When I call the following code:

echo get_avatar(

It generates the following:


It is adding to the end of the default URL:


This prevents it from working and always returns the default image. If you remove the extra data from the URL it works.

  • Quotes were needed around the parameter
    – John
    Aug 1, 2012 at 8:01
  • Please add this as answer, then mark it as solution in 2 days. Thanks.
    – kaiser
    Aug 1, 2012 at 11:23
  • Will do, just at the moment the system will not let me
    – John
    Aug 1, 2012 at 11:34
  • Sure, you can add an answer. What exactly does the system tell you?
    – kaiser
    Aug 1, 2012 at 12:35
  • "Users with less than 10 reputation can't answer their own question for 8 hours after asking. You may self-answer in 2 hours. Until then please use comments, or edit your question instead." - So guess just need to wait
    – John
    Aug 1, 2012 at 13:10

1 Answer 1


I worked out I needed to add quotes around the parameter.

echo get_avatar(get_the_author_meta('user_email'), '70', "'" . get_bloginfo('template_directory')."/images/default.png'");

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