GD Rating System

Ultimate rating solution plugin for WordPress websites

Powerful, highly customizable and versatile ratings plugin to allow your users to vote for anything you want. Includes different rating methods and add-ons.

Latest Plugin Release
Version: 4.7.2
Date: 2023.12.19
Plugin First Released
8 years, 5 months ago
Basic Requirements
PHP: 7.3
WordPress: 5.5
WordPress Multisite
Individual network websites

The Rating Plugin

Ultimate plugin for implementing ratings for WordPress content, terms, users or anything else, with multiple rating methods, features and addons and more

Addons Architecture

The plugin has addons architecture built-in to allow you to expand the plugin using additional and optional (free and premium) addons.

The Dashboard

Plugin dashboard is the starting point for getting quick information about votes, active rating types and methods and much more.

Built-in, Free and Pro Addons

Pro version includes 20+ extensions/addons, with many more addons available for download, some free and some premium.

Many Rating Types

Plugin starts with a lot of rating types, and allows you to define your own types. Each rating items belong to one rating type.

Global Settings

All plugin settings, settings for rating methods and addons are available on the centralized Settings panel with easy to use options.

Settings Rules

All rating methods and some addons rules can be modified for each rating item to override global settings.

Included Rating Methods

Stars Rating and Review

Main rating method is Stars Rating (with Review method used for post author reviews) with a lot of customization options.

Slider Rating and Review

Ratings (and author reviews) can be made using custom built slider control, with a lot of settings to customize the slider available.

Thumbs Rating

This rating method uses simpler rating allowing users to give thumbs up or down rating, with a lot of customization features.

Like This

Like is the simplest rating method available, but with a lot of options for easy styling and configuration available.

Emote This

Complex rating method that allows you to create your own sets of emotion-based elements for your users to choose from.

WordPress Integration

You can integrate ratings into your website using automated tools, widgets, shortcodes or with direct integration into theme templates with functions

10+ Widgets

Each rating method adds two widgets: one for single rating block, and the other for ratings list, for total of 14 widgets.

25+ Shortcodes

Each rating method adds 3 shortcodes: current post, any post and ratings list, for a total of 21 shortcodes with a lot of attributes.


Plugin adds a lot of functions for adding rating blocks, showing list, getting various data for items and users and much more.

WP Query Integration

Plugin can be used to modify WP Query to sort posts by ratings. Same thing can be done with comments query object.

Rating Templates

Most of the things plugin displays are done using templates, and each method has various layouts for each rating method.

Customize Templates

You can override existing templates or add your own, and make changes you need to the rating blocks layouts.

Features as Addons

To maximize the plugin performance, most of the features can be disabled if not used, and they are all implemented as addons built into the plugin core.

Posts Integration

Easy to use method for adding rating blocks into posts content, for all post types, for main query and single posts/pages.

Comments Integration

Easy way to add rating block into comment content. You can add all rating methods block to place it inside the comment content.

Dynamic Load

This addon enables support for showing accurate ratings even when the website pages and content are cached using any cache plugin.

Rich Snippets

This addon will generate rich snippet based on specification used by Google to get ratings for search engine results.


With this addon, the plugin can add simple rating only results in various feed types: RSS, Google AMP, Facebook Instant Articles…

Shortcake UI Support

This addon adds support for the Shortcake Shortcode UI plugin for visual adding and editing for all available plugin shortcodes.

Sync Meta

Automatically synchronize rating data into the WordPress postmeta table. You can select rating methods and even use rules.


Read-only support for getting ratings from any rating item using the WP REST API. More features are expected in the future version.

bbPress Integration

This addon adds easy method for integration of ratings into the topics and replies of the bbPress forum, and additional rating topics views.


Developer oriented addon for implementing tooltips into the templates for all rating methods to show rating blocks or anything else.

Bayesian Rating

This addon will add a new method for calculating the rating, using the Bayesian method for better statistical estimation of the rating.

Votes Editor

Easy to use editor feature that allows you to change any vote from the admin side, currently supporting most of the available methods.

GEO Location

Get information about each vote logged based on the IP address (using external service) to establish geographic location for all voters.

BuddyPress Integration

There are 3 addons for BuddyPress integration with support for new rating types, and rating activities and notifications integration.

Votes Notification

This addon will send instant email notifications to administrator (and custom emails) when a vote is logged with additional settings and control.

Client Detection

Detect visitor device, client software, and operating system. It can control what bots visitor sees, and save various client and device information.

Dummy Data

Show the dummy ratings for posts without sufficient number of logged votes, you can adjust votes and ratings. For display purposes only.

Admin Enhancer

Add various administrators only controls for easier use of the plugin. Currently, includes WordPress dashboard widget and toolbar menu.

Rating in Rich Snippets

Structured Data or Rich Snippets are used by search engines, and GD Rating System Pro includes advanced snippets implementation

Global and post settings

Rich snippets have global settings, including setup for each post type, but, you have more detailed settings for individual posts.

Format and Ratings

Snippets can be generated as JSON-LD or microdata, and you can select which rating and review methods you can use for every post.

Snippet Types

Plugin includes several predefined snippet types, and each type has own settings, including support for rating methods and data.

