How to Display Avatars on Your Blog with WordPress - dummies

How to Display Avatars on Your Blog with WordPress

By Lisa Sabin-Wilson

The final section of the Discussion Settings page on WordPress is Avatars. In this section, you can select different settings for the use and display of avatars on your site:

  1. In the Avatar Display section, select the Show Avatars option if you would like your site to display avatars beside comment authors’ names.

  2. In the Maximum Rating section, set the rating for the avatars that do display on your site.

    This feature works similarly to the movie rating system you’re used to. You can select G, PG, R, and X ratings for the avatars that appear on your site. If your site is family-friendly, you probably don’t want it to display R- or X-rated avatars.

  3. Choose a default avatar in the Default Avatar section:

    • Mystery Man

    • Blank

    • Gravatar Logo

    • Identicon (Generated)

    • Wavatar (Generated)

    • MonsterID (Generated)

    • Retro (Generated)

    Click the Save Changes button.


Avatars appear in a couple places:

  • The Comments page on the Dashboard


  • The comments on individual blog posts to your blog


To enable the display of avatars in comments on your blog, the Comments Template in your active theme has to contain the code to display them.

Click the Save Changes button after you’ve set all your options on the Discussion Settings page to put the changes into effect.