Author Reviews with Stars Rating

If you are writing reviews for products, you will need to assign the rating for the product you are reviewing. With GD Rating System Pro you can do that, and more.

GD Rating System Pro includes several rating methods, and the one you will need for author reviews is Stars Review method. If that method is active, any post you are editing will have meta box for setting up the rating.

Setting the review rating

To assign the rating value, you will use Stars Review tab in the metabox, looking like this:

Metabox for Stars Review
Metabox for Stars Review

As you can see, you can assign the review rating value, and you can add a short review subject and description that will be displayed inside the rating block. And, if you want to include information about the item you are reviewing, the Reviewed Item tab allows you to do that:

Metabox for Reviewed Item
Metabox for Reviewed Item

Display Review Rating

Once you have set up the review rating value and other review information, you need to display the review within your review post or article. The easiest way to do that is the add shortcode to your review (usually added at the very end of the post). Default settings for the review block are in the plugin Settings -> Rating Methods -> Stars Review. This includes styling and template to use by default.

Auto Embed Review block

Since GD Rating System Pro 4.0, the plugin can add a review block without using shortcodes or functions. Metabox for the post with the review, now has 2 sections, to embed rating and review:

Embed rating and review blocks
Classic Editor

If you use the WordPress Classic Editor, it is highly recommended to use the Shortcake Shortcode UI plugin to add and edit shortcode visually. Once you do that, you can configure various things, and the shortcode in the editor will look like this:

Stars Review Shortcode
Stars Review Shortcode

When rendered on the front end, plugin uses templates system that allows you to create your own templates and adjust the way rating block and other elements are displayed. Here is how ‘Expanded’ template looks like:

Review with expanded template
Review with expanded template

And, here is the ‘Full’ template showing the reviewed item information too.

Review with full template showing reviewed item
Review with full template showing reviewed item

Plugin allows you to configure how stars are displayed using font icons (600+ icons available with FontAwesome) with custom colors and sizes, image sets icons, standard CSS for styling and more.