Easily add rotating or static testimonials to your website. Testimonials can be categorized and rotated dynamically via AJAX or on page load.
You can install from within WordPress using the Plugin/Add New feature, or if you wish to manually install:
ivycat-ajax-testimonialsdirectory to your plugins folder.
Here's the gist: you add testimonials to WordPress, and assign them to testimonial groups, if necessary, so you can pull testimonials into different areas of the site. Then use simple shortcodes or a widget to embed a testimonial in a page or post.
To create a testimonial group, go to Admin > Testimonials > Testimonial Groups and add a new group. Groups aren't mandatory, but can make it easier to segment your testimonials later.
For example, if you wanted to have a specific testimonial that is shown in the Services pages of your site, you might create a group called Services so you can easily identify them in the future and add them to your shortcodes.
Adding testimonials is easy:
There are several shortcode variations listed below, and the shortcodes can be combined to pull only the testimonials you need, displayed how you'd like them.
[ic_do_testimonials]- Adds a rotating testimonial (defaults to three testimonials in ID order).
[ic_do_testimonials group='my-created-group']- Adds testimonials from a custom group using the group's slug, in this case
[ic_do_testimonials quantity='5']- changes default quantity of testimonials in rotation to 5. Defaults to 3 testimonials.
[ic_do_testimonials num_words='X']- Shows only the first X number of words.
[ic_do_testimonials num_words='55' more_tag='Read More...' ]- When
num_wordsis specified, the
more_taglets you specify the text for the "read more" link.
[ic_do_testimonials ajax_on='no']- Turns off automatic AJAX rotation, so a random testimonial will be shown on page load. (AJAX is on by default)
[ic_do_testimonials link_testimonials='yes']- Adds the a link within the
<cite>tag that points to the individual testimonial. Note: Pretty permalinks must be set to allow testimonial linking. If you're using the default (ugly) permalinks, which include a query string, linking won't work. Not sure? If your links look like
http://my-amazeballs-domain.com/?p=123you're not using Pretty Permalinks. (off by default)
[ic_do_testimonials all_url='http://www.example.com/testimonials/']- specify a link to a page that lists all testimonials. The plugin doesn't create this page, so you'll want to add a page and embed the list of testimonials using the example below.
Note: All timing speeds below are listed in milliseconds.
1000 milliseconds = 1 second 100 milliseconds = 1/10th of a second
[ic_do_testimonials speed='6000']- change how long each slide is shown.
[ic_do_testimonials fade_in='600']- change timing for each slide to fade in.
[ic_do_testimonials fade_out='700']- change timing for each slide to fade out.
Want to display your testimonials in a non-rotating list, instead of one at a time?
[ic_do_testimonials display='list']- Lists out testimonials, one after the other in a page or post. Note: this shortcode honors the default quantity of posts set under Admin > Settings > Reading, but you can modify the number of displayed testimonials by using
quantity='x'in your shortcode.
[ic_do_testimonials display='list' quantity='-1']- Lists out all testimonials, one after the other in a page or post.
Want to tweak the layout of the testimonial list output? Great, you've got two choices and both will ensure that you don't lose your changes when you upgrade the plugin. Note: This does not work when using the widget.
testimonials-loop-template.phpfile from the plugin's directory to your theme's main directory and you can customize it any way you like. This works best if you're only showing testimonial lists in one place, or your testimonial lists always use the same styles. The plugin looks in your theme's directory for this file before using the file that comes with the plugin.
[ic_do_testimonials template='my-custom-template.php']Note, it's best to start by copying the
testimonials-loop-template.phpfile to your theme folder, rename, and edit as needed.
If you wanted to pull in a total of three testimonials from the 'rubber-chicken' category, but you don't want AJAX rotation, your shortcode might look like:
[ic_do_testimonials group='rubber-chicken' ajax_on='no']
Note: I didn't specify 3 testimonials because that's the default number, but I could have:
[ic_do_testimonials group='rubber-chicken' ajax_on='no' quantity='3']
Or, say you wanted to dynamically rotate between five testimonials in the group called 'licorice', but you only want to show the first 30 words, followed by a link that says "find out more . . ." your shortcode would look like this:
[ic_do_testimonials group='licorice' quantity='5' num_words='30' more_tag='find out more . . .']
You can drop the following WordPress function in your template files, replacing the
[shortcode] part with your, custom shortcode.
<?php echo do_shortcode("[shortcode]"); ?>
Requires: 3.0 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.6-beta3
Last Updated: 2013-6-22
0 of 8 support threads in the last two months have been resolved.
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