Most bloggers love to review their favorite products. If we really like a product or service, and believe that it is genuinely helpful, won’t we recommend it to our friends and family? Of course we would! It’s human nature.
We’re all WordPress fanatics here, aren’t we? I’m going to take that as a yes. So it’s safe to say that we must be using some kind of WordPress product – be it a plugin or a theme or a service that we really, really like. So much so, that we won’t be able to work without it. Naturally, we might want to recommend this product to our peers. Or in our case, our readers and blog followers.
That’s why we’ve come up with this WordPress plugin round-up of the best review plugins for WordPress. Using the plugins mentioned in this list, you will be able to create eye-catching reviews in the fastest possible time!
Why Add Reviews
The idea behind reviewing a product is simple. It’s informing the reader about the usefulness of the product. Basically, a product review says the following:
Hey look, I love this product and I think you’ll find it very useful too!
Reviews also provide a form of social proof. In fact, over 90% of people buying on Amazon wouldn’t purchase an item with less than three stars.
But the ultimate purpose of a review is to get someone to buy the product you’re recommending. That’s strictly from a marketing standpoint. A review must be unbiased. It should weigh pros and cons of the product.
No product is perfect – every new one is an improvement over its predecessor
Now that we’ve taken a short course on Reviewing Products 101, let’s dig into the plugin list.
1. WP Review
WP Review is a customizable, lightweight plugin to add a review to your WordPress site. It can add a review in three ways: star, point and percent.
At any point of time, you can shift from one to another by changing the settings in the plugin’s setting page. The ratings can display before or after the content, and with the help of a shortcode, right within the content. You can change colors site wide or on a post by post basis. As and when a user clicks to rate, the average is automatically computed and displays along with the number of votes. Users have an option to leave their own reviews, and you can opt whether or not to display those reviews below your own review.
Finally, the plugin is developer friendly with a number of filters to blend with the display with your theme. When it comes to support, it’s free for registered users of the plugin. Other features:
- Easy customization (change colors, fonts, etc) via direct CSS modification
- Responsive design
- Support for rich snippets
- Multiple rating systems
2. Taqyeem WordPress Ratings & Reviews
Developed by CodeCanyon Elite author TieLabs, Taqyeem is one of the best review plugins at a sub 20 USD price. This plugin adds a review box to all posts, pages and even custom post types. You can style the review box with unlimited colors and typography options (with Google Web Fonts) – to reflect your WordPress theme’s design. Other interesting features include:
- Support for rich snippets
- 3 Widgets: Best, Recent and Random Reviews
- 3 Review Styles: Stars, Points and Percentage
3. WP Product Review
WP Product Review is available as free plugin you can grab from the WordPress repository. You can display the review box just about anywhere you want using shortcodes. Not only that, you can add as many reviews as you want in the same page. The review table itself can be customized for color, width and border, so that it fits in with your theme. Over ten different icons such as stars and hearts are available to record a vote. If you wish to include a comparison table for the products, that’s possible too. The plugin automatically generates comparison tables from existing reviews.
If you’re selling on Amazon, you’ll be glad of the plugin’s integration with the platform. It automatically transfers the product name, image, affiliate link and price from Amazon. Moreover, if you’ve built up reviews elsewhere previously, you can import those reviews into your website. The plugin also ports an impressive array of features, including:
- Global display customization and custom icons
- Preloader functionality for improved user experience
- Pros and Cons comparison list
- Shortcode support
- A “Download Now” or a direct CTA button
4. Let’s Review
Let’s Review is a responsive premium WordPress review plugin created to added rated reviews to your posts. Hand made by the established Envato Elite author Cubell this plugin is full of great features for any blog. Let’s Review allows you to add unique and expertly designed review boxes in your posts and custom posts.
Some of the unique features of the Let’s Review plugin is the ability to choose from multiple modern designs, add unlimited criteria, pros, cons and affiliate buttons to each review box. With these features and more you can create custom looking review boxes that match the design of your website.
