How To Create A WordPress Review and Rating Site With One Plugin

Oh well, that may be a bit far fetched, considering that additional plugins are also essential for WordPress (SEO plugins, Anti-Spam, Security, etc). What I was trying to say here is that with just one plugin, you can literally create a WordPress review and rating site or turn your existing site into one. While there may be other review and rating plugin alternatives out there, few provide the functionality and features that Hesham Zebida of just released. His new WP Review plugin is quite cool and has tons of features.

Create WordPress Review Site With One Plugin

What Makes WP Review Plugin Interesting?

One of the most important aspects of a review site is when the overall rating is not “solely” provided by the reviewer, but rather, from users feedback. The reason for this is that the reviewers insights alone may be considered biased. Having the users provide their own views and rate the product or service being reviewed, gives it more credibility, among other things. Now this is easier said than done. Most of the time, you will have to find a specific theme that is built specifically for this purpose, or spend a bit of money for a developer to build the functionality for you.

Main Features

  • Add Google Rich Snippets on WordPress (markup)
  • Author review and rating
  • Any Visitor or Registered users can review and rate
  • Switch between author/user rich snippets
  • Works on posts, pages, and custom post types
  • Fully Responsive design
  • Widgets and Shortcodes
  • Flexible Creation of Review Criteria
  • Disclose Paid Reviews (FTC requirement and Google Guidelines)
  • And, much more…

[note]UPDATE: August 1, 2013[/note]

In addition the the features already mentioned above, today Hesham (developer), just released a new version adding more cool stuff to what already was awesome. Some of the new features include:

  • Added user only rating (now reviews do not require Author Rating).
  • Added user rating percentage and score when user rating only is enable.
  • Added YouTube video integration.
  • Added images slider feature based on image attachments via the Media Uploader.
  • Added image gallery shortcode integration.
  • Added a fix to Genesis Tab plugin, conflict in the jQuery UI styles.
  • Added an option in Reviews List widget (author/user reviews).
  • Added an option in plugin settings to display ‘FREE’ when price set to ’0.00′.

How Does It Work?

Well, instead of talking about it here, I decided to create a video showing you how it looks, works and basic setup. Sorry I missed a bit some of the other features, but I wanted to make it as short as possible. Nonetheless, you can find the full list of features right here.

What Don’t I like About The Plugin?

For now, one of the things I would really like to have is the flexibility of changing the width and template style of how the rating box renders. If you have a “narrow” content area, the box itself may not render as nicely as it is suppose to be. While it is OK on a mobile device, due to its responsiveness, normal desktop view may not be as good. Good news is Hesham is on to it, and perhaps is even coding the fix as of this writing.

That’s it! I really think that the plugin delivers on what it promises, and if you all know Hesham, he is a standup guy and will not blink to provide you with any questions you may have or help you if you run into troubles.

And here’s a bonus for you. Hesham is giving an on site 30% discount for a limited time. Want to know how to get an additional discount of 20% to total it at 50%?

Simple, the additional 20% code is…


Great, now withe code above, that’s a cool 50% off! You can get the plugin here (aff).

BTW, I did not get paid to write this post. I did however receive a free copy for being a beta tester. There you go, now disclosed 🙂


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45 thoughts on “How To Create A WordPress Review and Rating Site With One Plugin

  • I may not have wanted this plugin but we don’t always get 50% discounts, gonna have to try it

    • Pitt, you remind me with my normal behavior 🙂

      I love discounts, and I usually purchase a lot of stuff that I don’t use, but this one should be different, I hope you will like the plugin.

      • No comment. 🙂

        (Oh, THAT’d be a first, coming from me, wouldn’t it?)

        • Now that´s a surprise, lol. Definitely the first time I have seen you saying “no comment”. Are you OK? LOL

          • Why no, no I’m not. Thanks for asking.

            LOL – yeah, I’m fine, just teasing Hesham a bit.

  • Pitt, you remind me with my normal behavior 🙂

    I love discounts, but I don’t like free though! I hope you will like the plugin.

  • Seriously, i am searching for exactly a plugin like this. because i am trying to create an entertainment site for rating and this plugin might do the exact job i am looking for. Thanks

    • Seems that this plugin will serve you well for your entertainment site. Good thing about this plugin is that it gives users the ability to place their own rating 😉 Let me know if you decide to use it and how it works for you.. Thanks for stopping by

      • hi DiTesco
        this is just a perfect plugin for reviews. and most important features is it is customizable, some thing you can change from the code yourself, and it supports rich snippets. thanks for sharing.

  • OK, that is something new. I haven’t heard about such info. Thanks for sharing. it is something interesting for me

  • I picked up this deal yesterday, was looking at the original plugin for quite some time but never quite got around to buying until I saw thew 50% plus extras offer. Brilliant deal!

    The one thing I don’t like and would like to change is that the place where the user actually gives their own rating appears way down below the comment submission box, would be nice if there was a shortcode to put it in the actual post somewhere.

    Apologies if the option to do this is there but I couldn’t find it.

    Either way, overall this was a great deal! 🙂

    • Good question, I’m really not sure if there is a shortcode that will help you do that. Will check it out.. Hopefully Hesham is seeing this and come up with an answer 🙂

    • Chris, thanks for the feedback.

