Category: Connect

Gravatar and, Together Forever

Gravatar and, Together Forever

Did you know that your account has always been a account? It’s true.

Back in 2007 we (Automattic) acquired Gravatar. Heading into 2008 we rewrote it in PHP, and ever since then, it’s been using the same integrated user system as for accounts. Previously we handled that “behind the scenes,” but we found that it made things pretty confusing for everyone. We’ve now switched over to using Connect exclusively, which allows you to explicitly connect Gravatar and, and to use your credentials to log into Gravatar. That’s one less set of login credentials to worry about!

This is not a real button 🙂

  1. If you had a Gravatar account before, it’s actually always been a account!
  2. When you try to log in at now, you will be asked to do so using Connect.
  3. Once you’re logged into, you then grant Gravatar access to use your account.
  4. After that, you’ll use your username and password to log in to Gravatar, for evermore.

You might be wondering about existing accounts and creating new accounts, and what your options are:

  • If you have a Gravatar account, it’s actually also a account. You can use those details to log into, then grant access to Gravatar.
  • If you already have a account, then you can use that to log into now.
  • If you don’t have a (or Gravatar) account, you can create one for free (no need for a blog, although you can do that also if you like!) and then you can grant access to Gravatar to get started.

The beauty of switching to Connect is that it means your account information is all managed in one, super-secure place (, and it avoids all sorts of complexity and potential for problems with password resets, account activations, and more. We’re in the process of switching all of our services to using Connect, so you can use the same account to log into our other nifty products, including VaultPress, Akismet and Polldaddy.

There’s a bunch more info on the Connect FAQ, which will hopefully help clear up any other questions you have.