BuddyPress, Profiles, Avatars and Gravatars
I’ve had several instances of Buddypress in testing for months, and currently have the latest versions of WPMU and Buddypress on a test server. It seems to me there is a disconnect within Buddypress/WPMU when it comes to the handling of avatars/gravatars.
What I know:
- the wpmu admin can set a default avatar to be used within Buddypress for those who haven’t uploaded a personalized avatar or are without a gravatar. This is fine, and seems to work without an issue on my test servers (although the avatar does not seem to follow the user for blogs).
- if you don’t have a gravatar and attempt to upload a personalized avatar, it ususally screws up and you’re left with either a black image, or no image, or some variation of the crop feature not working. Despite my best efforts and many others in the forum, the avatar upload/crop feature is still buggy and I’ve yet to get it to work consistently.
- i’ve found that users with gravatars experience no problems at all.
Since Automattic now owns Gravatar.com, would it not make sense to remove the ‘upload avatar’ function in the Buddypress profile entirely (it is prone to issues given different hosting environments, installed software base, etc.) and figure out a way to make signing up for a Gravatar simple right within Buddypress?
I am aware of a plugin (Easy Gravatars) that in theory at least enabled a blog owner to sign up for a Gravatar without leaving the site. While this plugin does not seem to be updated and/or currently working, I think it provides a great opportunity to fix this annoying issue once and for all.
If I’m off base please chime in and set me straight.
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