Testimonials Widget

Description

Testimonials Widget lets you randomly slide or list selected portfolios, quotes, reviews, or text with images or videos on your WordPress site. You can insert Testimonials content via shortcode, theme functions, or widgets with category and tag selections and having multiple display options such as random or specific ordering.

Testimonials Widget is Beyond a Simple WordPress Testimonials Slider!

  • Carousel, fade, and slide transitions
  • Filter slideshow content by WordPress’ categories, tags, or post ID
  • Random display
  • Shortcode compatible – slide content that is rendered using shortcodes. e.g. Worpdress Galleries and Gravity Forms
  • Simply styled for easy theme adaption
  • Slide images – responsive image slideshow
  • Slide mixed content – responsively slide images, text, and video together
  • Slide text – useful for rotating testimonials
  • Slide videos – video slideshow
  • Widget and shortcode ready

Video Introduction

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Testimonials Widget Premium

Testimonials Widget Premium increases all of Testimonials Widget’ benefits and features to over a 100 with…

  • Free, comprehensive support
  • 5-star ratings
  • Caching
  • Excerpts
  • More selection options
  • Read more links
  • RSS feeds
  • Shortcodes and theme functions for testimonials count, form, and links summary
  • Use any post types for testimonials
  • User submitted testimonials

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General Information

More than one testimonials shortcode or widget instance can be displayed at a time on a page. Additionally, with shortcodes and theme functions, you can display a short or long list or rotation of testimonials anywhere you need.

Through categories and tagging, you can create organizational structures. Using categories for products, projects and services you can then apply tagging for further classification.

As an example, create a Portfolio category and then use tags to identify web, magazine, media, public, enterprise, or other niches. Then configure the Testimonial instance to show only Portfolio testimonials with the public and enterprise tags. In another Testimonial instance, you can also select only Portfolio testimonials, but then allow web and media tags.

For easy custom styling, each testimonial widget has its own CSS class identifier.

Widgets display content sans wpautop formatting. This means there’s no forced paragraph breaks unless the content specifically contains them. If needed, you can enable wpautop via the “Keep whitespace?” option.

The single testimonial view supports image, author, title, location, email, company and URL details.

As per Google’s quality guidelines, marking up irrelevant or misleading content, such as fake reviews or content unrelated to the focus of a page may lead to review stars removed.

Shortcodes

  • [testimonials] – Testimonials listings with paging
  • [testimonials_archives] – A monthly archive of your site’s testimonials
  • [testimonials_categories] – A list or dropdown of testimonials’ categories
  • [testimonials_examples] – Displays examples of commonly used testimonials’ shortcodes with attributes
  • [testimonials_options] – Displays summary of testimonials’ settings for use with shortcodes and theme functions
  • [testimonials_recent] – Your site’s most recent testimonials
  • [testimonials_slider] – Displays rotating testimonials or statically
  • [testimonials_tag_cloud] – A cloud of your most used testimonials’ tags

Theme Functions

  • <?php echo testimonials(); // Testimonials listing with paging ?>
  • <?php echo testimonials_archives(); // A monthly archive of your site's testimonials ?>
  • <?php echo testimonials_categories(); // A list or dropdown of testimonials' categories ?>
  • <?php echo testimonials_examples(); // Displays examples of commonly used testimonials' shortcodes with attributes ?>
  • <?php echo testimonials_options(); // Displays summary of testimonials' settings for use with shortcodes and theme functions ?>
  • <?php echo testimonials_recent(); // Your site's most recent testimonials ?>
  • <?php echo testimonials_slider(); // Displays rotating testimonials or statically ?>
  • <?php echo testimonials_tag_cloud(); // A cloud of your most used testimonials' tags ?>

Shortcode Examples

Shortcode and Widget Options

Please keep in mind that inheritance affects options. This means that changes made to Testimonials > Settings will not affect current widget instance options. You must change the widget instance manually. However, if you create a new widget instance, then the global settings will apply.

Further, global settings are the baseline for shortcodes. If you want to alter the shortcode appearance, then alter the shortcode options directly.

