WordPress plugin: Custom default avatar

A small WordPress plugin that allows you to specify your own default avatar image to use for new users (who haven’t configured a gravatar).



  1. Download the release package
  2. Unzip the package (discard the folder with version number)
  3. Add the folder custom-default-avatar to your plugins directory (…/wp-content/plugins/)
  4. Upload the new files to your WordPress server (if you aren’t working directly on the server)
  5. Visit the plugins page in WordPress and activate the plugin


Once the plugin is installed and activated:

  1. Upload a square image you would like to use as your default avatar
  2. Open the ‘Custom default avatar’ page under ‘Settings’ in WordPress
  3. Add the path to your image to the ‘Custom default avatar’ field
  4. Submit the updated settings ‘Save Changes’
  5. Now open the ‘Discussion’ page under ‘Settings’ in WordPress
  6. Select your new avatar from the ‘Default Avatar’ near the bottom of the page
  7. Submit the updated settings ‘Save Changes’

You should now see your custom default avatar appear whenever a new user (who hasn’t configured a gravatar) posts a comment (unless your theme disables avatars).


  • Version 0.1: Initial release version (based on ideas from wpengineer.com)


Custom default avatar is licensed under the The GNU General Public License (GPL), by downloading and/or using it you are agreeing to abide by the terms of that license.


Download the complete Custom default avatar 0.1 plugin package (.zip)

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