, but that may have changed by now.  Not a big deal, just a preference.

If that helped, or you have something to add to my explanation, please share below, and see if your gravatar shows up.

Happy commenting.

3 Responses to How to change my thumbnail picture that auto fills for WordPress blog posts

  1. Mo November 9, 2016 at 2:08 am #

    Thank you! i changed my image in around 1 minute. Just waiting for it to show up now.

  2. Nikki September 15, 2012 at 4:01 am #

    I’ve been wondering why the same picture shows up whenever I’m posting a response on websites and tried changing settings on my email accounts. Big thanks for this! 🙂

    I hope it’ll work. 😀

    • David Tierney September 15, 2012 at 1:29 pm #

      I hope it works also. Glad to know this helped you.

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