Details on the Shortcode Attributes tab at WordPress Admin > Testimonials > Settings. Alternately, read OPTIONS.

Testimonials Widget Migration Helpers

50+ Features

  • Adjustable animation speed
  • Admin interface to add, edit and manage testimonials
  • API to manipulate testimonials output and selection
  • Archive Page URL and Testimonial Page URL are prevented from being the same or matching existing pages.
  • Author field can override testimonial title
  • Auto-suggest for category and tag options
  • Automatic linking of email and URL fields via author or company fields
  • Capable of handling multiple widgets per page or post
  • Clickable widget titles
  • Commenting on testimonial single-view pages
  • Compatible with WordPress multisite
  • Configuration based validation for easy extending or overriding
  • Content truncation respects HTML tags
  • Custom CSS in footer for HTML validation
  • Custom text or HTML for bottom of widgets
  • Custom widget bottom text
  • Customizable archive and testimonial URLs
  • Customizable testimonial data field testimonial_extra
  • Customizable views via filters and template files
  • Date based archives
  • Deletes testimonials-widget custom post type entries and settings on uninstall
  • Disable self-generated quotation marks
  • Easy to configure Next and Previous page indicators
  • Editors and admins can edit testimonial publisher
  • Fields for author, testimonial, image, title, location, email, company and URL details
  • Flush URLs on deactivation
  • Gravatars saved as featured images
  • IDs column shown in testimonials edit page
  • IE7 CSS hacks for quotes and join parts
  • Image, email based Gravatar, category and tag enabled
  • Include testimonials in archive and category views.
  • Internal version tracking for compatibility checks and automatic settings update
  • Localizable via languages/testimonials-widget.pot
  • Lots of examples at WordPress Admin > Testimonials > Settings, Examples tab
  • Minimalist CSS styling for easier theming
  • Multiple paging options for testimonials listings
  • Optional commenting on testimonial single-view pages
  • Performance optimizations
  • Recent testimonials widget
  • Respects meta capabilities
  • Rotation JavaScript in footer than body
  • Settings export/import
  • Settings page contextual help
  • Settings screen for site-wide option defaults
  • Shortcode helpers on category and tag admin screens
  • Shortcodes allowed inside of testimonials content
  • Shortcodes and theme functions for listings and rotation
  • Single testimonial view includes image, author, title, location, email, company and URL details
  • Supports WP-PageNavi
  • Testimonial content supports HTML
  • Testimonial, email, and URL fields are clickable – URL requires http:// or https:// prefix
  • Testimonials archive view
  • Testimonials category widget
  • Testimonials output is completely customizable via filters
  • Testimonials slider widget displays rotating testimonials or statically
  • Testimonials support styling based upon CSS classes for category, tags and post id
  • Testimonials tag cloud widget
  • Unique CSS class per widget
  • URLs can be opened in new windows
  • Use custom taxonomy or WordPress’s own for categories and tags
  • Uses bxSlider for transitions
  • Widgets for testimonial’s archives, categories, recent, slider, and tag cloud
  • WordPress Multilingual enabled WPML

API

Conflicts

Deprecation Notices

Read DEPRECATED.

Localization

You can translate this plugin into your own language if it’s not done so already. The localization file testimonials-widget.pot can be found in the languages folder of this plugin. After translation, please send the localized file for plugin inclusion.

How do I localize?

Notes

  • Default and Gravatar image size is based upon Thumbnail size in Media Settings
  • When plugin is uninstalled, all data and settings are deleted if “Remove Plugin Data on Deletion” is checked in Settings

Recommendation

Thank You

A big, special thank you to Joe Weber of 12 Star Creative for creating the Testimonials Widget banner. It’s fantastic.

A cool thanks to RedRokk Library for the redrokk_metabox_class. It makes configuring meta boxes for your posts, pages or custom post types a snap.

Current development by Axelerant.

