Plugin Review: Post Avatar

February 22nd, 2009
Weekly Plugin Review, WordPress Plugins

I always thought that I was the only one who had a problem with the WordPress Upload manager. Seems like, I’m not alone. The author of Post Avatar plugin for WordPress also had similar feelings, which was one of the reasons he wrote this plugin.


This plugin simplifies including a picture when writing posts by allowing the user to choose from a predefined list of images. The image can be automatically shown on the page or output customized with the use of a template tag in themes.


  • Easy selection of images in the Write Post screen.
  • Scans images in sub-directories of the image option folder.
  • Allows the following file types: .jpg, .jpeg, .gif and .png.
  • Settings display avatars automatically or through the use of template tags.
  • Customize html output of avatars.
  • Does not display missing images.


For an example of what this looks like you can check out the author’s site and notice the 100x100px size images before each post.


The plugin includes detailed installation and usage instructions which is exactly how plugin packages should come.

Using the plugin is extremely simple. You’ll need to first set some default options mainly the directory that is to be used to find the post avatars.

You need to upload these images to this folder in order to use them in your posts. The plugin still doesn’t support this feature, but this is on the charts and hopefully, you’ll see it in a later version.

You can then choose to automatically display the avatars in your posts and / or feeds or you can manually add the code to your template file. I prefer the latter options simply because it gives you more control on where and how exactly you wish to display the avatars.

The main trick after using this avatars is the styling. The plugin allows you to either use the default styles or customize the class you wish to use as well as the HTML that will be used to display the same. IMO, you don’t really need to do this as you can use the default styles and then customize the CSS for their display in your theme.

So, are you using this plugin? Do you like it? What would you like improved?




  1. sarbartha (2 comments.) says:

    Found this plug-in useful. Lets try.

  2. Chung Bey Luen (14 comments.) says:

    This is very useful plugin as I’m manually adding image file for each of my post.

  3. George Serradinho (107 comments.) says:

    Something nice to use, will have to try and see if it works for me.

    Thanks for this plugin review

  4. Jason (75 comments.) says:

    This looks promising. I’ll give it a try.

    Thanks for the heads up :)

  5. Juno says:

    I’ve used that plugin for a long time, and never had any problems with it. So I can absolutely recommend it.

    However, I don’t use it anymore right now. Reason: while it works great for including post avatars in the WordPress ‘blog and in RSS, the avatars are not crossposted to other journals (LiveJournal/InsaneJournal etc.). So obviously I’d love to see that feature. ;-)

    I’d also be keen on being able to run two instances of the plugin on my ‘blog. AND I’d love to be able to include an automatic caption with some of the pictures.

    (Alternatively – maybe that would be even better, really – I’d be very happy if there was a plugin that let me filter the pictures in the native media library according to something other than months… I keep hearing rumours that this will be included in WP 2.8 – does anyone know for sure?)

  6. madpoet (1 comments.) says:

    The wordpress avatar plugin worked for me right away..can’t say the same for the MySpace use of the Gravatar.

  7. danny (1 comments.) says:

    i love avatars! I can’t wait to install this plugin.

  8. Suneel (1 comments.) says:

    I had been using this blog ever since I have started my blog in June 2008.

    Thanks for sharing this plugin for others too.

  9. Sean says:

    I cannot get post avatar to work! I can see the uploaded avatar in the dashboard.. but not on posts or comments. Also once I attempt to insert the required code into the single.php and comments.php I get errors in my theme.. Please help grrrrrr. I want avatars!!


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