Product Snippet

Snippet for product allows you to define various product information, including list of offers with prices and availablity.

Review Snippet

Snippet for review allows you to have only review snippet wrapped around the custom snippet type representing reviewd item.

Expand with addons

Search engines support hundreds of snippets, and plugin allows adding more rich snippet types, with own settings and interface.

Administration, Tools and Transfer

Plugin includes several tools to deal with data, review the templates, transfer data from other plugins (including our old GD Star Rating plugin) and more

Settings via Metabox

For all posts, plugin adds metabox that can be used to make additional changes to some of the plugin settings for each post.

List of Rating Items

Panel listing all registered rating items with overview of all rating methods ratings, options to clear or delete ratings.

Votes Log

Detailed log of all votes with options to remove and edit votes (using Editor addon), and get all other votes related data.

Transfer from GD Star Rating

The plugin can transfer all data from the old GD Star Rating plugin, including review ratings, thumbs and multi stars sets and ratings.

Transfer from other plugins

The plugin can import rating data from: WP PostRating, Yet Another Star Rating (aka YASR) and KK Star Ratings plugins.

Recalculate Ratings

If you make changes to number of stars or other settings, data can get out of sync, and this tool will recalculate it.

Review Templates

Panel shows all the templates plugin can use from all the registered templates locations, grouped by the rating method and type.

Database Status

Very simple tool listing all the database tables added by GD Rating System, with information about engine used, records and size.

Settings Export/Import

All global plugin settings and all the settings rules can be exported into the file, and later imported back from that file.

Get More Addons

To expand the plugin, you can get addons for it, some addons are free with Pro license, and some are premium addons that can be purchased

Expanding the plugin can be done with additional external addons installed as plugins. Some of the addons are free with the Pro license for GD Rating System (Code Builder, Comment Form and EmojiOne Pack), and some are premium addons available as separate purchases (User Reviews, Multi Ratings and more graphics packs).

Rating Plugin Club Membership

Or, to make sure that you have access to everything GD Rating System Pro plugin has to offer, the best solution is the Rating Plugin Club Membership. Under one license, you can access to GD Rating System Pro plugin and all the free and pro addons available. And, for as long as your membership license is active, you get access to all the future addons too.

Quick Features Overview

Here is the quick overview of all plugin features

  • Addons Architecture
  • Multiple rating methods
  • Multiple rating entities and types
  • Method: Stars Rating
  • Method: Stars Review
  • Method: Slider Rating
  • Method: Slider Review
  • Method: Thumbs Rating
  • Method: Like This
  • Method: Emote This
  • Global plugin settings
  • WP Query integration
  • Sort posts by ratings
  • Sort comments by ratings
  • Settings rules for rating methods
  • Settings rules for some addons
  • Database and object caching
  • Transfer data: GD Star Rating
  • Transfer data: KK Star Ratings
  • Transfer data: YASR
  • Transfer data: WP PostRatings
  • Addon: Dynamic Load
  • Addon: Posts
  • Addon: Comments
  • Addon: Rich Snippets
  • Addon: Feeds
  • Addon: Shortcake
  • Addon: bbPress
  • Addon: BuddyPress
  • Addon: Bayesian Ratings
  • Addon: WP Rest API
  • Addon: Dummy Data
  • Addon: GEO Location
  • Addon: Admin Enhancer
  • Addon: Editor
  • Addon: Client Detection
  • Addon: Tooltip
  • Addon: Instant Notify
  • 10+ Widgets
  • 20+ Shortcodes
  • Integration functions
  • Developer filters and actions
  • Override templates in theme
  • Add own templates
  • Main dashboard panel
  • Dashboard: list of recent votes
  • Dashboard: basic statistics
  • Admin side: rating items list
  • Admin side: all votes log
  • Delete and clear ratings
  • Delete individual votes
  • Metabox for posts and post types
  • Metabox: override placement
  • Metabox: review rating values
  • Metabox: rich snippets control
  • Metabox: extra tabs with settings
  • WordPress like about panel
  • Overview of external addons
  • Information about database
  • Information about templates
  • Export/Import settings
  • Recalculate ratings
  • Uninstall or reset plugin

All Dev4Press premium plugins share these features

Settings Import and Export

Tools to export all plugin settings into file with JSON serialization. You can import settings from that file. This way, you can keep your settings safe or transfer settings between websites.

Dev4Press Library

Dev4Press Shared Library contains code and libraries for implementing unified admin interface, reusable code to speed up plugin development, handle plugin settings and more.

Regular Updates

Regular updates to fix reported bugs, fix any security issues, and enhance and improve every aspect of plugins. And using our Updater plugin, you can update directly from WordPress.

Complete Localization

Using WordPress standard PO/MO translation system, making it easy to translate into any language. Dev4Press includes GlotPress instance to handle translations for all the plugins.

Excellent Support

One of our primary goals is to provide the best support possible. This includes an active support forum and ever-expanding knowledge base to you get all the information you need.

Secure and Clean Code

Made with best coding practices, tested for potential security problems. We are constantly working on maintaining full WordPress compatibility and the highest level of security.

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