Searching for a WordPress review plugin can be a big decision when developing a review style site. People have come to trust reviews online. Sometimes it can be the deciding factor when deciding to use a product or service. I’m not going to go into the specific facts on how important user reviews actually sway customers choices. But, just know that it makes a big impact. Below I will write about review plugins for WordPress. Hopefully, it helps you in deciding which one you want to use.
Reviewer is a plugin that I actually use on tbwhs.com. I use it on my web hosting reviews section. With Reviewer, you can customize the criteria that you want people to rate on. It comes with 9 fully customizable themes displaying your reviews. Also, you can create your own template from scratch, too.
Reviewer allows you to create a shortcode and displays your reviews anywhere on your site. You can list the pros and cons, a comparison table has a review widget, and uses Google Rich Snippet integration. This plugin does cost $25 (one time) fee. I have written a full review on Reviewer which tells more about the features of this rating plugin.
WP Review is a very popular rating plugin. It’s offered on MyThemeShop. There are three different ways to display reviews; stars, points, and percentages. You can use an unlimited amount of colors, insert shortcodes, rich snippets, user comment ratings, CSS animated reviews, thumbnails, fluid design, tabbed widget, and works with WP Multisite.
With WP Review you don’t need to know any coding. The user interface is very straightforward and easy to use. This rating plugin has been installed on 50,000 websites. There is a free version of this plugin. Also, there is a pro version ($39).
WP Reviews is another WordPress rating plugin. It is developed by the same developers that created Author hReview. It has more advanced features that a lot of bloggers and affiliate marketers are using today. You can place your product image, editor rating, user ratings, review criteria, review details, summary, and link.
It’s fully integrated with Google Riche Snippets, too. This is a premium plugin. WP Reviews cost $69/year (single site), $139/year (multi-site), and $199/year (unlimited). There are also add-ons which you can purchase separately.
GD Rating System
GD Rating System was called GD Star Rating. But, this plugin has been totally revamped. It’s nothing like the old plugin, thankfully. It uses a modular structure with add-ons for more rating methods. GD Rating System uses templates which override your existing templates.
You can integrate:
- Different rating methods.
- Various admins.
- Widget rating.
- Import from WP PostRatings, Yet Another Stars Rating, KK Star Ratings.
It’s a free plugin, but there is a premium version, too. The pro version has more features and costs $35/year (1 site), $70/year (5 sites), and $175/year (30 sites).
WP Customer Reviews
WP Customer Reviews is a very simple single rating plugin. What I mean by “single” is it allows you to add a simple 1 to 5-star rating to your site. Meaning, you can’t have multiple criteria for this plugin. The ratings take the place of the comment field and show at the bottom of the page.
Your users will enter their name, email, website, review title, star rating, and their review. There is a box to confirm that they are a human, too. This helps to reduce spam.
This is a very simple plugin. It does not cost anything because it’s free.
WP Product Review
WP Product Review is a plugin that allows you to add reviews to your posts. It does use shortcodes, or you can use it on different posts on your site. You simply put in the product name, product image, affiliate button text, affiliate link, and product price. Also, you can list the pros and cons and write a summary of whatever you’re reviewing. It does support Rich Snippets.
WP Product Review is free with their “lite” version. However, there is a “pro” version” which does cost $75/year (single site), $149/year (3 sites), or $299/year (unlimited sites).
Taqyeem is a offered on CodeCanyon.net. This is one of the easiest rating plugins I have used. You can display your reviews by stars, point, and percentages. You can add custom criteria, summaries, title boxes, Google fonts, display widget, supports Google Rich Snippets, shortcodes, etc.
Taqyeem does cost $22 (one time) fee. There are a couple of add-ons (buttons addon ($6) and predefined criteria addon ($7). It gets very good feedback from people that have bought the plugin. Nearly everyone is rating it 5 out 5 on CodeCanyon.
Author hReview is a WordPress rating plugin that has gotten a lot of popularity over the last couple years. I have seen in on various sites, and I figured I would add it to my WordPress rating plugin list. This plugin does use AggragateRating and support Schema. It’s pretty simple to use, and you can add your name, type, author name, URL, price, review summary, and 1 to the 5-star rating.
There is a completely free version of this plugin. But, also a premium version of this plugin. For a single site cost $69/year, multiple sites $139/year, and unlimited sites $199/year.
Rich Reviews is a free rating plugin. Over 10,000 sites have installed this plugin on their website. There are some steps you will need to do before using the plugin. Then, once you go through these steps, you will use shortcodes to insert your review that you want to be displayed on your pages and posts.
This plugin is 100% free. There are no options for a premium version of this plugin. It does use Google Rich Snippets which do display with stars on Google.
Good Reviews for WordPress
Good Reviews is another rating plugin for WordPress. You can add 5 star or number ratings to reviews. Add images. Insert links. Uses Schema. Add reviews on any post or page (sidebar, too). However, users can not submit their own reviews. It’s mostly used for editor reviews.
This plugin is 100% free, though. It’s great for sites that need to add an editor review to their website.
POWr Reviews is another rating plugin for WordPress. It’s very simple to use but is very powerful. With this plugin, you can receive and show visitors comments, display them between 1 and 5 stars, use custom fonts, colors, backgrounds, adjust sizes and spacing, and this plugin is mobile responsive.
