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 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 at the very end). It is highly recommended to use 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.

Google SERP Rich Snippet

And, to make things even better, plugin can use review rating and reviewed item information to generate Rich Snippet for Google to use in SERP (there is no way to force Google to do that, plugin can generate rich snippet, it is up to Google to use it, there are no guarantees that that will happen). To configure Rich Snippets for articles/posts with the review, you can use settings in the metabox to set the type of Rich SnippetĀ and to switch to Stars Review. Only one rating related rich snippet can be found on one page.

Metabox for Rich Snippet
Metabox for Rich Snippet

Generated review snippet will include all available information, including the information about the reviewed item. To be sure that rich snippet is valid, you need to include reviewed item name, URL and image URL (product logo or some other product related image).

Rich Snippet can use both JSON-LD or Microdata format.