I tested some other plugins and they either did not work properly (e.g. only worked for comments, but not for post authors’ gravatars) or required manual changes to the theme to work.
This is the plugin that gave me best results so far.
There are a few details that could be improved, namely with regard to knowing whether the plugin is really working or not, as initially we see the default avatar for almost all users. But after a while we start seeing them being replaced with the proper, locally cached, avatars.
Also, I think the Apache rules set by default are not appropriate to recent Apache versions (uses
Order Allow,Denyinstead of
Require). Even though the installation instructions mention the htaccess file, it would be useful to see a “warning” when setting up the plugin mentioning the file, as most users will likely only check instructions if they have problems with the plugin. Being aware of the htaccess file is important, as we may need to modify it (besides the permission instructions, the cache settings the plugin uses conflict with the cache setting I had in place).
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