This plugin is free, but will have the POWr logo and is watermarked. There is a premium version of this plugin, though. It cost 3.19/month, $7.99/month, and $39.99/month. The price is based on how many visitors per month your site gets.
Yasr – Yet Another Stars Rating
Yasr is another rating WordPress plugin. It’s a lightweight plugin that uses jquery. Users can vote on different products or services that you specify. You can also create an editorial review. The comments or reviews are indexed by Google, too. Yasr uses Google Rich Snippets, too.
Multi Sets are support with Yasr, too. Therefore, you can make different criteria in which your users can vote on. It’s a relatively new rating plugin that only has a free version. However, the user feedback on the plugin from WordPress.org is very positive. Also, support is handled on their forum. They are very proactive in helping users troubleshoot any problems they may be having, too.
kk Star Ratings
kk Star Rating is a plugin that has been around for quite some time. Over 40,000 users have installed this plugin on their site. You can use this plugin on post and pages. Google Rich Snippets are integrated with this plugin. You can easily select where you want the star rating to show on your page or post.
You can choose your own images for stars, adjust the frequency of messages and strings. Overall, it’s a very basic rating plugin. But, it is free, so you don’t have to spend any money to use kk Star Rating.
Comment Rating Field Plugin
Comment Rating Field Plugin is a plugin that allows you to turn your comments field into a user review section. This makes it a 5-star rating field. This a free plugin, but the paid version has a lot more features. The paid version. For a single license, it’s $39. For an unlimited license, it’s $89. For the life access, it’s $149. You get multiple rating fields. Display rating breakdown. Multiple styles. Custom stars and bars. Can filter comments/review by ratings. It comes fully integrate with WooCommerce.
WeReview – WordPress Review Site Builder
I first thought WeReview was a WordPress theme since its name suggest that it’s a page builder. However, it’s really a WordPress review plugin. With WeReview it has it own custom post type. Also, you can use their shortcodes to display it on any post or page. WeReview is said to work with any theme, too.
This plugin is 100% free. However, it has not been updated in 3 years. It states on WordPress.org that it’s compatible with WordPress 3.6.1 and higher. I would suggest you read this post on choosing WordPress plugins.
These are the best WordPress rating plugins I have tried out and used over the last 10 years. A lot of them have free versions and come with more features once you upgrade to a premium plan. So, if you’re looking to turn your site into a review style site, you have a lot of options.
However, I would like to hear from you. Do you have any experience with the plugins I have written about? Are there any you feel should be added to this list? Please leave your comments down below.
Manika- Nia Dixon says
This was so helpful!!! I feel like so out of my element at times with technical things like plugins and to be honest, I feel quite silly because I do not always know which are the best to use and what I need and do not need. Reading this review has helped me loads in comprehension of which are tried and true. Thanks so much!
Yeah, there are tons of WordPress plugins out there. I have tried hundreds of them over the years. Some of them can really help. Others can have conflicts and end up breaking your site in the end.
Like the previous comment, I had no idea how many different plugins there are and how differently they obviously perform. Thank you as regards this subject, it has opened my eyes a little wider.
I would need to study the differences further as technically it is far beyond my meager comprehension. To someone more advanced, a tremendous help.
Very informative subject.
Just this week I was contemplating on finding out more about rating-plugins so thank goodness I came across your website. I’m still building and optimizing my website and want to add a rating plugin I think as long as it doesn’t slow down my site too much. Anyway, your reviews have made my job easier so thanks.
Actually, Yasr does have a pro version. It’s a pretty cool plugin. They are called extension. They are Yasr user reviews, Yasr Stylish, and Yasr custom Rankings.
Ok, I stand corrected. I did find their pro version at https://yetanotherstarsrating.com/extensions/. It looks like some good stuff! The prices are very low. $9.99 for a single license and $29.99 for a lifetime pass. I love one-time fees for business related stuff! This is one thing Elegant Themes has been doing for quite some time now. Love it!
Hi Garen. This is a great list of review plugins. I’ve only had experience with WP Product Review, and it’s one that I still use on my site. I like that you can customise the colours and include a picture of the product, while also being able to state the main pros and cons.
I like how you also included review plugins that allow visitors/readers to interact and leave ratings/reviews within the comments. I hadn’t thought about including that before, but now after reading your article, it’s something I might consider to encourage user engagement on my site.
Overall you’ve listed some good options to choose from. Thanks for sharing!
User engagement is always a smart idea when developing a website. Tbwhs.com has tons of user engagement. Might really consider integrating it on your site 🙂
Daniel Powney says
Another rating plugin to consider is Multi Rating. It has a lite version on WP.org and a premium version with advanced features.
I have recently launched Rate my Post plugin for WordPress. I started working on this plugin because I wanted to have a simple rating plugin through which visitors could rate my posts and send me private feedback in case that they didn’t like a post. In contrary, if the rating is good, I thought it’s a good idea to ask them to follow me on social media.
I just updated the plugin to version 1.1.0 which allows better customization (texts, style etc.). What sets this plugin apart from other WordPress rating plugins is its simplicity, customization options, performance and impact on engagement. Furthermore, the developer (i.e. me) is also ready to add new features if somebody asks for them 🙂
The plugin is free and can be downloaded via official WordPress plugin repository: https://wordpress.org/plugins/rate-my-post/