Dougal Campbell of Greek Ramblings wanted to implement gravatars on his blog but found out that all existing Gravatar WordPress plugins required the comments.php template to be edited. He decided to create a less intrusive Gravatar plugin that had its own config options page.
A few days after he posted this on his blog:
Since so many people seemed to be interested, I went ahead and coded up my new Gravatars plugin: Easy Gravatars. It’s designed to be simple to use — just upload and activate. If you want it to be a little harder, you can visit the plugin’s options page to set the size and rating for the gravatars, and even set the location of a default image, and tweak the CSS a little bit.
If you have Gravatars installed on your blog or plan to install it, you can try out this cool new plugin – Easy Gravatars. This plugin is ideal for WordPress users who don’t have much CSS or HTML coding skills or are afraid to touch/edit the comments.php template, all you have to do is install and activate. It will automatically add the icons to the comments without any other changes or editing needed. If you want to add gravatars to your template manually, then you should use the plugin from the Gravatar.com website.
I haven’t tried this plugin yet because I’m still using the MyAvatars plugin. I’ll probably try or :cry: switch to this plugin once Dougal has added the MyBlogLog functionality which he plans to do in the near future.
On a related note, most of you probably know that Automattic acquired Gravatar last week. Now that Gravatar is run by Automattic, avatars are served three times faster than before, works every time and the best part of it is that all Gravatar premium features are now available for free.