WordPress Profile Picture without Gravatar

I was recently working on setting up a site for a personal project and was surprised to discover that there was no place in the theme to add a custom picture for my user bio. I figured out what I wanted: to set my WordPress avatar without Gravatar. I’d rather not rely on a service like that if I don’t have to. But this wasn’t the WordPress avatar appearance I wanted:blank bio picture in WordPress

I hunted through my user settings page for a while thinking I had to be missing what felt like such a basic feature, but nope! It’s not there, unless you use a service called Gravatar from WordPress.com.

A few Google searches later, I learned that this was one of those times that I needed to install a plugin to make it work.  After a quickly trying a few plugins (that reduced the quality of my photo enough to cause some significant blurring), I settled on “Simple Local Avatars” as my WordPress plugin.

Using Our No-Gravatar WordPress Avatar Plugin, in Video

Check out David’s brief explanation of WordPress avatars, and why we use a plugin for it on WPShout:

Step-by-Step WordPress Profile Picture Without Gravatar

  1. From the WordPress Dashboard Menu, select “Plugins > Add New”
  2. Search for “Simple Local Avatars” (in the right had search field).
  3. Click “Install” and “Activate” on the plugin “Simple Local Avatars.” Once activated, your WordPress comment avatar plugin is basically good to go.
  4. To change your personal avatar on that site, you’ll need to edit your profile in WordPress. Select “Users” (from left dashboard menu again).user profile
  5. Click “Your Profile.”
  6. Scroll down until you see a section labelled “Avatar”.
  7. Under the “Avatar” section, you’ll see an “Upload Avatar heading.” In they’re you’ll use the normal WordPress image selection and uploading tools.
  8. To make sure your changes take, you’ll want to click “Update Profile” for you profile image (without Gravatar” to start working.

Go get yourself a cookie because you did it! We using the Simple Local Avatar plugins here on WPShout. It’s great for us, for a ton of small reasons. We find it to be a great WordPress avatar without Gravatar solution. Cheers!


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  • a305587 says:

    Great post. What would also be helpful would be to find out how to change the Gravatar picture.

    I was recently added as a guest user to a friend’s website and discovered I already had a Gravatar icon image of myself already assigned to my account. However it’s not an image I want to use and I don’t remember setting this up. What I can’t figure out is how to change this Gravatar image. If you could write a post telling us how to do this, that would be helpful. A search on Google was not yielding me results on how to do this.

    • AusWorkshop says:

      Did you try going here and logging in with the same email you used to log in to your friends website?

      https://en.gravatar.com/

      Then you should be able to simply change it here.

      https://en.gravatar.com/emails/

      Then the next time you log in to any site with that email you used (a site that uses Gravatars) you should see the new updated photo whatever you changed it to. Or simply delete the photo or upload one not of your face if you don’t want to use it.

  • Bernhard says:

    Thanks for the post!
    Just FYI: suggested plugin does not work with Elementor. However, you can set a custom author directly in Elementor, but this is for all posts, so not perfect either.

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