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I used a WP hack for displaying author's pics. For example, my single.php has an author slug which displays the author's pic.

I created a folder called authors in my theme/images folder. Based on the author's ID, I name the file 1.jpg, 2.jpg and so on.

So I call this image as

<img src="<?php bloginfo('template_directory') ?>/images/authors/<?php the_author_ID()?>.jpg" alt="<?php the_author(); ?>">

Now i'm modifying a plugin that displays the authors in the sidebar. However this plugin uses the get_avatar function, which is as follows:

                 * If show avatar option is checked, add get_avatar function to cache.
                if($jmetc_options['show_avatar'] == 1) {
                    $jmevar['cache'] .= get_avatar($tc->comment_author_email, $jmetc_options['avatar_size']);

Can someone advise me on how to use/modify the get_avatar in order to use the default code that I use?

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Thanks for the tip Chip.. i get a Unexpected '.' error in the function though – Sledge81 Jul 12 '11 at 12:40
Ok, had to remove the ; after get_template_uri.. so now that its fixed.. still not able to see the changes made. I used apply_filters('get_avatar', $avatar, $id_or_email, $size, $default, $alt); replacing with get_avatar($tc and so on – Sledge81 Jul 12 '11 at 13:02
You should comment in my answer, so I get notified when you comment. :) – Chip Bennett Jul 12 '11 at 13:08
up vote 9 down vote accepted

The get_avatar() function applies a get_avatar filter hook, that you can use to change the avatar markup:

return apply_filters('get_avatar', $avatar, $id_or_email, $size, $default, $alt);

I think this would be the correct way to hook into this filter:

function mytheme_get_avatar( $avatar ) {
    $avatar = '<img src="<' . get_template_directory_uri() . '/images/authors/' . get_the_author_ID() . '.jpg" alt="' . get_the_author() . '">';
    return $avatar;
add_filter( 'get_avatar', 'mytheme_get_avatar' );


p.s. a nice alternative to this approach might be the Simple Local Avatars Plugin.


The filter is applied using add_filter(), not apply_filters(). That was a typo on my part; fixed now!


I don't think this is correct:

P.S: Just to clarify.. I replaced get_avatar($tc->comment_author_email, $jmetc_options['avatar_size']); with add_filter('get_avatar', $avatar, $id_or_email, $size, $default, $alt);

First, you still call get_avatar() in your template file, passing all the same parameters as previous. The add_filter() call belongs in functions.php.

Second, you can pass additional parameters to your filter function; e.g.:

function mytheme_get_avatar( $avatar, $id_or_email, $size ) {
    $avatar = '<img src="<' . get_template_directory_uri() . '/images/authors/' . $id_or_email . '.jpg" alt="' . get_the_author() . '" width="' . $size . 'px" height="' . $size . 'px" />';
    return $avatar;
add_filter( 'get_avatar', 'mytheme_get_avatar', 10, 3 );
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Whoops! Updated the code to fix a couple small issues. I really must learn not to write code before my morning coffee... – Chip Bennett Jul 12 '11 at 13:09
So I replaced apply_filters with add_filter but nothing changes. From firebug, the default gravatar url is still being pulled. <img width="60" height="60" class="avatar avatar-60 photo" src="http://1.gravatar.com/avatar/782b5a7a555f8147ac91d84c53e5dfa2?s=60&amp;d=ht‌​tp%3A%2F%2F1.gravatar.com%2Favatar%2Fad516503a11cd5ca435acc9bb6523536%3Fs%3D60&am‌​p;r=G" alt=""> – Sledge81 Jul 12 '11 at 13:13
P.S: Just to clarify.. I replaced get_avatar($tc->comment_author_email, $jmetc_options['avatar_size']); with add_filter('get_avatar', $avatar, $id_or_email, $size, $default, $alt); – Sledge81 Jul 12 '11 at 13:14
See updated answer. Make sure you're still calling get_avatar() in your template file, and passing the necessary parameters to your filter function. – Chip Bennett Jul 12 '11 at 13:55
@ChipBennet Don't you have to state add_filter( 'get_avatar', 'mytheme_get_avatar', <whatever_priority>, 3 /* number of args! */ ); to actually get those arguments? – Frank N Dec 12 '12 at 16:25

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