I was training Sifu Marc Williams of Dragon Fitness Academy on some of the new features of his website and the issue of how to change the default avatar for Status Format Posts and Commenting came up.
For those of you wondering what ancient Hinduism has to do with you websites, the answer is. . . absolutely nothing. Avatars in this case are those little icons that accompany your Status Posts and Comments on your website. They are also used heavily on Twitter, Facebook and other Social Networks, and appear in various other places on the internet.
Most people don’t realize how to change them, or the fact that they can be connected to multiple websites you visit on the internet. It’s as easy as visiting gravatar.com and adding the email address you use most when Commenting on websites and for your username on your website. You’ll then be instructed on how to upload a new avatar image.
For those of you still wondering what ancient Hinduism has to do with you websites, here’s a short history on the avatar:
In Hinduism, an avatar – from Sanskrit avatāra “descent” – is a deliberate descent of a deity to earth, or a descent of the Supreme Being, such as Vishnu for Vaishnavites, and is mostly translated into English as “incarnation”, but more accurately as “appearance” or “manifestation”. The phenomenon of an avatar is observed in Hinduism, Ayyavazhi, and Sikhism only. Thus Avataravada is one of the core principles of Hinduism along with Ekeshwaravada (One Supreme Divine Reality), Veda Praman (Authority of the Vedas), Atman, Karma, Murti Pooja, Ahimsa, and Punarjanma (Reincarnation). The term avatar is most often associated with Vishnu, though it has also come to be associated with other deities.