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Basic User Avatars


Adds an avatar upload field to user profiles inside the WordPress dashboard.

Provides a plugin for front-end avatar management for sites that what to keep users out of the dashboard. Shortcode is [basic-user-avatars].

Automatically adds avatar support to bbPress (2.3+) user profiles if bbPress is activated.

This plugin is on GitHub! Pull requests are welcome. If possible please report issues throug Github.

Note: This plugin is a fork of Simple Local Avatars v1.3.1 by Jake Goldman (10up). If you want snazzy ajax and some other nifty features, check out Simple Local Avatars 2.x.


  • Option on the user profile edit page.
  • Option on the front-end via the shortcode.
  • Option on the bbPress user profile edit page.


  1. Upload basic-user-avatars to your /wp-content/plugins/ directory or download through the Plugins page
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  3. If you only want users with file upload capabilities to upload avatars, check the applicable option under Settings > Discussion
  4. Start uploading avatars by editing user profiles!

bbPress support is added automatically if bbPress is activated.

Shortcode for front-end support is [basic-user-avatars].


I’m still having problems

While this plugin has been tested with common server setups, some enviroments could cause an issue.

If you are having a problem deactivate all plugins other than this one and then switch you theme to TwentyTweleve (or similar). If things then work, then the issue is with a 3rd party theme or plugin.

If things are still not functioning incorrectly then proceed to reporting an issue. The ideal method is via GitHub issues.


Doesn't work with get_avatar_url

WordPress 4.2.0 brought along with it get_avatar_url() that can be used to retrieve the URL of the user’s avatar. Unfortunately this plugin doesn’t seem to work with this function as it continues to return the default gravatar profile image even when get_avatar renders the correct image.

Other than this, this plugin is everything I needed. Thanks heaps!

Simply super

Simply super!I tried many different plug-ins, but it works brilliantly! I like this plugin. He eased me a lot of problems, and completed an extensive search. Thank you for your work!

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Contributors & Developers

“Basic User Avatars” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


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= 1.0.3 (5/8/2015)
* Added Swedish and Finnish translations – props dmaester

= 1.0.2 (4/17/2015)
* Added POT file for translation

= 1.0.1 (3/17/2015)
* Updated textdomain for better support
* Added plugin to GitHub for better collaboration


  • Initial launch, should be considered beta. Use with caution.