The affiliate option is particularly interesting as you can finally monetize your reviews without looking spammy, thanks to thoughtful and beautifully designed buttons with unique animation effects. This way when you share a product or service you love with your readers you can use your affiliate link right in your review box.
You can also set global default options to save you time and the clean html output also includes Rich Snippets markup to improve click through rate from search engine results.
5. Rich Reviews
Rich Reviews is a completely free WordPress review plugin, with an interesting list of features. The plugin is built with support for shortcodes – which means you can practically display the review in any section of your site, which supports shortcodes such as posts, pages, footer or any widgetized area. The plugin allows you to moderate submissions and choose which reviews to publish/show in each product’s review page.
6. WP ULike
If you’re looking for one of the best and fastest ways to add like and dislike functionality to your WordPress website, then the WP ULike plugin is for you! WP ULike is a FREE WordPress plugin that will allow your website visitors to engage with your wide range of content types including posts, forum topics and replies, comments and activity updates.
Also WP ULike’s amazing statistics tools help you to track your content effectiveness with a real-time report system and detailed statistics. What’s more, WP ULike have a wide variety of options available to customize your plugin. It will allow you to customize your like button in your favorite style.
This plugin is suitable for those with showcase sites as well as for business and personal portfolios where you can provide your users to vote on your work and products.
WP ULike provides a bunch of awesome features for BuddyPress, bbPress and a number of other plugins users So you can use this plugin everywhere without any worry about feature compatibility.
WP ULike is now available in more than 35 languages to download, and it’s FREE!
7. Rating Widget Star Review System
Rating-Widget adds a Five Star Review System on site. Users simply have to click on the stars to let others know what they think about any post, page, custom post type, comment or review. You can embed thumb & star ratings into your posts, pages or comments, and customize and manage ratings from within your WordPress dashboard.
The star ratings are fully customizable, support major browsers and many languages. You can create unlimited thumb & star ratings and collect unlimited votes. The plugin includes a widget that you can place in your sidebar to display top rated posts, pages and comments. Add-ons are available to display tweets and shares
8. YASR Yet Another Stars Rating
Yet Another Stars Rating (YASR) is a new system review based on jquery plugin RateIT. The plugin helps you add ratings in two different ways – you can add your own rating as well as enable your visitors to vote.
You can even create multiple sets if you want visitors to vote on different aspects of a product individually. Review scores or visitor ratings will be indexed by search engines through snippets.
With WP-PostRatings, there are many ways to display votes such as stars, thumbs, ticks, hearts, numbers and more. Setting up the plugin can get a bit technical.
With a bit of code you can display the ratings on all posts or on selected posts. The Manage Ratings option lets you view the ratings. The plugin can display the Highest Rated Posts, Most Rated Posts, Lowest Rating and Highest rating.
10. Site Reviews
Site Reviews allows readers to rate your posts using a standard 5-star system. The plugin is quick and easy to get started with – you quite literally just install it and you’re ready to go. There are options ot enable review approval, blockchain validation, require login or add notifications. As well as customizations for the reviews display (excerpts, avatars, etc), submissions form, Schema markup (for SEO), and translations.
Other notable plugin features include spam filters, multisite support (which is great if you host your site reviews on a separate subdomain), review responses, built-in templates, easy to use widgets and shortcodes and the ability to backup and restore.
Bonus: Display Your Reviews from Third Party Sites
Did you know that you can also integrate reviews from third party review sites? Plugins such as the Google Reviews Widget, Google Places Reviews or Yelp Widget Pro allow you to pull real customer ratings and reviews and display them on your website. Help from these plugins and services can become an important part of your marketing efforts.
In order to create a clean and organized review of a product, it is necessary that we follow a fixed order. The way you review the product – for example the images and feature comparison lists that you use, can be unique to your site. Add a personal touch, if you will. But you must have a consistent format in all your reviews. Not only does this keeps your site organized, it also speaks volumes about your attention to detail. As a result, your readership will increase.
As always, we would love your input. What’s your favorite WordPress review plugin? Did we miss it? Let us know in the comments below!