5 of the Best WordPress Review Plugins … Reviewed

Review websites (running on review plugins) have become a very important element in today’s e-commerce space. In one of their studies, MarketingLand reports that out of 1,046 survey participants, 90 percent admit that their buying decisions are in fact influences by online reviews.[1]

Furthermore, according to another survey, 79 percent of consumers trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations.[2]

Those are just two of the reasons why launching a review site could be an interesting project for you to undertake. The stats don’t lie. So, just to make this a bit easier …

Here are 5 of the best WordPress review plugins … reviewed:

1. WP Product Review Lite

Best WordPress review plugins #1: WP Product Review

This first WordPress review plugin offers a lot of great features for a free tool. You can review individual products and grade different details about them.

Each product has a list of pros and cons, plus a general description box.

There is also an option to enable user reviews and then decide if they should be taken into account when displaying the final rating of the product.

 

First, let’s take a look at the General Settings panel of this WordPress review plugin:

WP Product Review settings

These are the main settings that you can go through first, before writing any reviews. As you can see, it’s up to you to decide whether your product review is going to appear before or after the main content of the post it’s in. Also, you get to choose if your users can get involved in voting, and if so, how much their ratings will matter. You can set how many pros and cons you want to show, and you can also change the colors, the typography, and the parameters of the buy button.

Then, all you have to do is add a new post as you normally would. You can then add product review details in the sidebar of the block editor:

WP Product Review post options

This is what your product is going to look on the front-end after you’ve made all the changes.

WP Product Review example

These are the author’s ratings. But this WordPress review plugin also offers your visitors the ability to submit their own. So, before the comment box, every user will have the option to rate every feature the author has set beforehand. It’s just that you need to activate the user reviews via the plugin’s settings that I talked about earlier.

Looks like this, for example:

WP Product Review comment

The thing with WP Product Review is that it’s very user-friendly and gives both the author and the visitor a chance to speak their mind about any product.

2. WP Review

wp review

Another similar WordPress review plugin that will help you build your site very quickly.

This one offers total freedom to the visitor. Everyone can come to the site and leave a vote.

Also, WP Review calculates the average vote based on the ratings.

This review plugin is very easy to use.

 

After the installation, go to Settings in your WordPress dashboard and then click on WP Review. Here, you can set your default options. You should do so only if you’re going to use the same details for all products. So if you think most of your products will have common features, you can set them there. This way, it won’t be necessary to repeat the process for every product you list.

WP Review settings

After you set the default options, what comes next is even easier. Go to the post where you want to add your review, and exactly the same as with the previous WordPress review plugin, you’ll find specific options on the post editing screen. If your default options are not enough for the post, you can add more things in there. Also, you have the choice between three types of ratings: stars, points, and percentages.

WP Review meta box

I did a quick test with points with the plugin’s default color scheme. Here is what it looks like:

WP Review example

As you can see, the summary (you can name it the way you like) shows the average rating and a description if you want to say something more about the product. The user ratings are not there by default (they can be enabled).

3. Ultimate Reviews

Ultimate Reviews gives you two shortcodes or blocks – one to embed reviews and another to add a form for users to submit their own reviews. You can use one or both according to your needs.

 

Once you install and activate the plugin, you can go to the new Reviews area in your WordPress dashboard to configure it:

Ultimate Reviews settings

Then, to add reviews to individual pieces of content, you’ll first need to go to Reviews → Add New to create a new review:

Add new review

Then, you can embed reviews using the plugin’s shortcode or its dedicated block. Here’s what it looks like with the block:

Review block

Once you publish your post, you’ll see your review on the front-end of your site. Here’s an example of what it looks like:

Ultimate Reviews example

The free version is pretty basic, but the premium version lets you create more in-depth review boxes with more features and fields.

You can also use a separate shortcode or block to embed a form that lets users submit their own product reviews. Then, you can display those reviews using the same method that you saw above.

4. WP Ultimate Review

WP Ultimate Review is a newer WordPress review plugin that boasts modern designs right out of the box.

 

After activating the plugin, you can go to the new Wp Reviews area in your WordPress dashboard to configure the plugin’s settings.

There, you can choose which review fields to use and whether or not to enable user comment reviews:

WP Ultimate Review settings

After you’re done adjusting those, you can go to the individual post, where you want the ratings box to show up. There are some additional options, which provide more details that your visitors might want to see in a review.

WP Ultimate Review meta box

This is what the final rating box looks like – you can see how it has a pretty modern-looking design:

WP Ultimate Review example

You can also use a shortcode to embed a user rating form, if you want to allow user ratings on your review pages.

5. Comments Ratings

Unlike some of the other plugins, this plugin is meant entirely for the visitors. They can leave their ratings through comments. Using this plugin is a piece of cake.

 

Here’s the settings page, for example:

Comment Ratings settings

And that would be all. You just decide where you want to enable user comments and what text to use.

Let’s see what it looks like in action:

Comment Ratings example

In the end, if you need a nice and small plugin which allows your visitors to vote via comments, this one is very effective.

What do you think about these WordPress review plugins? Did you try any of them? Feel free to let us know if there’s any other plugin that should make its appearance on this list.

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