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At it’s core, wp-reactions is designed to encourage readers to leave some sort of feedback after reading a post on your blog. Instead/as well as leaving a comment, Reactions gives readers the option of providing their ‘gut reaction’ to a post by providing a form consisting of a list of author-specified terms that the user can choose from.

The list of terms that a user can choose from to describe their reaction can be modified by the author to fit the needs of the blog. As a specific example, the author of a link-blog may choose to get feedback on whether readers have already seen the content elsewhere. This information could then be used to determine ‘freshness’ of the links.

Release Notes

  • 0.6.6: Fixed a bug where creating reactions on a fresh install would fail.
  • 0.6.5: Added pre-reaction text option to the admin page. Tidied up the form markup. Tweaked the retroactive updating (It won’t run if no changes have been made to the reactions).
  • 0.6: Added CSS classes to reactions markup to allow easy styling. Saving plugin options now applies the changes to all posts retroactively.
  • 0.5.1, 0.5.2: Bug fixing to get the initial release to actually work.
  • 0.5: Initial public release. Basic functionality has been implemented.


  • This is how the reactions appear on blog posts. The reactions are displayed alongside the number of times that reaction has been given.
  • This is the admin page for the reactions. Here you can add and remove reactions.


  1. unzip the plugin archive to your /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  3. Place <?php the_reactions(); ?> in your post template


When I click one of the reaction checkboxes, nothing happens! What’s wrong?

This is probably occuring because the javascript that handles the click event hasn’t been included. wp-reactions relies on the wp_head hook in order to include the javascript file. To remedy this, make sure that the code <?php wp_head(); ?> is included in before the </head> tag in your theme’s header.php file.

Contributors & Developers

“wp-reactions” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


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