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Forced Gravatars and general feedback (5 posts)

  1. Victor Svedberg
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    There should really be an option to upload self-hosted profile pictures instead of using Gravatars. For WordPress installations used as newspaper or magazine sites the Author information with a Gravatar-picture is a perfect byline, this becomes somewhat less intuitive when you can't upload self hosted images for your staff. When you turn to plugins they all seem to generate conflicts and issues, so this simple thing caused quite alot of headache. I guess i'm not the only person out there who used WordPress for a magazine-styled site and I really think WordPress is stuck in some in-between blog and CMS Limbo. Move towards CMS and build a super-simplified alternate/client backend like Tubmlr, where you as a developer can leave them with a simple "Write a new post-and thats about it"-interface.

    For example all of the "Profile" part of backend feels left behind, who ever uses Yahoo IM? What about facebook-username, Twitter user-name etc. I think there is some re-thinking needed to be done here. :)

  2. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Did you know that there are plugins for this?

  3. Victor Svedberg
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Please refer to one, I've searched and not really found anything that seems to do this simple operation. :)

  4. Dave Navarro, Jr.
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    My question is this...

    Why does everything have to be done with a plugin? Why can't we ask that something like this be fixed within WordPress? Sometimes stuff is just outdated and we should be able to make a request without being told to use a plugin.

  5. Victor: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/avatar-manager/

    Don't mind cthulu there ;) I will point out that these are only good for logged in users. I would bet the majority of sites allow anon comments, and using Gravatar is great since you don't have to link up posts with anything. You'd have to have some user validation (like Jetpack's comments) to make sure this Ipstenu is the same as Twitter Ipstenu. Gravatar can use email for that. I don't think Twitter and FB have that yet.

    For example all of the "Profile" part of backend feels left behind, who ever uses Yahoo IM? What about facebook-username, Twitter user-name etc. I think there is some re-thinking needed to be done here. :)

    Those may actually be going away. In part becuase... well, who does use Yahoo?

    See http://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/11541

    Why does everything have to be done with a plugin?

    Because that's how it's done. You say it would 'fix' WP to let people use Twitter avatars, but that's terribly subjective. It doesn't 'fix' anything, and it creates a dependency on a separate product.

    We do things in plugins for many reasons. One is that if WP did everything, then it would be huge and we'd have even MORE decisions and options to play with at setup. The other is the 80/20 rule. A plugin is a great way to see how many people are actually interested in a feature.

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