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Gravatar Google Image


This plugin takes place between the gravatar picture and the default avatar return. If an email is not associated with a gravatar account, a Google Image request is sent to grab the first best relevant face picture of this member.

When a google image photo have been chosen, the user will receive a mail with 3 links, 1st to delete this avatar if not relevant enought, 2nd to refresh it, if its email is not associated with a gratavar account, 3rd an invitation to create a gravatar account.

Also, you can add you own avatar by uploading your picture, easily !

Then, you can use a gravatar cache to keep all avatar files on your server and, limit the HTTP request on

Here comes a (french, just watch ;p) demo video, 15mn length. (video = version 1.8 !)


  • Discussion options with news
  • Avatars before this plugin
  • Avatars after this plugin!
  • New possible generated avatars (v1.9)
  • Comment moderation with 3 more action links


  1. Extract the plugin folder from the downloaded ZIP file.
  2. Upload BAW Gravatar Google image folder to your /wp-content/plugins/ directory.
  3. Activate the plugin from the “Plugins” page in your Dashboard.
  4. Go to discussion settings!


I’m a developper, what can i hook from your plugin ?

Here come the filters list:
1. “get_avatar” : from WP core, included in get_avatar() function, i “overwrite” it, it’s a pluggable function.
1. “ggi_get_avatar” : same as above, included in get_avatar() function, same place, but instead of “$id_or_email” var, i put “$email” which is more logical
1. “default_size” : triggers every time we need to get_avatar(), default is 96 (like WP core)
1. “mail_avatar_signature” : Used to change the default email signature “Best regards – Blog_Name”

Here come the actions list:
1. “baw_google_download_img” : Triggers when a picture have to be downloaded for caching
1. “gravatar_from_cache” : Triggers at the end of grabbing the cache file
1. “gravatar_from_google” : Triggers at the end of grabbing the google file

and “get_avatar_comment_types” already and still exists too, from WP core.


7 лютага, 2017
Good idea, but first start I got a heavy load system (a lot of requests, I think).. UPD: Every time.
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Contributors & Developers

“Gravatar Google Image” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.




  • 31 jul 2012
  • Bug fix when someone delete its avatar, an empty one was given.


  • 22 jul 2012
  • Bug fix : incorrect char :/
  • Bug fix : Faces was not “default” in options discussion page


  • 22 jul 2012
  • Some code improvments
  • Forgot to remove a comment in .js 😉
  • Readme file filled 🙂


  • 21 jul 2012
  • Add a new default avatar, “tyniaf.php” for “Turn Your Name Into A Face (.com)”, this is a face generator based on string.
  • Add a filter on “get_avatar” for this generated avatar, it changes “height” into “data-height”
  • Add a filter named “default_size” (96px), it’s used on the first call of get_avatar(), so this is the height/width of the cached file!
  • Add a filter named “ggi_get_avatar”, same as core filter named “get_avatar” but in place of “id_or_email”, i put “email”
  • Add a filter named “mail_avatar_signature” to change the default signature in the sent email
  • Add an action named “baw_google_download_img”, triggers when a image have to be downloaded
  • Add an action named “gravatar_from_cache”, triggers at the end of grabbing the cache file
  • Add an action named “gravatar_from_google”, triggers at the end of grabbing the google file
  • Add feature : You can now empty the cache folder
  • Change : Options > 2 radio button blocks now with more choices
  • Change : Help improved
  • Change : Much better get_avatar() overwrite with better returns and cache
  • Change : Much better baw_google_download_img() with beter resize and return + security improvment
  • Change : Better install script
  • Change : Better uninstall script
  • Fix admin_enqueue_scripts => admin_print_styles, my bad
  • Info : “get_avatar_comment_types” filter from WP core still exists


  • 20 jul 2012
  • Bug fix on some installations, global $upload_dir; was a bad idea… 😉


  • 20 jul 2012
  • First release on WP repo
  • Code improvment


  • 19 jul 2012
  • Add caching system and help


  • 18 jul 2012
  • Add the email stuff


  • 17 jul 2012
  • Add possibility to upload you own default avatar


  • 16 jul 2012
  • First try