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Rating-Widget: Star Rating System

The most popular Five Star Rating System on the web. User-friendly ratings for your posts, pages, comments, BuddyPress and bbPress forum topics.

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157 reviews
Average Rating
4 stars
4.3 out of 5 stars
5 stars
Best Rating Plugin and best service
By , for WP 3.8.1

This plugin is extremely flexible and easy to use.

Also, their customer service is the fastest I have ever seen and incredibly useful.

I was on a deadline and it was Friday night and these guys helped me with some customization.

Hard to beat!

5 stars
Great plugin, Pro is worth it. Shortcode support.
By , for WP 3.8.1

Saas-hosted ratings with great support, and the schema rich snippets are worth it in the Pro version.
Including the rating starts anywhere in a post or page is also possible via shortcode. I hope they please include a sample shortcode in the WP Admin/Settings/Ratings Widget in the next update to make it easier to find.
Congrats Vova! Please stay in business!!
:)
Live on jbQ Media Web Services

1 star
Could be awesome, but you lose the rights to your own content
By , for WP 3.8.1

This plugin could be awesome, but the idea behind it makes it fail.

Well-coded, very customizable, SEO-friendly with Schema.org - however there is one big problem: As a plugin user, you lose the rights to do anything you want with your content. All ratings are stored on a server run by the business behind this plugin - instead of storing them in your own WordPress database. Imagine the business fails or something else could happen - you would lose all your ratings as you would have no way importing them into another rating plugin. They have the power to do what they want with it. While this is basically the way to go for today's social networks, I am completely against this approach in terms of WordPress.

In my opinion it is perfectly fine to provide commercial plugins for WordPress, and it is also fine to regularly check the user's license. But practically owning the user's website's data (or parts of it) is a no-go. That's why I can only give this plugin a single star.

4 stars
This is an easy way to add ratings and top posts at the same time.
By , for WP 3.8.1

This is a great plugin, but the reason I gave 4 stars is that it has sometimes not been working consistently, for about a week. The support people helped. I felt confident it would be working again. It turned out to be a caching issue which appears to be resolved. I expect it to continue working in the future, just as it has in the past.

5 stars
Fast anf Helpful Support
By , for WP 3.7.1

We use this plugin our wp news site. Easy, fast and nice desing. And the support is AMAZING :)

1 star
you really do not want that on your server
By , for WP 3.8.1

They are collecting your data and hosting it on their server.
Stay clear. "free" is version is a joke.

1 star
Works but monthly pricing not disclosed up front
By , for WP 3.8.1

I don't like giving poor ratings and perhaps I'll consider revising mine. But here is why I rated this plugin poorly.

I don't like being fooled into giving away my email address and if you're going to price a plugin by the month and also make it very difficult to use in free mode, you should be providing full disclosure.

In order to just try out this plugin you have to agree to send them your email address to "activate." The live preview isn't actually a live preview because it would need to show you the branding that is inserted in EVERY rating on your website along with a backlink. If I had seen that, there isn't any way I would have bothered with the free version and never would have sent an email address which, fortunately is bogus because something didn't ring right with me.

Now I read the reviews and people are talking about purchasing the premium widget. You have to purchase a monthly subscription just to use the widget. So if you use it for just a few months, you'll find yourself paying perhaps $50. One MONTH is $9. So if you don't realize it, you'll rack up a bill for $108 per year for usage, unless you pay in advance. And if you choose not to use it, I don't see any way to export all the ratings you had using the widget.

2 stars
Link
By , for WP 3.8.1

Link in votes overview pop-up :(

5 stars
Very Prompt response
By , for WP 3.8.1

Amazing widget and excellent support.

5 stars
Brilliant Plugin - Brilliant Support
By ,

Tried the free version which was great but then upgraded to premium to take advantage of the bbpress ratings to increase user activity and it has already really enhanced our website.

Support fantastic for both free and premium version and Vova has been extremely patient for those of us who aren't too technically minded.

For once someone who actually seems to really care about his customers and the premium version is great value for money. Couldn't be happier.

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