Plugin Review – BuddyPress First Letter Avatar

Version Tested: V 2.2.8

BuddyPress First Letter Avatar is a simple plugin that gives a colour coded avatar based on a letter from the username of the user, for users that have not set an avatar image. It’s an alternative to assigning a Gravatar or similar. It also performs the same task for Groups.

Installation is simply a case of installing and activating the plugin, it starts working immediately. There are some configuration settings; you can choose which letter of the username to use as the avatar and you can also choose only to use the first letter avatar even if the user has uploaded an avatar image. The settings page also allows you to choose to have round avatars on your site and there are three avatar sets that you can chose.

I found this plugin worked very well out of the box and it helped make a site with a lot of default avatars look more varied and colourful, also users seemed to warm to members with these as avatars rather than the impersonal default anonymous grey avatar. I give this plugin 9 out of 10, it is simple to use and effective.

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I've been setting up and managing BuddyPress social networks for a few years. I moved from Ning and other platforms and have come to BuddyPress looking to make sites with similar features to them.


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