By default, WordPress provides several avatar types for users and commentators in your WordPress blog. These default avatars are displayed when the said user doesn’t have any Gravatar image.
Since the Gravatar has been completely integrated with the WordPress platform, you don’t need any extra plugins to configure other available avatar types.
In fact, it is as easy as selecting a required radio button and clicking the “Save” button. But the problem with default Gravatars is that they are not that attractive and doesn’t convey a person.
So, if you are looking for a good Gravatar alternative then WP First Letter Avatar plugin would be a good choice. In case you are wondering, here is how you can install, configure, and use it on your WordPress site.
Gravatar Alternative – WP First Letter Avatar
WP First Letter Avatar is a free plugin available in the WordPress repository and it allows you to show users first letter in their name as the avatar if they don’t have a default Gravatar image.
You can download and install it like any other plugin. One installed, activate the plugin and you can start configuring it according to your requirements.
After activating, the plugin works as it should right away. If you want to access the plugin’s settings page, you can do so by selecting the option “WP First Letter Avatar” under the “Settings” tab.
As you can see, the settings page of WP First Letter Avatar plugin is pretty minimal.
That being said, if you want to completely replace the Gravatar feature with WP First Letter Avatar then deselect the checkbox “Use Gravatar.”
One thing to keep in mind is that if you chose to replace the Gravatar feature, all user avatars will be replaced with the respective plugin avatars regardless of users who actually have their own Gravatar image.
So, the recommended way is to let the default setting be as it is.
Besides from using the default Gravatar, you can also use round avatars. To do that, select the checkbox “Round avatars” and you are good to go. Once you have configured everything, click on the “Save Changes” button to save the changes.
That’s all there is to do and it is that simple to configure and use WP First Letter Avatar plugin on your WordPress site.
Hopefully that helps and do comment below sharing your thoughts and experiences about using this plugin as an alternative for the Gravatar or using it in combination with Gravatar.