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updated Jun 3 '13

Simple Local Avatars 2.0 for WordPress

Add an avatar upload field to user profiles. Generate requested sizes on demand, just like Gravatar.

Adds an avatar upload field to user profiles if the current user has media permissions. Generates requested sizes on demand just like Gravatar! Simple and lightweight.

Just edit a user profile, and scroll down to the new “Avatar” field. The plug-in will take care of cropping and sizing!

Unlike other avatar plug-ins, Simple Local Avatars:

  1. Stores avatars in the “uploads” folder where all of your other media is kept
  2. Has a simple, native interface
  3. Fully supports Gravatar and default avatars if no local avatar is set for the user
  4. Generates the requested avatar size on demand (and stores the new size for efficiency), so it looks great, just like Gravatar!
  5. Let’s you decide whether lower privilege users (subscribers, contributors) can upload their own avatar
  1. simple-local-avatars screenshot 1

    Avatar upload field on a user profile page

281 Replies

  1. Hey, your plugin works from the frontend with bbpress but not with wp userfrontend why ?

    sil3rSeptember 7, 2013 at 6:51 amReply
  2. Hello,
    The user (colaborator) can´t upload image avatar
    its using WP 3.61 and simple local avatar 2.0

    GuillermoSeptember 14, 2013 at 6:26 pmReply
  3. Hello. Thanks for the plugin, but I was wondering how to prevent users from being able to select from the library. Thank in advance.

    DaemonSeptember 15, 2013 at 12:17 amReply
    • Jake Goldman

      Users who do not have media library permissions can’t access it.

      Jake GoldmanSeptember 15, 2013 at 12:23 amReply
      • Which permission has to be granted exactly? I gave them upload_files. Users can upload avatars, but its not loading when the site loads.

        Thanks in advance,


        JanOctober 9, 2013 at 7:40 amReply
        • If found the pictures in FTP with chmod 666. But the aren’t displayed…

          JanOctober 9, 2013 at 7:45 amReply
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  5. Hi
    I use ur plugin and I have a question. How can I display the avatar on post??


    RahulNovember 13, 2013 at 1:43 pmReply
    • Jake Goldman

      You’ll need to edit your theme template or use another plug-in that does so. This plug-in merely allows you to define a local avatar; it doesn’t change presentation in your theme.

      Jake GoldmanNovember 17, 2013 at 7:49 pmReply
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  7. Thanks for creating this beautiful plugin, I had been looking for how to show my picture in the avatar of my website, your plugin did the job without stress, thank you.

    Sunday AdenugaJanuary 24, 2014 at 8:32 amReply
  8. How could I get this to work with WP User Front end?

    BenFebruary 4, 2014 at 7:33 pmReply
    • Jake Goldman

      It’s not really set up for that, right now. Might be something we add in the future.

      Jake GoldmanFebruary 5, 2014 at 1:28 pmReply
  9. Dear Jake,

    Is there any way that will allow the user (logged in) to upload the avatar from the front as i do not wants to allow the user to see the back end.

    Thanks in advance.

    Aj RanaFebruary 11, 2014 at 1:22 amReply
    • Jake Goldman

      The plugin doesn’t currently, officially support this.

      Jake GoldmanFebruary 12, 2014 at 11:42 amReply
  10. Nice plugin. But if I can’t find a way to disable the rating-system, I simply can’t use it. It is to annoying .

    Is there anyting I can do?

    Daniel KorfitsMarch 21, 2014 at 12:54 pmReply
    • Jake Goldman

      Is it really that hard to ignore or just use the default value?

      Jake GoldmanMarch 24, 2014 at 5:23 pmReply
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