Recencio Book Reviews


Recencio Book Reviews is a powerful and very flexible tool to manage your blog’s book review collection. It was designed with the book reviewer in mind and created for easy
and fast usage. The plugin even provides book reviewers the opportunity of earning residual income via adding their own book purchase affiliate links.
This plugin basically adds a custom post type for book reviews to your site. You can publish book reviews as standalone posts or include them in your normal posts and pages.
Organize your book reviews in any way you like. The plugin comes with some basic predefined taxonomies such as book author, genre, series, and publisher. As creating new book taxonomies is easy it’s up to
you which and how many taxonomies you want. Use listings embedded in pages to make your book reviews accessible by title or taxonomy name. Or use one of
the custom widgets to create tag clouds or top ten lists.
Of course you can use all the WordPress goodies you know from posts on book reviews as well: images, videos and comments.
Despite it’s simplicity, it’s giving book reviewer, administrators, designers and developers all the freedom to adapt the plugin to their needs. Features you don’t
need can be deactivated and are hidden from the UI. You can even create your own book review template files to gain complete control the look and feel of book reviews.

And, all of the above is SEO friendly by way of validated JSON+LD metadata for the ‘Book’ and ‘Review’ schema markup.


  • custom post type for book reviews
  • 100% WordPress theme compatibility
  • automatically fetch book details via its ISBN, or enter manually
  • custom backend to enter book reviews fast
  • your choice of a 5 star rating or a criteria-based scoring system
  • builtin book taxonomies such as, Author, Genre, Series and Publisher come predefined, but you can create whatever taxonomy you like.
  • use default post categories and tags on book reviews as well, or disable them if you want to
  • access reviews by alphabetical indices of review title or taxonomy entries such as book author or book publisher
  • include book reviews in your normal posts or pages using shortcodes
  • search engine friendly book review output using‘s review and book metadata as JSON+LD
  • choose between 4 different templates to determine how your book review should look or create your own custom layout
  • 5 custom widgets such as a book cover slider and book cover grid
  • site visitor rating system via the builtin comment form, or disable it if you want to
  • basic support of the new WP REST API system
  • have you book reviews show up in your site’s RSS feed
  • create book purchase links using your own affiliate code
  • have your site visitors/reader leave a 5 rating via the comment form
  • translation ready


  • Choose from a choice of 4 builtin book review templates, or create your own inside your current theme
  • Enable or disable the user comment rating feature. Also an option to disable each custom widget
  • Remove or add your own list of stores to purchase books from
  • New book review admin page
  • Custom WordPress widgets
  • Book authors index page
  • Book reviews index page
  • Book review post using the default template
  • Book review post showing the criteria-based review score box


  1. Upload rcno-reviews folder to your website’s /wp-content/plugins/ folder
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  3. Add new book reviews via the new ‘Reviews’ option on your site’s admin menu


Installation Instructions
  1. Upload rcno-reviews folder to your website’s /wp-content/plugins/ folder
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  3. Add new book reviews via the new ‘Reviews’ option on your site’s admin menu
I am getting a 404 page when I visit a book review

Try flushing your permalink settings. Visit Settings -> Permalinks and just save without changing anything.

How can I get support for this plugin

Please open a new topic on the plugin’s support page


Above & Beyond

This is a really great plugin. The creator has been so helpful to help me learn how to use it with other plugins I have on my site. I really appreciate it! They have truly went above and beyond to provide support!

If you want to take your book reviews to the next level, install today!


I’ve been trying all the most popular book review plug-ins and this is the one that I found suited my needs the best.
It has all the featurs I needed, has a nice design and support was far beyond expectations.

Thank you!

Great plugin and excellent support

I’ve been testing a lot of plugins to manage my book reviews collection and Recencio is the best of them. You can simply add many custom taxonomies, create many beautiful widgets and even fetch data from GoogleBooks or Goodreads. And what is most important – when I had a problem with the plugin I wrote to the developer and he answered me quickly with some solutions.
Great plugin!

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Contributors & Developers

“Recencio Book Reviews” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.



  • Initial plugin release.


  • Fixed an issue with white color stars on a white background on initial install.


  • Fixed an issue where templates stop working before plugin folder name got changed.


  • Generate a book author’s URL if one is not provided by site owner
  • Cleaned up the ‘Rcno_Reviews_Rest_API’ class


  • fixed an error when fetching a taxonomy with an error, updated to v1.0.5


  • Moved flush rewrite rule function to better handle plugin activation.
  • Added flush rewrite rule function to run on plugin deactivation.
  • Better handle taxonomy slugs.
  • Better handle multiple user added taxonomies.
  • Adjusted the styling of the recent book review widget


  • Fixed issue with comments not showing when comment ratings is disabled.


  • Moved all admin scripts to footer and added version numbers


  • Fixed an error in the review shortcodes file cause by the differences between Windows and Unix use of ‘/’


  • Fixed regression from last patch


  • Added an option to display book covers on the book reviews index page


  • Added an new “currently reading” widget
  • Added an setting page option to list ‘uncountable’ words in users native language. These words wont be singularized or pluralized by the plugin


  • Added an option to ignore articles when sorting titles


  • Add book covers to the review posts admin column
  • Fixed an issue with removing custom taxonomies from the review posts admin column


  • Add a new review calendar widget


  • Fixed an issue with the incorrect API path for the Currently Reading dashboard widget
  • Set Book Grid widget to default to 9 book for a balanced layout
  • Set Recent Reviews widget to sort reviews by most recent and fixed review count option


  • Added a book review grid index page, via MacyJS for a masonary layout
  • Merged Owl Carousel theme file with main file, for reduced file load
  • Book cover now uses book title meta, as most users don’t provide one on file upload
  • Fixed the styling of headers on the main review index page


  • Refactored the custom template functions
  • Cleaned up various classes


  • Fixed a bug in last update that was remove content on homepage,


  • Redesigned the progress bar on the currently reading widget.
  • Refactored the home page content to take into consideration the ‘read more’ tag.


  • Added new “Books in this Series” feature
  • Redesigned the taxonomy index pages to use use book covers
  • Moved index page setting to their own section on option page
  • Refactored the book description to use a filter
  • Added the post type slug to the custom taxonomy URLS
  • Removed comment rating scripts and styles from posts that are not reviews


  • Fixed a bug with CPT slug not taking a pluralized form in some foreign languages


  • Added 3 new shortcodes: [rcno-book-list], [rcno-review-box] and [rcno-purchase-links]


  • Fixed an issue in how best and worst ratings are calculated for the “Reviews” schema; thanks @kimoves


  • Added an “after review” action to use for tying in the use of additional 3rd party content below reviews