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I'm using user-avatar, and I want to show user icon in the post meta data. http://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-user-avatar/

I'm writing like this.

<?php the_author_posts_link(); ?> <?php echo get_avatar(); ?>

It shows only default "nobody" avatar.

If I write like <?php echo get_avatar("myemail@example.com"); ?>, then it shows my avatar through user-avatar plugin.

So if I can get the author's emails, it works all fine.

I tried to get the email by <?php the_author_meta('user_email'); ?>. But it doesn't return the email, but it outputs directly.

I'm stuck now. How can I set user avatar in post meta area?

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Use get_the_author_meta(), this function returns data, it doesn't display it. For example:--

<?php $user_email = get_the_author_meta('user_email'); ?>

For more information check it in the codex

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