      The WP Reviews plugin depends on WordPress default comment system, so that’s not possible.

      I thought of having a popup type of form that simulate the comment form, so you can add a link or a button anywhere on the post (probably inside the Rating Box itself) to tell visitors that they can submit their review.

      This could be part of the update anytime in the future, not sure when though.

      • Thanks for the response Hesham, appreciate you replying.

        I think it would be a definite plus if you could get it more in their face so to speak. Look forward to any update on that. 🙂

  • i’m using seopressor, there is rating and review, but i don’t know how to make it work, maybe this plugin can helps me

    • Hi Juan. SEOpressor is a different plugin and to my knowledge does not have anything to do with reviews and ratings, but rather to help you “optimize” your content for better search visibility

  • Hi Ditesco, thanks for sharing the information about the plugin. And I really think a fifty percent off in its launching period is too good a deal to be missed. I liked your deal too, though you didn’t get paid for it but you got it for free, it got balaanced. Thanks a lot once again.

    • Haha, yeah, my deal was definitely a good one 🙂 Thanks for stopping by

  • If you’re planing to modify your theme a lot, i suggest stay away from ReviewEngine. The theme may looks good but inside is very bad coding. It will never ends. You will be working on it until the world ends. The theme was badly coded.

    • Now you got me.. WP Review is not a Theme.. it is a plugin. Are you sure we are talking abut the same thing?

  • That’s a great collection of review plugins. I was really looking for one that is less intrusive in the blog post, because I have a theme that already displays reviews nicely, but I need a plugin to generate the rich snippets. Review Schema looks like a good candidate to do the job.

    • HI Sofiya. Against all odds, if you are just looking to implement Schema, then I suggest you use Raven’s Schema plugin. I think it will suit your needs. This plugin is more for those who want to create or turn their existing WordPress site into a review site.. Thanks for stopping by

  • There are so many review plugins, i will see which fits better as i have already installed one which displays reviews better.

  • Great DiTesco,
    Another good post, these plugins are really useful for me as a Internet Marketer.
    Thanks for useful update..

    • Welcome. Glad you find it useful

  • Really I think for reviews you don’t need anything after this plugin. Will check it soon.

    • You can say that again 🙂

  • Well, at first glance on the title, I said to myself “it’s impossible to build a WP site with only one plug-in.. is it?”. With that question in mind, I decided to click this post. Luckily, right from the start, you already cleared everything though that the plug-in you are talking can literally make an existing WP site into a WP review site. Anyway, I’m a little bit curios about this WP Review plugin since it’s actually my first time to read about such plug-in. I think it’s better to try it though to see it’s potential.

    • Farrell, at first I was in doubt with that title. Guess, it does draw some attention 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and do let me know if you decide to give it a go.

  • I tried this plugin after reading your article, it is flexible and easy to customize, also it’s code is well written and fast.

  • Hello!
    This plugin looks good 😀 i will try it. I usually create wordpress blog for porudcut launch, and i must to write review post, so this plugin may help!
    Thank you!

    • If you do reviews and would like to have an affordable yet good review and rating system in place, this may be a good option. Let me now if you decide to go for it and how it works for you

  • Nice review and recommendation. I like wordpress too much that i just can stop thinking about its possibilities. It’s really a great platform for virtually anything. Nice post bro.

  • Hi Francisco Perez , I installed a low quality review plugin as i tried to uninstall, it caused a mess since it was poorly coded. So i always search for the rating before i install it. Thanks for explaining the features about this plugin. It works fine with my website

  • This plugin is exactly what i was looking for. Thanks for the share. I will be using it to write zombie weapons & survival gear reviews. After playing with it for a bit, gave me a ton of ideas for other review rating websites i could make.

  • Great review, but the links to the WP Review website are not working (at least they aren’t for me). Any suggestions?


    • UPDATE: Looks like it was a temporary glitch. The site is back up, now. (Hate that I missed out on your coupon, though — uggh!)

      Thanks, again. 🙂

      • So sorry about that Debbie.. Did you get it anyway? Else, I’ll see what I can do about the code 🙂

        • Hey DiTesco,

          Haven’t picked it up, yet. My plan is purchase the WP Review plugin this weekend. So, if you’re able to work your magic with an updated code, that would be a HUGE added bonus. Please, let me know. 🙂

          Thanks so much.

  • WP Review plugin is really good. Not only because it displays review in a sleek way,price is fair and above all, reviews are indexed by google. It has been around for sometime now, and the original developer ,softly, makes very nice plugings

  • Hi, You have mainly Focused About Author hReview. Currently I am Using Shahifa Theme that has built-in Review system. If I use author hReview then How To Disable the Theme Review System?

    • I’m not familiar with that theme, so I guess you have to ask the theme developer if that is even possible. Alternatively, this plugin works on any WordPress theme

  • Wow! The review looks cool. Am always looking for a plugin that can do this, and i guess i will have to test it out and thank you for the coupon 😀

  • This is a very handy review. If one goes in search of a WordPress theme for a review site, you quickly find that there is a limited choice. A plugin like this can provide much more flexibility. And of course, it can be used on an existing site.

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