How to Add an Author Photo in WordPress

Want to add an author photo in WordPress?

By default, most WordPress themes display the author’s gravatar as their profile picture. However, authors may wish to replace this gravatar with another image.

In this article, we will show you how to add an author photo in WordPress.

How to Add an Author's Photo in WordPress

When do you need to add an author photo in WordPress?

If you manage a multi-author WordPress site, you may decide to add an author info box in WordPress posts. These author biography boxes typically display the author’s profile picture, a brief biography, and a link to their website or social profiles.

By default, most WordPress themes use the person’s gravatar as the author photo. However, sometimes you may prefer to use a different image for the author photo.

As a WordPress website owner, you may even have rules about what kind of photos you want to display in your author bio boxes. For example, you may be asking your authors to use a professional photo.

If the author’s gravatar violates your rules, you can edit their profile and upload an image that better suits your WordPress blog.

With that in mind, let’s see how you can add an author’s photo in WordPress.

How to Add an Author Photo in WordPress

The easiest way to add an author photo in WordPress is to use the PublishPress Authors connect. This plugin allows authors to edit their own author profile and photo by adding a new “Author Profile” area to their WordPress dashboard.

Change your author photo

It also gives site administrators the power to edit the author’s profile, including changing their photo.

First, you will need to install and activate the PublishPress Authors plugin. If you need help, please see our guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, go to Authors ยป Parameters. You can then go ahead and click on the “View” tab.

PublishPress Author Settings

Once you’ve done that, open the “Layouts” drop-down menu and choose a layout that includes an author photo.

Let’s look at your options.

The default layout is “Boxed”. This shows the author information in a box, along with their author photo.

How to Add an Author's Photo in WordPress

The “Centered” layout is similar to the boxed layout, but with all author information centered in the author bio box.

‘Inline with avatar’ and ‘Simple List’ are two layouts that include space for an author photo. Here is an example of a simple list layout.

An author photo displayed in the simple listing layout

Just be aware that these two layouts don’t have space for a biography. Even if the author has added a biography, it will not be displayed on your website.

After choosing your layout, click the “Save Changes” button. You can now visit your website to see author photos on your WordPress posts and pages.

Anyone who has registered on your site with the author role will now be able to upload a photo using the “author profile” settings in their WordPress dashboard.

How to Change an Author’s Photo in WordPress

As an admin, you can also use PublishPress Authors to edit any of the individual author photos that appear on your website. This is useful if an author chooses a photo that is not suitable for your site.

To change an author’s photo, just go to Authors ยป Authors.

Adding an Author's Photo to WordPress

You will now see a list of all authors who are registered with your WordPress blog.

From here, you can click an author’s “Edit Author Profile” link.

Change Author Photo in WordPress

Then just click on the “Image” tab.

By default, PublishPress will try to find a gravatar linked to the author’s email address. To use another author photo, click the “Custom Image” radio button.

Change author profile picture

Once you’ve done that, click “Select Image”. You can now choose any image from your WordPress media library or upload a new image.

Then just click on the ‘Update’ button.

Save a new author photo in WordPress

Your website will now use this new image as the author photo.

We hope this article helped you learn how to add an author photo in WordPress. You can also check out our comparison of the best WordPress membership plugins or check out our expert guide on installing Google Analytics in WordPress.

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