I’m really new to webpage creation (really have to work to edit code or add things), so I apologize for asking something that will probably be obvious to most.
I installed the Author Avatar plugin, but I was hoping that it included some way to upload custom avatars for each author. My blog is about food, so I want different aprons to represent the authors. Do I need an additional plugin? I was afraid to just start downloading more plugins for fear they would conflict with each other.
No, the Author Avatars List plugin only provides ways of displaying user avatars.
The plugin uses the WordPress Core Template function get_avatar() to retrieve the actual avatar images. In order to display custom images you need to look for plugins which use/override WordPress’ avatar features and provide respective upload features…
I wrote a plugin that lets you have custom avatars throughout your blog only if your user doesn’t have a Gravatar (globally-recognized avatar) enabled. The images can be uploaded easily although they won’t stay tied to a particular author – rather, everyone who comments could have, for example, a food-related icon.