Screenshots

  • Testimonials Slider widget in use
  • [testimonials_slider] demo
  • [testimonials] demo
  • [testimonials_archives] demo
  • [testimonials_categories] demo
  • [testimonials_tag_cloud] demo
  • [testimonials_recent] demo
  • Single page testimonial view
  • Testimonials edit page
  • Testimonials Settings page
  • Testimonials Categories page
  • Poedit Catalog properties

Installation

Requirements

Install Methods

  • Through WordPress Admin > Plugins > Add New, Search for “Testimonials Widget”
    • Find “Testimonials Widget”
    • Click “Install Now” of “Testimonials Widget”
  • Download testimonials-widget.zip locally
    • Through WordPress Admin > Plugins > Add New
    • Click Upload
    • “Choose File” testimonials-widget.zip
    • Click “Install Now”
  • Download and unzip testimonials-widget.zip locally
    • Using FTP, upload directory testimonials-widget to your website’s /wp-content/plugins/ directory

Activation

  • Click the “Activate” link for “Testimonials Widget” at WordPress Admin > Plugins

Usage

  1. Watch Testimonial Widget
  2. Read How do I create a testimonial record?
  3. Add and manage testimonials through the Testimonials Widget menu in the WordPress admin area
  4. To display testimonials as a widget, go to the Appearance > Widgets menu and drag the Testimonials Slider widget into the desired widget area. Then configure the widget to select options and display as desired.
  5. Use the following shortcodes to display testimonials on a page, post, etc.
    • [testimonials] – Testimonials listings with paging
    • [testimonials_archives] – A monthly archive of your site’s testimonials
    • [testimonials_categories] – A list or dropdown of testimonials’ categories
    • [testimonials_examples] – Displays examples of commonly used testimonials’ shortcodes with attributes
    • [testimonials_options] – Displays summary of testimonials’ settings for use with shortcodes and theme functions
    • [testimonials_recent] – Your site’s most recent testimonials
    • [testimonials_slider] – Displays rotating testimonials or statically
    • [testimonials_tag_cloud] – A cloud of your most used testimonials’ tags
  6. Read theme functions usage for using the following theme helpers.
    • <?php echo testimonials(); // Testimonials listing with paging ?>
    • <?php echo testimonials_archives(); // A monthly archive of your site's testimonials ?>
    • <?php echo testimonials_categories(); // A list or dropdown of testimonials' categories ?>
    • <?php echo testimonials_examples(); // Displays examples of commonly used testimonials' shortcodes with attributes ?>
    • <?php echo testimonials_options(); // Displays summary of testimonials' settings for use with shortcodes and theme functions ?>
    • <?php echo testimonials_recent(); // Your site's most recent testimonials ?>
    • <?php echo testimonials_slider(); // Displays rotating testimonials or statically ?>
    • <?php echo testimonials_tag_cloud(); // A cloud of your most used testimonials' tags ?>
  7. See the Shortcode and Widget Options section for configuring shortcode and theme function attributes.

Tutorials

Upgrading

  • Through WordPress
    • Via WordPress Admin > Dashboard > Updates, click “Check Again”
    • Select plugins for update, click “Update Plugins”
  • Using FTP
    • Download and unzip testimonials-widget.zip locally
    • Upload directory testimonials-widget to your website’s /wp-content/plugins/ directory
    • Be sure to overwrite your existing testimonials-widget folder contents

Deactivation

  • Click the “Deactivate” link for “Testimonials Widget” at WordPress Admin > Plugins

Deletion

  • Click the “Delete” link for “Testimonials Widget” at WordPress Admin > Plugins
  • Click the “Yes, Delete these files and data” button to confirm “Testimonials Widget” plugin removal

Documentation

FAQ

Installation Instructions

Requirements

Install Methods

  • Through WordPress Admin > Plugins > Add New, Search for “Testimonials Widget”
    • Find “Testimonials Widget”
    • Click “Install Now” of “Testimonials Widget”
  • Download testimonials-widget.zip locally
    • Through WordPress Admin > Plugins > Add New
    • Click Upload
    • “Choose File” testimonials-widget.zip
    • Click “Install Now”
  • Download and unzip testimonials-widget.zip locally
    • Using FTP, upload directory testimonials-widget to your website’s /wp-content/plugins/ directory

