How to show an author’s avatar within WordPress

If you’d like to show the author’s avatar within a WordPress post, we’ll show you how in this article. While the functionality is not built into WordPress (version 3.2.1 as of this writing), you can surprisingly accomplish this task with just one line of code.

In this article we’ll update the top part of the post that says “Posted on” so that it shows the authors avatar. Refer to the screenshots below to see the results.

In this article, you will learn how to show an author’s avatar within WordPress.

Before: After:
before showing wordpress author avatar

after showing wordpress author avatar

Showing an Author’s Avatar in WordPress

  1. Log into your WordPress Dashboard
  2. In the left menu, under “Appearance”, click “Editor”
  3. On the “Editor” page, find and click “content.php” in the list of files on the right of the page
  4. Find this section of code:

    … and replace it with this:


    That’s it, you’re done! In this tutorial we placed the author’s avatar at the top of the post (for the homepage). If you’d like show the author’s avatar from anywhere else within the post (or on other pages), simply use the following code:

       <? echo get_avatar( get_the_author_meta('user_email'), $size = '50'); ?>

Congratulations, now you know how to show an author’s avatar within WordPress!

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