I found several plugins (like this one and this one) to get the ability to attach a picture to a WP user. But these plugins are not maintained any more.

Since there's apparently no plugin that does it today, is there an easy way to do it manually?


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I use a plugin called Avatar Manager for that function. The author has also done a tutorial on how to write your own avatar manager plugin, but unfortunately it is also a bit outdated and doesn't work anymore. Although the plugin states it is compatible up to 3.6.1, it is still working in 3.8.1. I know at this stage the plugin is maintained as I just recently submitted the Afrikaans translations to the author, and that was included in the last version released.

Images are uploaded via the users profile page if "Anyone can upload" feature is enabled by admin. Images are stored the exact same way as any image uploaded via the media uploader, and images are shown in the the Media section in the back end.

  • Didn't know about this one, I will check it out. I've used this one before. It uses the wp_handle_upload function so the images are stored like any other media files in the uploads folder. Maybe you could add a line or two about how the plugin saves/stores/handles the images? Thanks ;-)
    – birgire
    Commented Mar 30, 2014 at 10:49
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    @birgire Avatar manager does exactly the same. Good to know there are other options also available. Thanks for your comment. ;-) Commented Mar 30, 2014 at 11:09

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