I’ve been working on a handful membership sites recently. One of the feature requests I get repeatedly is for members to easily manage their avatar/profile photo – a totally reasonable request. However the membership plugins don’t really offer this feature. There are some plugins out there for this, namely Simple Local Avatars, that are great but just don’t do everything I need.
There are 3 main features I wanted.
- Ability to manage avatars in the admin (wp-admin) side
- Ability to manage avatars on the front-end side
- bbPress support
Unfortunately, most existing plugins just accomplish the first feature. It’s common with membership sites to completely lock your members out of the admin, so in doing that members can’t update their avatars. That’s why it was important to me to have front end support via a handy shortcode.
Lastly, it’s common for membership sites to be using the bbPress forum system, so it only makes sense to build in bbPress support.
Check out the Basic User Avatar screenshots on WordPress.org and maybe give it a spin!
While this plugin has been used on production sites without any issues, it hasn’t been tested on a wide variety of environments, so consider it beta. This plugin is a fork of 10up’s Simple Local Avatar 1.3.x.