kk Star Ratings


kk Star Ratings has been renewed from the ground up in version 2.0.

This plugin displays a user defined amount of star ratings in your posts/pages.

It has cool mouse over effects and animations such as fueling of stars.

Supports Google Rich Snippets. Now the ratings will be indexed in google search 🙂

Inludes a widget so you can show top rated posts in your sidebar as well. Can also be filtered by category.

Custom template tag/function available

Enhanced settings page where you can adjust quite anything you may need to. You can:

  1. Select where to show the ratings. It can be on homepage, archives, posts, pages or manually.

  2. A visual button in your editor to easily display the ratings manually in your posts/pages. No more typing a shortcode 🙂

  3. Google rich snippets. Ratings will be shown in google search results 🙂

  4. Have a thousand of ratings on a single page? No worries, all will be fetched in a single request (as of v2.4).

  5. Revamped the entire frontend js (normal: 6.03KB, minified: 4.29KB)

  6. Ratings column in your admin posts/pages screen so you can view the statistics at comfort.

  7. Restrict votings per unique ip.

  8. Choose placement. Top left, top right, bottom left or bottom right.

  9. Adjust frequent messages and strings.

  10. Choose your own images.

  11. Attach tooltips when mouse is hovered while rating with colors.

  12. Change amount of stars anytime you want. Default is 5.

  13. Reset the ratings for individual posts or the entire site.


  • The general settings page

  • The stars settings page

  • The tooltips settings page

  • The reset settings page

  • The menu tab

  • The widget

  • Five stars with custom image

  • Eight stars with custom image

  • Five stars with default image

  • Single star with default image


  1. Upload the folder ‘kk-star-ratings’ found inside the zip to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  3. Adjust the settings under kk Star Ratings tab in wp-admin.


Visit the help tab in the settings to find out what you can do.


Support is CRAP!

Go look at the Support page and you’ll see that almost NO support requests get answered. I had a support request open for about a week now and still no answer. Nothing.

The star ratings appear on EVERY single page of your site and if you have a different rating system on the same page, like one where people can actually leave their own review, then you won’t receive any rich snippets on your Google listing once people use both rating systems on the same page. The star ratings cancel themselves out and Google won’t take both ratings and therefor won’t show ANY stars on your Google listing.

Placement can be improved.

It is likely the best rating plugin for WordPress out there. Easy to setup and use… but I would like to see more options with regards to placement.

Who said, it is no good to placed at both the beginning and the end of a post.

People pay more attention to it at the top, but they are less likely to rate the post because they will have to scroll back up after they read the article or rate it before reading it. When it is at the bottom, people already got what they want from the article and they don’t pay much attention to notice it. Both up to get noticed and at the end to take the rating is IMO the best strategy for results.

I would like to see that in an update.

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Contributors & Developers

“kk Star Ratings” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.




  • Fix: Google rich snippets with new vocabulary code.
  • Fix: Average calculation when x amount of stars used and changed dynamically.
  • Fix: Shortcode.
  • Fix: Styling.


  • Fix: Deprecate WP_Widget for __construct. Required for wp 4.3+.
  • Fix google rich snippets by using #Ratings as the vocabulary.
  • Update: social and sponsored links in admin.
  • Add: Css reset for star anchors.
  • Use github for managing the plugin source at https://github.com/kamalkhan/kk-star-ratings.


  • Fix: Upper and Lower boundary limits for rating. Oops, had not noticed this before.
  • Fix: Fuelspeed. Strange! no one ever complained about it.
  • Update: Revamped the entire javascript (normal: 6.03KB, minified: 4.29KB).
  • Update: Two fixed decimal points for average and percentage instead of one.
  • Update: Icon star color from grey to yellow.
  • Added: Efficient fetching of ratings. No matter how many ratings you may have on a page, they will all be fetched in a single go 🙂
  • Added: Rating column can now be sorted in the admin screen.


  • Update: Framework updated for no conflict mode with other kk plugins.


  • Added: Ability to exclude specific category(s).


  • Update: Restricted admin scripts to render in its own page scope.


  • Fix: jquery ui causing problems in wordpress 3.5. It is removed because no longer required.
  • Update: Shortcode can contain optional ‘id’ argument to display ratings for a specific post intentionally. e.g. [kkstarratings id=”192″]


  • Fix: Google rich snippets is now stable and safe to use.
  • Fix: Grammers in admin settings.
  • Update: Control whether to allow users to rate in archives or not.
  • Update: Reordered directory tree structure.
  • Added: Useful hooks and filters for advanced developers.


  • Update: Re-coded the plugin from the ground up, adding rich settings page and more features.
  • Update: Transparent stars and availability of custom stars as per needs.
  • Update: Ajax based settings page. No refreshes what so ever.
  • Update: Seperate settings tab.
  • Update: Visual flushing of ratings. No need to remember post ids.
  • Update: [s] added as a variable for use in the legend (description). Will display the s only if there are 0 or more than 1 ratings.
  • Added: kk Star Ratings now supports Google Rich Snippets. So the ratings will now be indexed in google search.
  • Added: Visual shortcode button. No need to type in a shortcode manually in your posts/pages when in manual mode.
  • Added: User specific amount of stars. Forget the fixed 5 stars.
  • Added: Choose your own images instead of the default ones.
  • Added: Tooltips. Now you can set tooltips for each star when mouse is hovered on each. You can also set colors.
  • Added: Adjustment of fueling speed of stars when being loaded or refilling.
  • Added: Set error message if anything goes unexpectidly.
  • Added: Set thank you message.


  • Fix: This is a fix for the previous version (1.7.1). The plugin was not tagged with the latest files. Now it is fixed.


  • Security Fix: Fixed a security issue in the ajax request for the file inclusion risk. This is a recommended update for all users.


  • Update: The top rated posts now considers the vote count as well. This is a recommended update for all users.


  • Added: Now you can see a column in the admin screen of posts and pages stating the ratings of each.


  • Fixed: Some users complained about a fault: “An error occured” being displayed when someone rates a post. This was due to the charset of the returned response via ajax (Mentioned by jamk). Has been fixed as the ajax response is now retrieved as an xml dom instead of plain text.
  • Fixed: Regardless of unique voting set or not, a user could click on a star multiple times simultaneously and the post would be rated that much time. Has been fixed.
  • Added: Filter by category in the widget as well as the custom template tag/function.


  • Fixed: Settings are now able to be saved. Was not being saved in v1.4.


  • Added: ability to retrieve top rated posts in the template/theme.


  • Fixed: flushing/removing of ratings for widget included. Thanks to feedback from glyn.


  • Added a widget. Now you can show top rated posts in your sidebar :).


  • Added possibility to show ratings of any post anywhere in your theme files.


  • Fixed the [avg] error, so now it will display average ratings properly.