This morning, gravatar.com is throwing a wobbly, which it does with depressing regularity. When that happens, the front page of my blog loads fine, but anytime you click on an entry with comments it takes forever. I was wondering if there was a better solution, and a quick google reveals the presense of a “Gravatar2” plugin.
This one caches gravatars for all the people who’ve commented on your blog, and instead of going off to consult gravatar.com when a user views a post, it does it out of a cron job that runs in the background. This means the users don’t get slow page loads when gravatar.com is responding slowly. I guess I’ll have to wait and see if it actually loads and displays them properly when that site is responding again