If there is one thing I love to do, it is review things. This site is a great example of that, I review product I use all the time.
So you can only imagine my happiness when Hesham first launched Author hReview plugin, just for people like me.
Not only it allowed me to display the cool stars in my review posts, but also helped my reviews rank in Google and look good in the search results page.
However, sometimes, depending on the site you are building, you may want more feedback on a certain product, coming not only from your angle but from other users as well. And now, that is possible too!
The plugin is reduced by 30% for the launch period. Use code WPR20 for additional 20% off until June 10th.
I worked with Hesham on his new review site and had the chance to dig deep into the use of this plugin, not only as an author of some of the reviews but also as a random user landing on a review and wanting to add their own two cents to the review.
Let me start with user generated feedback…
…because that is the big thing about this plugin.
When you post a review, as on any WordPress blog, visitors have the opportunity to leave a comment. But the comment in this case is much more:
As you can see, not only can you leave a comment but rate the product using the stars and give it 0-100 grade using the 4 sliders above.
Note that these 4 sliders you see in the images aren’t set as default with no option to change them. Nope! YOU set the parameters and you can set as many as you want.
Of course, to get your users to leave feedback, you need to write a review first. In this part, WordPress Reviews Plugin is very similar to Author hReview. You can display star ratings for your review, create a review summary and so on.
However, on the front end, what your visitors are seeing, it is much prettier.
And here is what you will be seeing in your dashboard – an easy overview of reviews, including your rating and the current rating generated from users.
If you have never used any of these review plugins, here are a few additional things that you may like:
There are 5 tabs with settings, where you can add detail about the review.
The Main tab allows you to rate the product, name it, write a review summary as well as mark it as paid review in case it is.
In Display tabs you will set the way your review stars and other elements look on the page.
In Link tab, you will add your affiliate link and the Author tab is reserved in case the Author of the review isn’t the post author.
I skipped Details tab on purpose because I want to show you a really cool feature in it:
There are two fields allowing you to list the Pros and the Cons of the reviewed product.
You can use HTML to create a list if you want it to look cleaner, or you can simply write it all together. Either way, this will work great for most products you review and is one of the features that should be used a lot on most review sites.
More cool things
Widgets and shortcodes
Reviews are not worth anything if they get buried in your archives. So you can use the widgets that are already included in the plugin to display the reviews in visible places (see my sidebar review widget with all the shiny stars). You can also use shortcodes.
One of the “must haves” today is a mobile responsive site, but what is a mobile responsive site with reviews if the reviews look like a mess when someone visits from a mobile device. Guess what… yes, you guessed it. The plugin is mobile responsive and instead of looking like a mess, it rearranges the elements as the browser gets smaller so the entire review box still looks clean and aligned.
Custom post types and pages
This is another feature that is yet to be added to Author hReview plugin, but you already have it in WordPress Reviews – it works perfectly with “normal” posts, custom post types and pages. It “recognizes” what type of post you are working on (yes, Hesham is a genius, but don’t tell him I said so).
Who is the WordPress Reviews plugin for?
I kept trying to think of a niche where you could not use this plugin but I am still trying to find one. There is no market that isn’t using books or products or services and in this age of people putting out a lot of crap, users tend to do more and more research before buying as well as giving more feedback on products they use.
So not only will you have a good looking review post on your blog, having the option for a user to actually express their own opinion will most likely create more engagement on your blog.
I always enjoy using Hesham’s plugins because they solve major problems for me and at the same time, I never have to worry about support or anything breaking along the way, so I strongly recommend this plugin.