Like WordPress says it, an avatar is:


An image that follows you from weblog to weblog appearing beside your name when you comment on avatar enabled sites.

These avatars appear on other several places as well, though, like in the “Users” section, “Comments” section (both front-end and back-end), your admin bar, and so on.

Here’s a comment example from our blog:


WordPress comments avatar

That is a user’s avatar (Gravatar) which appears in the comments.

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WordPress uses Gravatar

By default, WordPress uses the Gravatar platform.

The users that don’t have Gravatar accounts will receive a generic one or a generated one, depending on what you choose in Discussion -> Default Avatar.

Default avatar in WordPress

Since we have selected the “Mystery Person” avatar to appear for the users that don’t have Gravatar, here’s how it displays:


Mystery Person Avatar WordPress

Remove the avatars/Gravatar in WordPress

If you want to stop avatars from showing on your WordPress website, then all you have to do is:

  • Go to Settings -> Discussion;
  • Then at Avatar Display, under Avatars, uncheck the Show Avatars box;
  • Press the Save Changes button.

Disable Avatars in WordPress

Clear your website and browser cache, if the changes don’t take place when you simply refresh a page or post.

Please note that this will remove avatars everywhere on your website, not just comments.

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