Activation

  • Click the “Activate” link for “Testimonials Widget” at WordPress Admin > Plugins

Usage

  1. Watch Testimonial Widget
  2. Read How do I create a testimonial record?
  3. Add and manage testimonials through the Testimonials Widget menu in the WordPress admin area
  4. To display testimonials as a widget, go to the Appearance > Widgets menu and drag the Testimonials Slider widget into the desired widget area. Then configure the widget to select options and display as desired.
  5. Use the following shortcodes to display testimonials on a page, post, etc.
    • [testimonials] – Testimonials listings with paging
    • [testimonials_archives] – A monthly archive of your site’s testimonials
    • [testimonials_categories] – A list or dropdown of testimonials’ categories
    • [testimonials_examples] – Displays examples of commonly used testimonials’ shortcodes with attributes
    • [testimonials_options] – Displays summary of testimonials’ settings for use with shortcodes and theme functions
    • [testimonials_recent] – Your site’s most recent testimonials
    • [testimonials_slider] – Displays rotating testimonials or statically
    • [testimonials_tag_cloud] – A cloud of your most used testimonials’ tags
  6. Read theme functions usage for using the following theme helpers.
    • <?php echo testimonials(); // Testimonials listing with paging ?>
    • <?php echo testimonials_archives(); // A monthly archive of your site's testimonials ?>
    • <?php echo testimonials_categories(); // A list or dropdown of testimonials' categories ?>
    • <?php echo testimonials_examples(); // Displays examples of commonly used testimonials' shortcodes with attributes ?>
    • <?php echo testimonials_options(); // Displays summary of testimonials' settings for use with shortcodes and theme functions ?>
    • <?php echo testimonials_recent(); // Your site's most recent testimonials ?>
    • <?php echo testimonials_slider(); // Displays rotating testimonials or statically ?>
    • <?php echo testimonials_tag_cloud(); // A cloud of your most used testimonials' tags ?>
  7. See the Shortcode and Widget Options section for configuring shortcode and theme function attributes.

Tutorials

Upgrading

  • Through WordPress
    • Via WordPress Admin > Dashboard > Updates, click “Check Again”
    • Select plugins for update, click “Update Plugins”
  • Using FTP
    • Download and unzip testimonials-widget.zip locally
    • Upload directory testimonials-widget to your website’s /wp-content/plugins/ directory
    • Be sure to overwrite your existing testimonials-widget folder contents

Deactivation

  • Click the “Deactivate” link for “Testimonials Widget” at WordPress Admin > Plugins

Deletion

  • Click the “Delete” link for “Testimonials Widget” at WordPress Admin > Plugins
  • Click the “Yes, Delete these files and data” button to confirm “Testimonials Widget” plugin removal

Documentation

Testimonials Widget 3.0 Upgrading

This is a major overhaul without backwards compliance of over 80 changes. Please read the Testimonials Widget 3.0 and Testimonials Widget Premium 2.0 Upgrade Notice for more help.

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Reviews

The best testimonial plugin I have found

As a website developer I use various plugins for various purposes. By far the best plugin I have found for testimonials is this one. I have looked at a lot of testimonial plugins.

Plenty of flexibility in the free version and the added benefits and option in the paid version make it worth the investment.

Needs work, but almost there

The testimonials slide, but it seems the settings are ignored (there are a ton of hidden fields still showing in the HTML and in the admin editor), and there are no Arrows to allow people to control it themselves, not even on hover. Timing is too fast no matter what I put in there, and the text is all one big run-on sentence – breaks are ignored.

It has potential, just needs some tweaking to get it working properly.

Very Buggy

The autoplay delay doesn’t work properly. Many basic features need pro version and is probably buggy too.

Better off making your own custom post type.

This plugin lures you in only to realize that it’s just a custom post type. And it has odd behavior at that. Might as well just make your own custom post type. Call it, I don’t know, testimonials? https://codex.wordpress.org/Post_Types

Thanks

Works perfectly – brilliant – just what I was looking for. Thank you.

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Contributors & Developers

“Testimonials Widget” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

Contributors

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Changelog

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